Category: Agriculture

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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Northern farmers can again take advantage of free bus ride to MN Ag EXPO

Northern farmers will once again have the option to sit back, relax and enjoy the bus ride to MN Ag EXPO in Mankato next month. Farmers are encouraged to take advantage of the stress-free ride by hopping on the bus at one of four stops across northern Minnesota.

The bus will be picking up farmers in Red Lake Falls, Fertile Ada, Barnesville and Fergus Falls the morning of Jan. 23, which is the day before EXPO begins.

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New tillage guide says less is more

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The new Upper Midwest Tillage Guide provides Minnesota and North Dakota farmers with a resource for considering the right amount of tillage for their operation and which implements will help the farmer achieve new tillage goals.

The guide looks at the history of tillage before going into the benefits of reduced tillage and how to employ these strategies. Its authors are Jodi DeJong-Hughes,

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Major soil health research project revealed for World Soil Day

To celebrate World Soil Day, the Foundation for Food and Agriculture Research (FFAR) announced a project that will accelerate the adoption of soil health practices on farms by creating standardized measurements that show the benefits of soil health management.

The Nature Conservancy, Soil Health Institute and Soil Health Partnership received a $9.4 million grant from FFAR and matching funds from a number of companies and private donors. With the $20 million in funding,

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Minnesota Department of Ag offers helpline for stressed farmers

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture unveiled the Farm & Rural Helpline this fall as a resource for Minnesota farmers and rural residents under stress. The free, confidential service is available seven days a week, 24 hours a day.

While MDA long offered a crisis line to farmers, Meg Moynihan, state programs administrator principal with MDA, said the service was retooled and relaunched as the Farm & Rural Helpline to reach farmers before stress becomes a more serious crisis.

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End-of-year crop survey results needed for safety net programs

The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will survey approximately 90,000 U.S. producers for final information on 2017 row crops during the first two weeks of December. Details on harvested acreage, production and storage will be used to establish farm safety net programs, making it crucial farmers take the time to provide accurate information.

NASS uses the survey results to help establish county level estimates used by the Farm Service Agency (FSA) for the Agriculture Risk Coverage program and the Risk Management Agency to administer insurance programs.

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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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Registration now open for 2018 Ag EXPO

MN Ag EXPO will take over Mankato Jan. 24-25, 2018, at the Verizon Wireless Center. The biggest and best agricultural show in Minnesota features an excellent list of exhibitors and an engaging lineup of speakers. The event is free to attend for all farmers, and you can pre-register today.

On Wednesday, Jan. 24, Ron Lamberty from the American Coalition for Ethanol will begin the day with an update on the world of ethanol.

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Rain falling on late maturing crops poses challenge for MN farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers in West Central, Southwest and Southeastern regions of Minnesota are dealing with various levels of cold and wet that have halted the progress of soybean harvest and pushed corn harvest off for many until at least later this week.

Growing conditions throughout the season have resulted in crops that are slower to mature than in recent years, and grains and oilseeds have a higher moisture content and will require drying for storage.

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MCGA member receives national honor from Agriculture Future of America

Minnesota Corn Growers Association member Joel Mathiowetz was awarded the Agriculture Future of America “Young Leader in Agriculture” award. The Morgan, Minn., farmer received the award for his longtime contributions to agriculture and youth development.

Mathiowetz, who raises corn, soybean, peas and lambs, is a fifth generation farmer and a member of AFA for more than 20 years. When Mathiowetz first joined AFA it was an opportunity to speak with other farmer leaders during an economic downturn for farmers in 1998.

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