Tag: Leadership

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

Marketing MN farm products to the world

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

How important are export markets to Minnesota farmers?

  • $539.5 million in annual sales of grain and grain products
  • $1.2 billion in total economic output generated
  • $381.7 million of the Gross State Product (GSP)
  • 3,988 Minnesota jobs supported by export sales

(source: Value of Trade Study, 2014, US Grains Council)

“We have grown a tremendous crop this year,

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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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MCGA grant program helping Minnesota corn farmers become most sustainable and environmentally responsible in United States

Written by Brian Thalmann

My family has been farming in McLeod County for almost 140 years. We would not have made it this long in farming unless we actively worked to be innovative in our farming practices and continuously improve the measures we implement to protect nearby waterways.

I also serve on the board of directors of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). Working in close partnership with the Minnesota Corn Research &

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Partnerships will help Minnesota corn farmers become the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the U.S.

Written by Zach Fore

Part of the appeal of corn farming is the independence it offers. You are your own boss, using a combination of science, skill, gut feeling and a little bit of luck to grow a crop every year and (hopefully) turn a profit.

But corn farmers can’t do it all on their own. Finding the right partners is key to helping corn farmers improve their own operations,

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No-Till at the Wolle Farm

Corn Growers recommend conservation practices to achieve ambitious sustainability goal

Written by Harold Wolle

On my farm in St. James, I am proud to have implemented several conservation practices that protect water quality, improve soil health and preserve wildlife habitat. I am also proud to serve as President of the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), and lead the organization’s new initiative to make Minnesota corn farmers the most sustainable and environmentally responsible in the United States.

I must admit,

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Talking soil health on Bryan Biegler’s farm near Lake Wilson at a recent field day event.

MCGA’s newest board member is a soil health innovator

Bryan Biegler, a farmer in Lake Wilson, Minn., has been appointed to an at-large position on the board of directors of Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA).

Biegler has been farming for the past 25 years. He replaces Tim Wiersma on the MCGA board, who resigned due to other commitments, and will be up for election in January.

Four years ago, responding to problems with soil erosion on the land he was working,

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MCGA farmer-leader Tom Haag elected to National Corn Board

Big news out of Corn Congress in Washington D.C.: Eden Valley farmer and Past MCGA President Tom Haag has been elected to the National Corn Board.

Haag is the first Minnesotan to serve on the National Corn Board since Jerry Larson (Elbow Lake) retired in 2011.

Haag is a fourth-generation farmer and farms with his son, Nathan. He currently serves on NCGA’s Research and Business Development action team and previously chaired the Grower Services team.

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Corn Views: Farmers are taking leadership role on water quality issue

Written by Noah Hultgren
Minnesota Corn Growers Association President

A statewide editorial that appeared in ECM publications the week of June 24 called on agriculture to take the lead on managing pollutants. As farmers, we’re always working to improve how we grow food, feed, fiber and fuel for an increasing world population.

And when it comes to the important issue of water quality and managing pollutants, farmers are already playing an important leadership role.

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What I learned from an organic farmer

Written by Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke, Minnesota Corn Growers Association intern

Organic farming gets a lot of attention, both good and bad. As someone who comes from a traditional farming background with genetically modified crops and pesticides, I am usually quick on the defensive when it comes to a discussion around organics.

My eyes were opened by Carolyn Olson and Emily Zweber at the CommonGround volunteer training on June 24, at the Minnesota Corn office in Shakopee.

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