Palmer amaranth concerns reinforce need to review seed labels

Concerning reports from Minnesota farm country have identified Palmer amaranth in farm fields, with the latest coming last week in Jackson County. While state officials are hard at work investigating the source of the invasive weed, farmers can play a role in preventing it spreading by taking extra precautions.

First, officials have recommended farmers take an extra look at the labels found on cover crop seed mixtures. Palmer amaranth is listed as a “Prohibitive Weed Seed,” meaning it is not allowed in any seed offered for sale in the state.

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Fall weather brings harvest to a halt across MN

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The majority of Minnesota’s corn crop—75 percent—has been rated good to excellent in the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report (October 15), and the crop is ahead of average for maturity by this date—97 percent mature, compared to 90 percent average over the previous five years.

But a scant 1.1 days last week were suitable for field work, and crop progress reflects the challenges imposed by cold,

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Sen. Smith visits Cannon Falls corn farm to discuss issues impacting farmers

U.S. Senator Tina Smith visited the farm of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) director Les Anderson in Cannon Falls to discuss the issues impacting the state’s corn growers. The visit was the latest in the “MN Corn Grows MN” initiative, which was launched to bring candidates for elected office to family corn farms to raise awareness of the importance of corn farming in our state.

Anderson, joined by his wife Jeannie,

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Minnesota Corn in the news

From co-hosting Tuesday’s Greater Minnesota Gubernatorial Debate to President Trump’s long-awaited announcement on year-round E15 sales, it has been a busy week in the corn world, and the media have taken notice. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and its grower leaders have had an opportunity to participate in a number of interviews with Minnesota print, radio and television outlets.

Here is a quick rundown of where you may have noticed MCGA in the news:

On Tuesday,

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MCGA welcomes year-round sales of E15

President Donald Trump announced this afternoon that consumers will now have year-round access to E15, providing Minnesotans and beyond another option at the pump and helping grow demand for the nation’s corn farmers. Minnesota Corn Growers Association President Brian Thalmann released the following statement on today’s development:

We thank President Trump for following through on his commitment to America’s farmers. Corn farmers across the country have been advocating for year-round sales of E15 to help grow demand,

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