Category: Innovation

Information on corn, soybeans added to small grains update meetings in Northwest Minnesota

Blizzards, road closures, winter storms and wind chill warnings didn’t stop more than 400 farmers in Northwest Minnesota from attending a series of Small Grains Update meetings in mid-January. Minnesota grower associations representing corn, soybean and wheat braved the tricky roads and icy conditions to meet with growers at eight locations over four days to cover many important topics.

The meetings were held in conjunction with local crop improvement meetings and county soybean and corn grower association annual meetings.

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University of Minnesota study shows reduced-fat distillers performs on par with full-fat product

The removal of oil from distillers grains, as another way to add revenue to ethanol production, has become near universal in the ethanol industry.

The change has raised questions about the impact on the distillers grains product for beef producers — the main consumers of distillers grains. Researchers with the University of Minnesota Beef Team have stepped up to look at the question and have found solid evidence that reduced-fat distillers grains perform just as well in terms of weight gain and other performance indicators.

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Cover crops get some northern exposure

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) and University of Minnesota Extension recently hosted a field day at a 12-acre plot with different varieties of cover crops sown into corn and soybean fields near Roscoe, Minn. About 50 attendees — farmers, conservationists and educators — came on Wednesday, Oct. 30, to hear the experts talk about how cover crops really can work in Minnesota, and how they invigorate soil biology,

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New University of Minnesota professor spotlights nutrient management strategies

With support from Minnesota’s corn farmers, Dr. Fabian Fernandez is the new assistant professor of nutrient management at the University of Minnesota’s Department of Soil, Water and Climate.

“There is no single silver bullet that will solve all the problems in managing nutrients, but instead we have to use many different strategies to achieve that reduction,” Fernandez said.

The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council has devoted approximately $1 million through farmer-funded corn check-off dollars to the creation of Fernandez’ position at the U and supporting his research activities.

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SROC centennial celebration helps build connections to farming

In 1912-1913 the University of Minnesota purchased 240 acres in Waseca County, for the purpose of creating a “practical” farm that would operate according to the latest research information and best management practices. One hundred years later, the University’s “practical farm” continues as the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC), an important center for agricultural research, whose work has implications for farmers – and those who depend on farmers – around the world.

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Farm Tour Highlights Nitrate Reduction Strategies

Two research locations in the coarse-textured soils of Central Minnesota highlight the sensitivity of the region to groundwater impacts, but also show how eager farmers are to come up with solutions that reduce the presence of nitrate-nitrogen below very stringent levels.

The Clean Water Fund generated by the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Amendment sales tax approved by Minnesota voters presents a number of opportunities to protect or remediate groundwater resources impacted by surface runoff.

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Green Star Farms Initiative: Benchmarking and Accelerating On-Farm Best Management Practices

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The land that brothers Nathan and Sean Collins farm in Murdock, Minn., has been in production for 150 years. They are the fourth generation of farmers in the Collins family.

According to Nathan, the thriving of that land — as healthy and productive as its ever been — and the thriving of the Collins family goes hand in hand.

That’s why he jumped at the opportunity to join the Green Star Farms Initiative,

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Ag Water Quality Experts Tour Minnesota Discovery Farms Network

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Farmers want to know the volume of nutrients and sediment leaving their land. Eleven such producers across the state of Minnesota take part in Minnesota Discovery Farms Network, and three of these farms hosted a tour of agricultural water quality experts on Aug. 13-15 from states that have each developed their own Discovery Farms network.

Warren Formo, director of Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center,

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