Finding the roadmap to healthy soil

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

On a sunny day early in the growing season, before the corn or soybean crop has had time to spread a canopy, the surface of the bare soil around the plants can reach temperatures upwards of 120 degrees.

“It basically cooks the biology right out of the soil,” said USDA Agriculture Research Service (ARS) plant physiologist and conservation ag advocate Jerry Hatfield. “But it doesn’t have to be that way.

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Minnesota Harvest

Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council to fill four seats in 2018

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) has four seats up for election in 2018. Consisting of 11 corn farmers elected from throughout the state, MCR&PC works with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to administer the efficient and effective investment of Minnesota’s corn check-off

Districts voting for council members in 2018 include districts 1, 2 and 4; districts 3, 5 and 6, district 8 and district 9. To see which district your county is located in,

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Moving billboards celebrate ethanol on grain trucks statewide

(Ethanol decals were dispersed at the recent Nicollet-Sibley Corn & Soybean Growers Annual Meeting)

Drivers who recently found themselves behind a grain truck may have noticed new signage touting the benefits of ethanol. Decals were distributed to farmers for placement on grain trucks statewide to promote the use of ethanol as part of an effort organized by the Renewable Fuels Association (RFA) and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Each sign cites why ethanol should be celebrated in American fuels.

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Ethanol and its future in retail to be examined at Ag EXPO

The past year has been encouraging for ethanol, as important milestones were met and progress was made in spreading awareness of the new unleaded 88 octane (E15) fuel option at the pump.

Ron Lamberty, senior vice president for the American Coalition of Ethanol, will be giving a presentation at MN Ag EXPO 2018, held Jan. 24-25 in Mankato, examining the future of ethanol from a retail perspective, including its growing benefit to retailers and consumers.

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Nitrogen Smart Workshop 2017

Nitrogen Smart seminar attendees realize big savings in fertilizer costs

University of Minnesota Extension has been holding Nitrogen Smart seminars across Minnesota to help farmers become more effective with their use of nitrogen. Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the seminars have been attended by more than 600 people in its first two years, and the feedback suggests it has been well worth their time.

At each seminar, led by Extension Educator Brad Carlson, farmers learn about the latest data and research behind nitrogen application practices that not only reduce environmental impact,

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