Category: Farming

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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Financial Planning

Year-End Financials: Preparing for an effective visit with your lender

Now that fall harvest season has come to a close, farmers are beginning to meet with their lenders and financial advisors. Below is a brief guide that may be helpful when preparing for those visits. MCGA encourages growers to seek out experts that best suit their farm and financial needs.

Written By Joel Larson, AgStar Financial Services

How do you feel about meeting with your ag lender? Do you look forward to it,

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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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Flooded field, southern Minnesota

Battling wet conditions, Minnesota farmers wrap up bean harvest, more than half the corn is in the bin

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

This late summer and fall season in Minnesota has proved the saying that rain makes grain, with high yields being seen for both soybeans and corn.

“The yields are fantastic, for both soybeans and corn. The moisture level on the corn is nice and dry despite the wet weather. It’s running around 17 to 20 percent, and the quality is excellent,” reports Jerry Demmer, from his farm near Clarks Grove in south central Minnesota.

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Farmers: Remember to complete NASS surveys

The confidential crop survey from the National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will be arriving in your mailbox soon—and it’s very important that you take the time to complete it.

The number of farmers completing the NASS survey has been declining in recent years, and that’s bad news for farmers. Survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs—from the Agriculture Risk Coverage Program (county option) to the Price Loss Coverage Program—even farm appraisals.

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Research data collection near Morris

Research Profile: Carlson shares passion for cover crops, sustainability

Written by Nicole Krumrie

When Rebekah Carlson grew up helping out on her uncle’s farm in Nebraska, he always told her, “you’ve got the farm girl in you”. He was right.

After studying Biochemistry at Biola University in California, Carlson took a job as a crop consultant in Nebraska. Then, while working in agronomy, she wanted to learn more.

“I called up Dr. Don Wyse at the University of Minnesota to learn about programs. 

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