Category: Agriculture

Brrrrrr! Morocco trade team warms up at Minnesota corn farms, ethanol plant

The temperature in Morocco was around 65 degrees Fahrenheit on Tuesday. Here in Minnesota, temperatures struggled to stay above zero as icy winds gusted up to 15 miles-per-hour.

The frigid conditions and drastic temperature difference didn’t stop a Moroccan trade team from learning more about homegrown ethanol and Minnesota corn farming, though. A delegation that included representatives from three major feed companies in Morocco stopped by Feltis Farms in Stewartville, the Guardian Energy ethanol facility in Janesville and Jerry Demmer’s corn and soybean farm in Clarks Grove.

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Poultry industry clucks about the RFS while raking in record profits

Million $ TurkeyAs the poultry industry demands a repeal of the Renewable Fuels Standard (RFS), poultry corporations are making more money than they ever have before.

Tyson Foods Inc. reported sales of $34.4 billion in fiscal year 2013 and a share price of $2.22. “2013 was the best year in company history in terms of record sales and earnings per share,” Donnie Smith, Tyson’s president and chief executive officer, said in a statement.

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Cover crops get some northern exposure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a field day at a 12-acre plot with different varieties of cover crops sown into corn and soybean fields near Roscoe, Minn. About 50 attendees — farmers, conservationists and educators — came on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to hear the experts talk about how cover crops really can work in Minnesota, and how they invigorate soil biology,

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Finding My Way to CommonGround

Written by Kristie Swenson

An uneventful 6th-grade sleepover turned into a defining moment in my life: my passion for agricultural literacy was ignited.  I grew up on a farm 13 miles from the nearest town, and when my friends and I went to feed our cattle, my friend, Sara, asked, “So, those are cows… right?”

I was shocked that Sara, who lived in a rural town (of which agriculture was,

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Minnesota's corn harvest kicked into high gear last week

The combines were rolling in full force throughout the state last week as Minnesota corn farmers harvested more than one-fourth of this year’s total crop.

With 48 percent of Minnesota corn now harvested, we’re still behind the five-year average for this time by about 12 percent, but it’s a significant jump from from the week before when only 19 percent of the corn was harvested.

Nationally, 59 percent of the corn crop has been harvested,

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Helping farmers navigate the latest conservation-related reports, programs, strategies and initiatives

FarmKeeping up with the latest reports, studies, regulations, programs and initiatives related to conservation can sometimes make a farmer’s head spin.

Over the last couple of months, several reports have been released and strategies proposed by various agencies and organizations that aim to improve Minnesota’s water quality and enhance on-farm conservation efforts. These reports total almost 1,000 pages, span dozens of websites, involve multiple organizations and encompass several government programs and non-governmental initiatives.

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Mazes, Mascots, and More: MCGA Day is a Success at Sever's Corn Maze

A little hail and a few sprinkles weren’t going to dampen the spirits of those at Sever’s Corn Maze & Fall Festival this past Saturday. Smiles and laughter seemed to be the theme of the day as thousands of visitors ignored Mother Nature’s grumblings and, instead, enjoyed the many attractions and activities at Sever’s.

In addition to the normal dose of slide rides, corn maze fun, and exotic animals, visitors on October 5th got in on a special treat.

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New University of Minnesota professor spotlights nutrient management strategies

With support from Minnesota’s corn farmers, Dr. Fabian Fernandez is the new assistant professor of nutrient management at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate.

“There is no single silver bullet that will solve all the problems in managing nutrients, but instead we have to use many different strategies to achieve that reduction,” Fernandez said.

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council has devoted approximately $1 million through farmer-funded corn check-off dollars to the creation of Fernandez’ position at the U and supporting his research activities.

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