NDSU Extension Agents bring farmers together to discuss strategies

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WILLISTON, N.D. - Just like oil prices, other commodity prices have struggled, which has put pressure on North Dakota Farmers.

Divide, Williams and McKenzie NDSU Extension Agents brought farmers from the northwest part of the state together Monday.

Discussion focused on how to deal with Vomitoxin, how to impliment precision ag and a marketing update on the next year. Officials say that since production costs have come down a bit, many farmers are breaking even right now. And if farmers pick when they sell carefully, there exists a chance to make a profit.

"So there will be some better pricing opportunities, but there will be very very tight windows, there will be small opportunities, small windows. So you've got to make sure you're paying attention to it and make some sales when those opportunities appear," says Frayne Olson, NDSU Marketing Specialist.

Olson says it would take a large production problem to increase prices to where farmers feel entirely comfortable. He went on to say the best chance for that would be a poor harvest from Brazil this year.