Corn Links: A Roundup of Corn News and Information From Around the Web

John Peterson on his 1,600 acre corn and soybean farm in North Branch. (Photo courtesy of the Star Tribune

Who needs Google when you have the Minnesota CORNerstone blog? Every now and then we’ll bring you Corn Links, a collection of the latest corn and farming-related news, information, links and commentary from around the web.

  • Kudos to Star Tribune outdoors columnist Dennis Anderson, who has taken shots at farmers over the years, for keeping an open mind and coming away impressed after a visit to John Peterson’s corn and soybean farm in North Branch. Anderson was on the farm to learn more about Peterson’s conservation practices and how groups like Discovery Farms are conducting on-farm research to address water quality and sediment runoff on Minnesota farms. Anderson wants to visit other farms and learn more about what farmers are doing to improve water quality and preserve the environment. Wouldn’t it be great if Mr. Anderson’s inbox was flooded with invitations from Minnesota corn farmers? Email danderson@startribune.com if you want him to write about conservation practices on your farm. This is an excellent opportunity for farmers to proactively tell their conservation story.
  • The University of Minnesota will appoint a task force to examine the possibility of integrating faculty and staff from the College of Food, Agriculture and Natural Resources (CFANS) and the College of Biological Sciences (CBS). Both CBS and CFANS already have a number of working alliances and cross-appointments, according to a news release from the U of M. “Consideration of a new consolidated structure will position us more strongly to advance research and outreach to stakeholders and communities across the state and globally,” said Brian Buhr, interim CFANS Dean.
  • DuPont Pioneer recently showed off a $2.5 million expansion of its corn research center in Mankato. The expansion doubled the size of the seed processing area, tripled the size of the seed vault, remodeled the office area and added a 180-by-90 machine shed and shop. The research site employs 24 people full time and has many seasonal staff.
  • Here is the latest on a new Farm Bill: It’s still a mess.
  • The Minnesota Department of Agriculture will hold the first of six public meetings on Thursday night on its news nitrogen fertilizer management plan for state farmers. Thursday’s meeting is in Marshall, with others scheduled later this month in Crookston, Wadena, St. Cloud, Rochester and Roseville.
  • The Cedar Rapids Kernels — the Class A minor-league affiliate of the Minnesota Twins — are in the Midwest League playoffs. They lost game one to the Quad City River Bandits on Wednesday and need some good vibes from corn farmers to get back on track. We can’t let a team with a corn-themed nickname lose to a team named after low-grade pirate knockoffs. Go Kernels!

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