Category: Farming

Minnesota Department of Agriculture launches resource for farmers dealing with stress

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture launched MinnesotaFarmStress.com as a quick way to find people and organizations that are able to help Minnesota farmers and farm families with unique challenges on the farm.

At MinnesotaFarmStress.com, visitors can clearly see the various resources available to help with financial, emotional, legal, family and other challenges on the farm.

Resources include the Minnesota Farm & Rural Helpline at 833-600-2670, which is answered 24/7 by staff who are trained to help farmers who are struggling with stress or depression.

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National Corn Growers Association Fields-of-Corn Contest wants your harvest photos

The National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) announced the Fifth-Annual Fields-of-Corn Contest, calling for both amateur and professional photographers to help share the story of farming field corn in America. Through this contest, NCGA captures high-resolution photos of corn growth from seed to harvest and the families that grow it.

Open for entries until November 30, 2018, the Fields-of-Corn photo contest offers a free opportunity for photographers to share their work while competing for 25 cash prizes.

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Palmer amaranth concerns reinforce need to review seed labels

Concerning reports from Minnesota farm country have identified Palmer amaranth in farm fields, with the latest coming last week in Jackson County. While state officials are hard at work investigating the source of the invasive weed, farmers can play a role in preventing it spreading by taking extra precautions.

First, officials have recommended farmers take an extra look at the labels found on cover crop seed mixtures. Palmer amaranth is listed as a “Prohibitive Weed Seed,” meaning it is not allowed in any seed offered for sale in the state.

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Fall weather brings harvest to a halt across MN

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The majority of Minnesota’s corn crop—75 percent—has been rated good to excellent in the latest National Agricultural Statistics Service report (October 15), and the crop is ahead of average for maturity by this date—97 percent mature, compared to 90 percent average over the previous five years.

But a scant 1.1 days last week were suitable for field work, and crop progress reflects the challenges imposed by cold,

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Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council now accepting research proposals via online portal

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is now accepting research proposals related to corn production and stewardship, and expanded uses for corn. From research focused on soil fertility and nutrient management to new product developments utilizing corn, MCR&PC will be looking for proposals that bring an economic benefit to the state’s corn growers and improve their sustainability.

Unlike past Request for Proposals (RFP) periods, proposals will only be accepted online. Those interested must submit their online proposal by Dec.

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Following major storm, disaster aid being considered for farmers in southern MN

In response to major storms sweeping across southern Minnesota last night, farmers in the region may be interested in resources that will help with their recovery efforts. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) have programs in place to provide aid to farmers in recovery, but first a disaster declaration will need to be made to make both accessible.

MDA’s Disaster Recovery Loan Program offers funds to farmers for expenses not covered by insurance.

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Zero-interest loans available to farmers still recovering from last week’s rain

The wet summer for farmers in southern Minnesota hit a new level last week with torrential downpours making lakes of countless crop acres. Now a week later, the stage of recovery varies greatly through the region.

Near Walnut Grove in Cottonwood County, Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Jean Knakmuhs said her farm received as much as 15 inches of rain Tuesday morning. Area rivers are well over their banks, causing severe flooding in area farm fields.

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‘Field To Fork’ Blogger Bash connects farmers, foodies

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Last week, CommonGround Minnesota held it’s annual “Field To Fork” Blogger Bash, inviting Twin Cities bloggers and foodies to Wolf Creek Dairy near Dundas for an evening of conversation about food and farming.

Guests toured the farm and used the power of social media to bring their fans along as they learned about modern agriculture. For example, those following along online learned that it takes a mere 48 hours from the time the cows are milked,

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Groundwater Protection Rule: What’s next?

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) released the proposed Groundwater Protection Rule – previously referred to as the Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule – on April 24, 2018. The Groundwater Protection Rule was formally published in the Minnesota State Register on April 30th, followed by an 80-day comment period.

The proposed Groundwater Protection Rule, the statement of need and reasonableness, appendixes for the statement of need and reasonableness and the notice of public hearings are listed on the MDA website here. 

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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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