Category: Farming

For Minnesota farmers, a hurry-up-and-wait planting season

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

An April blizzard, following by cool weather made for a late start to planting in much of Minnesota farm country. And then a fresh batch of rain recently brought everything to a halt in many places.

Lake Wilson farmer Bryan Biegler said he was able to get about 150 acres planted in the second week of May, but then more rain hit. Since, he has been watching the weather closely hoping for a string of hot weather to dry things out.

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Planting season rush calls for important safety checks

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This may become one of the later planting seasons in memory in Minnesota. And with the clock ticking to get a crop into the ground, farmers will be under pressure to work long hours. This will increase certain risks, according to farm safety expert Bruce Alexander, director of Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) at the University of Minnesota.

In particular, Alexander sees fatigue and roadway safety as critical issues.

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Farm Camp Minnesota

Register today for Farm Camp Minnesota

Farm Camp Minnesota returns this summer for its seventh year, and registration is now open for children in grades three-six who are interested in attending the fun and educational day camp.

Farm Camp will be held at three different farm locations, including in the Sartell area (held on July 17), Waseca area (Aug. 13 and 14), and the Northfield area near Dundas (Aug. 16). Each camp is organized by local farmers and supported by farm organizations,

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MARL enters 18th year of training leaders in agriculture

(MARL participants toured Croatia to learn more about its developing ag sector)

Participants in the Minnesota Agriculture Research Program (MARL) recently capped off the 18-month program with an international study seminar in Croatia. The trip abroad is one of many experiences MARL graduates are exposed to as they work to become better leaders in Minnesota’s ag sector.

MARL was officially launched in 2000 as a two-year program open to ag professionals with leadership experience interested in learning applicable skills in leadership,

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Corn farmers invest in best management practices

By investing in the Minnesota corn check-off, our state’s corn farmers are setting the stage for profitability. While low commodity prices are a point of stress, allocating resources to improving the areas we can control is more important than ever. Over the coming weeks, we will be highlighting how your investment is doing just that.

Minnesota’s corn growers are working towards becoming the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation.

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draft Nitrogen Rule

2018 Nitrogen Smart dates announced

The 2018 Nitrogen Smart program will kick off Feb. 14 this year with an 11-city tour of educational seminars on nitrogen management. Supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, more than 600 farmers have already attended the seminars to learn about the latest research on efficient nitrogen management practices that not only reduce environmental impacts, but also costs for the farmer.

For example, after attending seminars in the first two years of the program,

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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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Leading ag researchers on display at MN Ag EXPO

MN Ag EXPO will again be the place to be for an up-close look at some of the most exciting research happening in the state that will shape future farm practices. It is also one of the only opportunities farmers will have to speak with the researchers leading these projects.

Leaders from the University of Minnesota will be on-hand at the Verizon Wireless Center on Jan. 24-25 to chat with farmers and ag professionals about their work.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Reduced versus traditional tillage

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Throughout the summer we have been highlighting projects from the 2017 Innovation Grant Program, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Through Dec. 15, you can apply to the 2018 Innovation Grant Program here. MCGA will be distributing as much as $300,000 to farmers interested in testing an idea on their farm.

While many farmers are sticking to traditional tilling practices,

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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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