Category: Innovation

Explore latest in food, ag, science at UMN Classes Without Quizzes

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Ever wonder what keeps a seed scientist up at night? While they toss and turn, they can’t stop thinking, ‘Will these two promising inbreds cross nicely and become a high-performing hybrid? And when we have a prizewinner, how will it do in different soils? In rainier or drier places?’

There’s a reason it takes years to develop a new corn variety.

Prof. Candy Hirsch will take a group of interested lay people on a one-hour tour through the ins and outs of corn inbreds and hybrids,

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Demmer Family

UMN Farm Family of the Game: The Demmer Family

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Julie and Jerry Demmer, Clarks Grove, Minn, were recently honored as a University of Minnesota (UMN) Gopher Hockey ‘Farm Family of the Game’. UMN and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) are honoring farm families this hockey season, spotlighting the importance of using best management practices that help preserve Minnesota’s rich natural resources.

In recognition for their conservation work, UMN hosted the Demmer family at a men’s hockey game this past month.

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MN House 2017

Legislative Update: Larger budget surplus drives tax reform talk

According to the Minnesota Management and Budget’s (MMB) February Forecast, which was issued on Tuesday, Feb. 28, the state is projected to have a slightly larger budget surplus than what was predicted back in November. As has been mentioned before, policymakers have been discussing a variety of ways to manage the budget surplus, now estimated at approximately $1.65 billion for the two-year budget cycle that begins July 1.

Tax relief measures are among the more popular proposals of how to allocate the surplus.

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Commodity Classic 2017

Commodity Classic 2017 draws thousands

Commodity Classic 2017 is well underway this week in San Antonio. The annual event, held March 2-4 this year, is America’s largest farmer-led, farmer-focused convention bringing together the National Corn Growers Association, American Soybean Association, National Association of Wheat Growers, National Sorghum Producers and the Association of Equipment Manufacturers for meetings and more.

The show attendance for 2017 is estimated to be at more than 9,000 individuals, with at least 4,000 of those attendees being farmers.

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Nitrogen efficiency key to yield contest winner’s success

Gary Prescher, Delavan, Minn., was recently named a state winner in the National Corn Growers Association’s (NCGA) “National Corn Yield Contest”. Prescher attributes his success to a long-term commitment to improved land and crop management practices; more specifically, soil health through improved drainage, in season crop monitoring with nitrogen, and fertility management.

Back in 2010, Prescher was examining his fields and considering additional ways to improve both consistency and productivity year-to-year.

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Minnesota corn farm-Summer 2016

Nitrogen management conferences focus on precision agriculture

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Hundreds of farmers and crop consultants had the opportunity last week to learn how they could improve their nitrogen management techniques and maximize inputs, while minimizing environmental impacts and helping their bottom line.

MAWRCIt was all part of the ninth annual Nutrient Management Conference held in St. Cloud, Minn. on Feb. 7. The conference was organized by the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) and supported by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

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Strip tillage on the Biegler farm

Water Summit addresses concerns, solutions for water quality

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A packed auditorium of farmers, local residents and government officials from across the state came together for Governor Dayton’s second annual Town Hall Water Summit, held on the campus of University of Minnesota-Morris in late January.

Water SummitThe day-long event focused on the complex issues facing Minnesota’s waters in both rural and urban areas of the state, and solutions to help improve water quality.

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ALAMN Station Event

American Lung Association MN continues to promote clean air benefits of ethanol

Written by Nicole Krumrie

Jon Hunter was recently named Director of Clean Air with the American Lung Association in Minnesota (ALAMN). But Hunter is no stranger to the ethanol or its clean air benefits; he’s has been working with ALA since 2010 on grant programs.

“I’m looking forward to seeing markets expand and how we can promote ethanol,” says Hunter. “It will be an interesting year to see how the markets and the ethanol world respond to change.”

This past year,

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Cody Sievert, UMN Farm Family of Game

UMN Gopher Hockey Farm Family of the Game: The Sievert Family

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Deric and Julie Sievert both grew up on dairy farms, so they know what’s left in the cow stall isn’t just a throw away. Paying particular attention to where those nutrients go keeps their farm, just north of Gibbon, going strong.

The Sievert family raises corn, soybeans, barley and alfalfa, along with cattle, hogs and sheep, and a few chickens. The Sieverts vary the application of manure according to where the soil needs it most,

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Keynote panel at MN Ag EXPO 2017

Agribusiness leaders consider trend towards mergers and impact on farmers

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Mergers among agribusinesses, like the consolidation of acres into larger farms, is a trend with pros and cons according to some leading figures in agribusiness. And it’s a trend that will remain a powerful economic force in the agricultural world.

“We are a trend following a trend,” says Steve Koep, the lead principal at a new Minneapolis-based business consulting firm, Clutch Performance, a go-to-market consulting and training group.

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