Challenging year brings bountiful harvests in Minnesota

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Harvest is wrapping up this Thanksgiving week in Minnesota, with farmers bringing in corn and other crops from the last remaining acres, and many of them are seeing pleasant surprises scroll across the yield monitors in their combines.

“I’m thankful for another safe and bountiful harvest season,” said Kirby Hettver, a farmer near Willmar who is also president of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. “Obviously,

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Twin Cities drivers take notice of 88 Octane at the pump

Drivers who have been making their way through the Twin Cities this fall and early winter are noticing a cheaper fuel that offers better engine performance called 88 Octane. Better known as E15, the fuel isn’t actually new, however. What is new is the approach taken by the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAM) to market it.

ALAM has been a longtime partner of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association in its efforts to market the cleaner burning fuel’s air quality benefits,

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Matt Wiebers

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer and fall we have been highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality. You can apply to the 2018 Innovation Grant Program here.

As an Innovation Grant recipient, Matt Wiebers is working with farmers to find the optimal nitrogen rate on their farms through trials that not only provide actionable information,

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Ecuador livestock producers come to MN in search of alternative feed

A group of farmers from small to mid-sized poultry, swine and dairy farms in Ecuador visited Minnesota earlier this week for a close look at the production of American DDGS, as they explore the ethanol coproduct as an alternative feed.

While it produces its own corn, Ecuador has tight restrictions on corn imports. However the price of corn in the country is high, which led livestock producers to learn more about the production and safety of DDGS as a possible alternative to import.

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MN ag leaders promote the importance of free trade

AgriGrowth held its annual meeting last week in the Twin Cities, bringing together representatives from agriculture and the food systems industry. With the renegotiation of NAFTA front-of-mind for many in the ag sector, the meeting kicked off with a panel session on trade and what is at stake for U.S. agriculture.

The panel featured Devry Boughner Vorwerk, vice president of global corporate affairs at Cargill, Jeff Nawn, global grain trade and biotech affairs lead for DuPont Pioneer,

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