Category: Conservation

Mehrkens Family

Goldy digs conservation, and so does the Mehrkens family

written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Mehrkens family, who farm just outside Thief River Falls, were honored for their conservation work by the University of Minnesota and Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) in late December.

As part of recognizing their commitment to conservation, Goldy Gopher took Kaleb Mehrkens, 9, on a Zamboni ride around the rink at Mariucci Arena during the December 30 men’s hockey game. Kaleb is the family’s resident hockey fanatic – even his figure-skating older sisters,

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Nitrogen Smart Workshop 2017

Minnesota farmers get ‘Nitrogen Smart’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers across Minnesota have been delving into a series of seminars called ‘Nitrogen Smart’, supported by Minnesota Corn Growers Association. The seminars, hosted by Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Center (MAWRC), are presented by experts from University of Minnesota Extension.

Eight ‘Nitrogen Smart’ workshops took place across the state in December, from Slayton to Faribault. Each meeting was geared to the particular region where it was set,

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Great River Greening

MCGA and Great River Greening partner on water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

In its 21 years, Great River Greening has worked primarily on wildlife habitat restoration, marshaling 39,000 community volunteers to help restore 18,000 acres of Minnesota prairies and forests.

In 2011, the organization began to move forward with comprehensive watershed work to improve water quality—work that has recently advanced with the help of grants and technical support from Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Seven Mile Creek,

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The Novak Family

Novak family recognized as ‘Farm Family of the Game’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Novak family are hard-working, conservation-minded farmers in the northwest corner of Minnesota. They were recently honored at a University of Minnesota men’s hockey game, as the ‘Gophers Farm Family of the Game.’

Garrett and Andrea Novak, of St. Hilaire (six miles south of Thief River Falls) have four daughters: Natalie, 12; Miranda, 10; Aliyah, 7; and Bristol, 4. The two older daughters accompanied mom and dad to the game at Mariucci Arena,

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Kristie Swenson

CommonGround volunteers talk advanced plant breeding techniques

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

With great precision, advanced plant breeding techniques with acronyms like CRISPR, CRISPR-Cas, and TALEN, will more reliably produce the food consumers are looking for and, at the same time, help farmers conserve natural resources, reduce impacts on the environment, and plant crops with a greater assurance that what they plant will grow to maturity and be gathered at harvest time.

A small group of CommonGround volunteers from across the U.S.

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World Soil Day: Dig into Soil Health

The Soil Health Partnership commemorates World Soil Day on Dec. 5 by encouraging farmers to consider ways they can improve soil health. Not sure where to start? Take a few minutes to watch this fun and informative white board video, “Farmers to the Rescue: How Healthy Soil Can Save the Planet.”

Soil Health PartnershipThe group also will host a Virtual Field Day Webinar on Thursday, Dec. 15 at 11:00 a.m.

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Don’t miss the Conservation Tillage Conference Dec. 13-14

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Minnesota Corn is proud to sponsor the Conservation Tillage Conference (CTC) coming up December 13-14, 2016. The two day conference, hosted in Fargo, North Dakota, features breakout sessions, table talks, farmer panels, demonstrations, and keynote speakers.

CTC is a great way for farmers to gain insight from other growers, agronomists, academic experts, and production economists on how to better conserve natural resources and on-farm inputs,

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Nitrogen Smart workshops are coming to your area

University of Minnesota Extension invites growers to attend one of several upcoming Nitrogen Smart workshops.

Nitrogen Smart focuses on fundamentals for maximizing economic return on nitrogen investments and minimizing nitrogen losses. Each workshop is tailored to fit that specific region of the state.

“The goal of these sessions is to help farmers gain a better understanding of how to manage nitrogen more effectively,” says Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension educator and workshop presenter.

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Battling wet conditions, harvest 2016

Farmers battling wet conditions, still getting the job done

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The late October skies brought another three inches of rain to southeast Minnesota and some parts of western Minnesota, while a wide band across the middle of the state got an inch-plus of unwanted rain: But farmers still managed to make significant harvest progress.

Northwest Minnesota has joined the ranks of major corn and soybean producing areas. John Swanson, of Mentor, who farms with his son,

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Warm fall soil temps delay nitrogen application

Written by Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger
University of Minnesota Extension Educators in Agricultural Water Quality Protection

Despite delays due to wet weather, harvest is in progress or already finished for most Minnesota row crop acres. Now an important decision for many farmers is whether or not, and when, to apply fall nitrogen fertilizer. Fall nitrogen fertilizer is only recommended in the northern and western part of the state where climate and soils make nitrogen loss less likely.

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