Weekend frost hits Minnesota's corn crop

Farmers were hoping it would hold off for at least a few more weeks, but frost rolled into Minnesota over the weekend and will likely have a negative impact on a corn crop planted late because of excessive spring rains.

Portions of 27 counties in Minnesota dipped to 32 degrees or lower this weekend according to the newest freeze map from the Midwestern Regional Climate Center.

Karl Duncanson, a corn and soybean farmer near Mapleton in Blue Earth county,

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Total tillage solutions field day draws big crowd

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

About 250 farmers gathered at a farm field seven miles south of Appleton in Lac qui Parle County to see demonstrations and hear information covering the entire spectrum of tillage, from ‘biological tillage’ (letting earthworms and tillage radishes do the heavy lifting) to moldboard plowing — the most invasive technique, but still a useful tool to be applied sparingly, according to the experts.

Farmer Jeff Olson generously offered his field for the demonstrations.

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When corn prices plunge, food prices don't follow

Remember when high corn prices and ethanol were blamed for rising food prices during the drought of 2008?

Big Oil and the anti-ethanol zealots were out in full force, pushing the food vs. fuel myth and questioning why we use corn to make ethanol instead of food.

Today, corn prices have come down 50 percent from their peak. However, food prices haven’t budged. In fact, according to a new study from the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA),

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MCGA signs coalition letter to prevent WOTUS rule implementation

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is one of 23 Minnesota farm and business organizations signing a letter supporting bipartisan bill H.R. 5078, Waters of the United States Regulatory Overreach Protection Act of 2014.

H.R. 5078 will prevent the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Army Corps of Engineers from finalizing and adopting the proposed Waters of the United States (WOTUS) rule.

The letter was sent to Minnesota’s congressional and senate delegation.

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Corn farmers team up with the Minnesota Gophers

On the farm, corn farmers and gophers have a contentious relationship. Gophers just wants to dig their holes in peace. Corn farmers find nothing peaceful about fields dotted with gopher holes and dirt mounds.

On the football field, hockey rink and basketball court, however, Gophers and corn farmers get along just fine.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is teaming with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers to recognize conservation-minded corn farmers during all home football games through the “Farm Team Family of the Game”

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