How being a farmer is like being a parent

By Kristie Swenson

As a mom and as a farmer, I can draw many similarities between parenting and farming.

As a parent, you are no longer responsible for “just” yourself. You are responsible for another life (or multiple lives, when you have multiple kids). You’re not only responsible for feeding, bathing, and clothing your child; you are also responsible for teaching, explaining, demonstrating, and learning, among other responsibilities.

It’s similar with being a farmer.

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Grain marketing slows down due to prices, weather

By Jonathan Eisenthal

Observers have tracked a slow down below the typically slow movement of grain in January and February this year.

“There’s no doubt that’s going on,” said Ed Usset about a recent trend of farmers holding onto more of their grain than usual after the 2013 harvest. Usset is a professor at the University of Minnesota and an expert in grain marketing.

“There’s some denial going on.

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The pros and cons of pre-plant, sidedress or split-applying nitrogen

Dr. Fabian Fernandez. a nutrient management and water quality specialist at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate spoke to more than 450 farmers and ag professionals at the 5th annual Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management conference on Tuesday in Mankato.

During his presentation, Fernandez offered insight into the pros and cons of pre-plant, sidedress and split applications of nitrogen (N).

Pre-plant
As long as Mother Nature cooperates,

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Record attendance at the Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management Conference

Are you looking to buy a new SPAD chlorophyll meter? Are you wondering if you should sidedress apply N? Are nitrogen fertilizer management plans part of your daily reading?

Then you would have fit right in at the 5th annual Crop Nutrient Management Conference in Mankato on Tuesday. And if you’re not sure what a SPAD chlorophyll meter is and have never picked up a nitrogen fertilizer management plan, you still would have fit right in.

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Information on corn, soybeans added to small grains update meetings in Northwest Minnesota

Blizzards, road closures, winter storms and wind chill warnings didn’t stop more than 400 farmers in Northwest Minnesota from attending a series of Small Grains Update meetings in mid-January. Minnesota grower associations representing corn, soybean and wheat braved the tricky roads and icy conditions to meet with growers at eight locations over four days to cover many important topics.

The meetings were held in conjunction with local crop improvement meetings and county soybean and corn grower association annual meetings.

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