Category: Farming

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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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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