Category: Farming

Program details State Fair experience from 4-H perspective

The Minnesota State Fair may have wrapped up on Labor Day weekend, but fans can relive the “Great Minnesota Get-Together” from the 4-H perspective with “Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders.”

Sponsored by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), “Minnesota 4-H: Growing True Leaders” showcases Minnesota 4-H’ers demonstrating what they have learned through local 4-H clubs. The program aired on Pioneer Public Television earlier this month during National 4-H Week and can be viewed online here.

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Rain falling on late maturing crops poses challenge for MN farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers in West Central, Southwest and Southeastern regions of Minnesota are dealing with various levels of cold and wet that have halted the progress of soybean harvest and pushed corn harvest off for many until at least later this week.

Growing conditions throughout the season have resulted in crops that are slower to mature than in recent years, and grains and oilseeds have a higher moisture content and will require drying for storage.

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U.S. corn operations welcome North African buyers for nationwide tour

Corn and feed grain buyers representing the North African countries of Egypt, Morocco, Algeria and Tunisia visited Minnesota last week as part of a tour of American grain operations. While in Minnesota, the group visited Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Les Anderson’s farm in Cannon Falls.

At Anderson’s farm, the group took a tour of his corn fields, equipment and grain storage while discussing the quality assurance measures used on Minnesota farms.

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Field day touts bottom-line benefits of soil health

(Photo: Soil Health Partnership Director Nick Goeser shows the benefits of cover crops up close)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Bryan Biegler has planted mixes of rye grass, turnips, brassicas and more as cover crops between the rows of his corn and soybeans. His hope is the right mix will mean he can stop applying pre-emergent herbicide.

In August, Biegler hosted about 60 farmers, agronomists and conservationists recently at a field day to discuss his work with soil-friendly cover crops and reduced tillage.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Brian Ryberg

The 2017 Innovation Grant Program is well underway, with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) investing more than $250,000 in 23 farmer-led projects focused on conservation. Throughout the summer we have been highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality.

There was a time when Brian Ryberg tilled the land on his Buffalo Lake farm until the soil was solid black prior to another season of corn-on-corn planting.

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MN Corn Grows MN

MCGA invites all gubernatorial candidates to visit a family corn farm

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) announced it is inviting all 2018 gubernatorial candidates to a one-on-one farm experience with a Minnesota corn farmer. With this invitation, growers hope to build relationships and foster conversation about farmers’ commitment to conservation, and also emphasize the significant economic impact of agriculture in both rural and urban communities in Minnesota.

“Minnesota corn farmers look forward to hosting all gubernatorial candidates, regardless of political persuasion, on a farm to help share how growers are working to raise high quality crops while caring for our state’s natural resources,” said MCGA President Harold Wolle.

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NCGA Corn Congress 2017

Minnesota corn farmers attend NCGA’s 2017 Corn Congress

Written by Mariah Larson

Last week, 18 members of the MCGA and MCR&PC flew out to Washington D.C., to join delegates from across the U.S. for the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) 2017 Corn Congress. Held every July, NCGA’s two-day annual meeting elects officers to the NCGA board, reviews resolutions, hosts discussions related to U.S. agriculture, and meets with political leaders and government officials within agencies and departments in Washington.

A big topic of interest with the upcoming renewal next year,

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Former MCGA president remembered

Ray Thorn, Jr., (center)

First-ever Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) President Ray Thorn, Jr., passed away last week at the age of 75. Thorn will always be remembered by MCGA as a driving force behind uniting Minnesota corn growers to form the organization.

Thorn, who farmed just north of Mankato, led the first organized meeting with MCGA members in June 1978 attended by more than 150 corn growers. Thorn was an active voice in raising awareness of the need for corn farmers to take a role in helping market their commodity.

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Rain slows farmers in southern Minnesota, cold slows emergence in northwest

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The corn crop in Minnesota is on track, with most parameters ahead of the five-year average. However, with prolonged wet and cool conditions across the southern tier of the state, some farmers in the region are still planting. Moving northwest, farmers have seen dry conditions, but cold weather has led to slowed emergence.

The latest USDA report has corn planting in Minnesota nearing completion, with 96 percent of acreage planted.

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MN State Capitol

Legislative Recap: End of session and special session full of drama

The Legislature did not fully complete its business, including the passage of omnibus tax and budget bills, by the constitutional deadline of May 22nd at midnight, and went into a special session that finally concluded early Friday morning. Following is a report regarding key legislative issues important to farmers:

BUFFER LEGISLATION
The omnibus environmental and natural resources policy and finance bill was passed just before the close of the regular session. As amended,

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