Tag: Ag Research

Legislative Update: What farmers need to know about the recently completed session

Written by Anna Boroff, Public Policy Director for the Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Another Minnesota legislative session has come and gone. Like other recent sessions, this one featured a flurry of activity toward the end, resulting in some bills getting passed, and some left on the table unfinished.

Let’s take a quick look at some key items from this legislative session that Minnesota corn farmers should be aware of:

Property tax relief
The No.

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Farmer works to protect water quality by turning something old into something new

 

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Lee Thompson, 52, has made gutsy decisions on his farm. He and his brother Rick decided to sell the dairy herd four years ago.

He’s also made some easy decisions. Since he started working with his son-in-law Dan Coffman as his agronomist three years ago, Lee has tried lots of small experiments, incremental changes, to try to improve yield and return on the farm in Nicollet,

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Attention farmers: MCGA is offering FREE nitrate screening to help you address water quality

Sam P3The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is giving farmers the opportunity to have their well, ditch, stream and tile outlet water tested for nitrates. And it’s completely free.

UPDATE: We’ve added two additional screening opportunities in Crookston and Lamberton. See the updated schedule below.

The screening is completely confidential and takes about 20 minutes. Nitrate testing is an easy way for farmers to get a better idea about water conditions and nutrient loss on their own farms.

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Grant helps farmers use innovative irrigation system to reduce nutrient loss

MCGA.2013-0089Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

When Chad Davison, 34, came home to the farm from a business career at Target Corporation he brought with him a love of logistics and technological innovation — he had most recently managed the shelf inventory of brand name coffee at all the Targets in North America.

His dad made the family farm run on hard-won agronomic know-how.

Where the two overlapped was in a love of land stewardship and the rewards precision agriculture can offer — especially in a 4,500 acre row-crop farm in the Red River Valley town of Tintah,

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Through research, farmer hopes to find the ‘Goldilock’s rate’ of nitrogen fertilizer

Patsche-1370Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Surrounded by the natural beauty of the Root River watershed in southeast Minnesota, farmer Wayne Dewall has always been conscious of conservation and land stewardship.

That’s why he jumped at the chance six years ago to take part in the innovative Root River Field To Stream Partnership. For six years now, the program has monitored the loss of soil and nutrients from farm fields.

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Reduced-fat distillers grains…a new way to grow a dairy heifer

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Research sponsored by Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCRPC) and Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) indicates rations high in reduced-fat distillers grains (the high protein ethanol co-product) fill the bill as a feed for young dairy heifers. It’s economical, it’s efficient,
and dairy producers end up with a sturdy, lean replacement heifer.

Jill Anderson, a dairy scientist at South Dakota State University,

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Minnesota farmer works to plant cover crops while side-dressing nitrogen fertilizer

Spend a few minutes visiting with Keith Hartmann, a 27-year-old, fourth-generation family farmer in Gibbon, Minn., and his passion for agriculture and clean water quickly becomes apparent. Hartmann is using that passion to move forward on a unique project that he hopes will make cover crops a more realistic option for farmers in Minnesota’s chilly climate.

By mid-June, Hartmann plans to have a piece of equipment ready that will plant cover crops while side-dressing nitrogen fertilizer,

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Minnesota Corn Growers announce Conservation Innovation Grant recipients

MNcorn_PMSWith a boost from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) new Conservation Innovation Grant program, five farmers will be implementing a new conservation practice to better manage nitrogen fertilizer and protect water quality on their farms this growing season. Another Minnesota farmer is receiving funding to host a field day and showcase existing conservation efforts to other area farmers.

A total of $39,000 was awarded to help farmers test or develop an innovative or best practice in the following areas:

  • Nitrate loss reduction
  • Improved nitrogen management practices for Minnesota soils
  • Maintaining or improving water quality,

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Minnesota Corn Growers, U of M Bee Lab offer tips on making your farm more pollinator-friendly

Bee_Mark_MacLennan_MJM_0977-(ZF-4407-50628-1-001)As farmers take to the fields for spring planting, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the University of Minnesota Bee Lab are reminding farmers to keep their farms as pollinator-friendly as possible.

“By taking some simple precautions, farmers can continue making a big difference in protecting pollinating insects like bees and butterflies,” said Noah Hultgren, a farmer in Raymond, Minn., and President of MCGA.

Both MCGA and the Bee Lab recommend the following while planting:

  • Minimize dust.

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Legislative update: Buffers, budgets, BWSR and more

Written by Anna Boroff, MCGA Senior Public Policy Director

Before getting into this week’s legislative update, I’d like to personally thank all the legislators, farmer-leaders, agency staff and other leaders who attended the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Legislative Reception on April 6. It was great to connect with so many legislators, hear from several commissioners and talk food and farming with other leaders from throughout Minnesota.

Pictures and details from the event can be seen here.

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