Tag: Ag Research

Field day on July 17 takes comprehensive look at cover crop strategies

As part of its mission to make farming more productive and sustainable through soil health, the Soil Health Partnership is holding a field day Tuesday, July 17, in Buffalo Lake for an up-close look at cover crop strategies.

Hosted on the farm of Brian Ryberg, who is a Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Participant, the field day is titled “Growing Farm Returns through Soil Health.” From 1:30 p.m.

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Early results indicate corn could feed surging shrimp industry

While 1.6 billion pounds of shrimp is consumed annually in the United States, 80 percent of its supply is imported. Balaton-based trū Shrimp is looking to change that by growing healthy shrimp in southwestern Minnesota, and it is researching corn as its main food source.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association, under the direction of the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council, is working with trū Shrimp researchers to explore corn as a cost-efficient and nutritious feed for its growing shrimp.

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Harold Wolle provides a tour to a U.S. Grain Council trade team

MN Corn Grows MN expands to reach candidates, general public statewide

Since its official launch last summer at Farmfest, the momentum behind the MN Corn Grows MN initiative continues to strengthen. The campaign began by bringing candidates for elected office to family corn farms and has since grown to promote the vital role of corn farming in our state with all Minnesotans.

To date, eight gubernatorial candidates and four candidates for Minnesota’s 1st congressional district visited family corn farms. By spending a couple hours on the farm,

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At Farmers Fair, farmers share conservation know-how

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) teams up with Sauk River Watershed District each spring to organize the Stearns County Farmers Fair, where they bring farmers the latest information about conservation.

What has made the fair successful in its first two years is the farmers themselves give the presentations about the conservation practices they have implemented, the methods they use—what works and what hasn’t worked.

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Minnesota corn farmers take proactive approach to water quality

In fall 2016, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association and its grower leaders announced an ambitious goal to become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible corn farmers in the nation. A major part of that goal is to continuously improve the measures implemented by farmers to protect nearby waterways.

Minnesota’s corn growers are investing in research and education to better manage their use of nitrogen fertilizer. Since 2014, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested nearly $6 million of their own funds through the corn check-off in education and research that improves nitrogen management strategies to reduce nitrate loss in water.

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Setting the stage for profitability: Local partnership produces game-changing innovation

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. You can read the series to date here.

Through the corn check-off, Minnesota farmers have invested nearly $15 million in University of Minnesota research since 1985.

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Bioincentive Program encourages expanding the uses of corn

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

By investing in expanding the uses of corn, Minnesota’s corn growers have made products more environmentally friendly by replacing fossil fuels with corn. The incentive program that will help launch these advanced renewables industries in Minnesota is the Bioincentive Program, put in place by the state Legislature in 2015.

Modeled on the very successful (now retired) Ethanol Producers’ Credit, the Bioincentive Program rewards commercial-scale production of advanced biofuels,

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Corn-based plastics have a future in refrigeration

Global appliance provider Electolux recently unveiled a refrigerator prototype that replaces conventional plastics with bioplastic in all of its visible parts. The company is the latest to replace oil-based plastics with plastic made from renewable sources like corn.

The emergence of bioplastics has become an encouraging trend for the nation’s corn farmers. Companies like Electrolux have explored incorporating bioplastics into their products for their environmental benefit. The refrigerator prototype has 80-percent lower CO2 equivalent emissions compared to the conventional plastic used in current fridges.

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New technology identifies nitrogen deficient crops from the sky

Drones have become a useful tool for farmers who utilize the bird’s-eye view for crop surveillance, but the unique perspective only scratches the surface of the technology’s potential. Researchers at the University of Minnesota have developed a technology that uses drones to identify nitrogen deficiencies on a plant-by-plant level using imaging analysis.

Developed with the support of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the technology uses a computer vision technique that examines the leaves of the corn plant for certain characteristics that correlate with nitrogen deficiency.

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Video tells the story of farmers as water quality producers

(Soil scientist Kevin Kuehner checks the edge-of-field monitoring equipment at a site near Bridge Creek in Southeastern Minnesota.)

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

A newly released video (see below) shows the efforts by farmers to implement practices that prevent soil and nutrient loss in three small watersheds of southeastern Minnesota’s Root River. The ultimate goal over the decade-plus effort by farmers in the watershed is enhancing the water quality of nearby streams.

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