Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

Minnesota Corn Growers are funding research efforts to help farmers better manage nitrogen fertilizer

Over the last nine years, Minnesota’s corn farmers have greatly increased their investment in research efforts to use nitrogen fertilizer more efficiently and effectively. Since 2007, 34 projects addressing nitrogen fertilizer management have been supported using funds from Minnesota’s corn check-off, a voluntary one-cent “fee” paid by corn farmers for every bushel sold to market.

Of those 34 projects, 22 are currently active and in progress.

“The goal of our nitrogen fertilizer research is to protect water quality and improve efficiency while maintaining productivity,” said Dr.

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A day to discuss the science of cover crops: The 2016 University of Minnesota Production Ag Symposium

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Cover crops are not always an easy fit in Minnesota farms. But more science is being done annually to help farmers see the benefit, and to find useful ways to manage cover crops to eliminate yield risks while maximizing environmental benefits.

Hundreds of graduate agriculture students and professors gathered last week at the University of Minnesota agriculture campus in St. Paul to hear about these latest scientific research findings.

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The Minnesota Corn Growers are expanding research into cover crops

With support from Minnesota’s corn farmers, the University of Minnesota (U of M) is set to kick off two new research projects focused on cover crops.

The new projects, funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), focus on the potential for cover crop mixes throughout the state to reduce nitrogen fertilizer in waterways and in tile drainage systems.

“Minnesota’s cool climate and short growing season makes using cover crops challenging in many parts of the state,” said Dr.

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Don't miss "Classes Without Quizzes" at the U of M on April 2

Curious about the latest research coming out of the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS)? Want to know more about how research at CFANS impacts your daily life, no matter where you live? Or maybe you’d like more information about Midwestern hops, or the role grocery stores play in Minnesota’s rural economy?

Then you won’t want to miss the 15th annual “Classes Without Quizzes,” a fun,

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Minnesota Corn Growers Association selects 2016-17 student interns

Two University of Minnesota students will have an opportunity to further develop their agriculture leadership skills by serving as interns with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA). This is the first time MCGA has offered an official internship program.

Over the next year, Nicole Krumrie and Haleigh Ortmeier-Clarke will work on behalf of Minnesota’s corn farmers while gaining practical and hands-on experiences in Minnesota agriculture through educational and outreach programs, communications, and member engagement.

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Changing Nitrogen Use: good for yields, good for the environment

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

“You can adapt to change!” was the rallying cry issued to several hundred farmers who came to hear the latest science about nitrogen fertilizer.

Prof. Fabian Fernandez used these words to open the second annual Minnesota Nitrogen Management Conference last week in Rochester. The conference was titled, “Nitrogen: Minnesota’s Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity.”

A series of experts spoke through the day and took different angles at the issue of nitrogen,

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Myth vs. Fact on farming, nitrogen, buffers and water quality

Myth: Farmers apply too much nitrogen on crop land.

Fact: University of Minnesota Best Management Practices for Nitrogen Use identifies an acceptable range of nitrogen fertilizer (N) at 130-180 pounds per acre for corn after corn and an acceptable range of 100-140 pounds per acre for corn after soybeans. An example of actual application rates, Minnesota farmers applied an average of 140 pounds per acre of nitrogen fertilizer on corn acres in 2010.

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Agriculture and water quality in Minnesota: Is it all doom and gloom?

When it comes to water quality in Minnesota, agency report after agency report and media story after media story paint a bleaker and bleaker picture. If you read enough of these reports and stories – and we read them all here at the Minnesota Corn office – you feel like Minnesota’s water quality is beyond repair.

The finger is pointed at agriculture as a major cause of water degradation in almost all of these reports or media pieces.

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Innovative project could help farmers overcome drought and protect water quality

An innovative project managed by University of Minnesota researcher Dr. Jeff Strock could help farmers boost yields while also improving water quality.

Later this summer, Strock will oversee the installation of an on-farm storage pond on a farm in Southwestern Minnesota. Surface and subsurface drainage water will be diverted to the pond instead of nearby waterways. Later in the summer, the water can be used for irrigation when thirsty crops need it most.

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4-Hers solve ag problems, develop leadership skills in Science of Agriculture Challenge

How can cattle farmers reduce hay loss from ring feeders? What can be done about bees overwintering in Minnesota? What’s the next step in using insects as human food? What are the benefits of biofuels?

These were a few of the questions addressed by 12 youth teams who participated in the 2015 4-H Science of Agriculture Challenge, held June 17-19 at the University of Minnesota.The challenge was an opportunity for youth teams to find solutions to real agriculture challenges in their communities.

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