Category: Agriculture

Minnesota's prevented planting dates for corn approaching

Unfortunately, Mother Nature has delayed corn planting once again this spring. Farmers who can’t even get in the fields due to the cold and wet spring may end up using the prevented planting coverage of their crop insurance policy.

Prevented planting occurs when an insured crop fails to get planted by the final planting date designated in the insurance policy. For the southern two-thirds of Minnesota, the final plant date for corn is May 31 (June 10 for soybeans) in order to receive full crop insurance coverage for 2014.

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University of Minnesota Extension: Working with corn farmers for more than 100 years

One-hundred years ago today, Congress passed the Smith-Lever Act, which allocated funding for outreach activities to expand vocational, agricultural, and home demonstration programs in rural America at Land Grant Universities throughout the United States. Today we know this federal, state and county initiative as Extension.

Minnesota was actually ahead of the rest of the country when it started Extension services in 1909, before the Smith-Lever Act was passed. Today,

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Corn-fed research: New publication highlights corn farmers' support for beef initiatives

Yes, it’s called the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, but its investments and support provide a boost for all of agriculture.

Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested nearly $3 million in research and programs that improve and support the production of beef livestock. These investments are highlighted by MCGA in a new publication titled “Minnesota Corn Growers Association Beef Initiatives.”

“Cattle farmers are one of our largest customers,”

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A quick update on farming, buffer strips and the Minnesota Shoreland Rule

A recent story in the Star Tribune questioned whether a large number of farmers in Southern Minnesota are in violation of the law for growing crops near rivers and streams. Despite what the story implied, state regulations on buffer strips are not absolute.

The Minnesota Shoreland Rule requires a 50-foot buffer strip along all lakes greater than 25 acres and, essentially, all permanent streams. However, farming is permitted and buffer strips are not required if 1) the farmer is operating under an approved conservation plan from USDA’s Natural Resource &

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A quick update on DNR irrigation permits

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) remains engaged with lawmakers and agencies about issues surrounding farming and water sources. As fewer people are elected to office with an agriculture background, it’s important that corn farmers continue to have a seat at the table as regulations are debated and laws are introduced that impact Minnesota’s farms.

Recently, farmers have expressed concerns about irrigation issues, specifically the irrigation permitting process with the Department of Natural Resources (DNR).

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Talking fast and planting straight

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched its “Minnesota Farm Team” campaign last week to highlight how corn farmers take care of our land, water and soil. MinnesotaCornerstone.com will profile a different member of the Farm Team every day this week.

To Joe Maidl, a nice, straight crop row is more than an aesthetic satisfaction — it saves time, money, fuel and lowers farming’s carbon footprint.

Maidl farms in Lafayette: “It’s the middle or the south central or what you might call the belly button of the state,”

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The farmer and the opera singer

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched its “Minnesota Farm Team” campaign last week to highlight how corn farmers take care of our land, water and soil. MinnesotaCornerstone.com will profile a different member of the Farm Team every day this week.

Gary Overgaard’s seed customers know about his passion for farming. They know he’s into technology that makes farming more productive and more sustainable. Not all of them know he’s married to an opera singer.

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The “King” of buffer strips

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched its “Minnesota Farm Team” campaign last week to highlight how corn farmers take care of our land, water and soil. MinnesotaCornerstone.com will profile a different member of the Farm Team every day this week.

Bill Brown and his family were named the Watonwan County Farm Family of the Year in 2013 by the University of Minnesota. After talking farming with Bill for just a few minutes,

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Lori Feltis: Playing a no-tillage tune

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association launched its “Minnesota Farm Team” campaign last week to highlight how corn farmers take care of our land, water and soil. MinnesotaCornerstone.com will profile a different member of the Farm Team every day this week.

If you’re looking for someone who is passionate about farming, Lori Feltis fits the bill. If you’re looking for someone to play a few tunes on the accordion, Lori can do that,

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MCGA Launches “Minnesota Farm Team” Campaign to Highlight Conservation Practices

Minnesota Farm TeamWhat does corn farming, Elvis Presley, buffer strips and playing the accordion have in common? It’s all part of a new campaign launched by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) to highlight the conservation efforts of Minnesota corn farmers.

The campaign features 30-second radio commercials during Minnesota Twins games that profile a member of the “Minnesota Farm Team,” which is made up of corn farmers who have implemented a specific conservation practice on their farm to improve water quality,

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