Tag: University of Minnesota (UMN)

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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The sights and sounds of Ag Awareness Day 2015

A little bad weather wasn’t going to slow down Ag Awareness Day 2015 at the University of Minnesota.

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), together with about 15 other farmer-led organizations and agriculture-related groups, braved temperatures in the 30s, occasional snow showers and high winds to participate in Ag Awareness Day 2015 on the campus of the University of Minnesota on Tuesday.

Students on their way to and from class stopped by the MCGA booth to play a game of corn toss for a chance to win a fuel card from Holiday.

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Rehm: Farmers can adjust their fertilizer program downward without ‘falling off a cliff’

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

It’s well known: macronutrients phosphorous and potassium impact crop yields.

But the data are somewhat contradictory about how much of each will lead to what result, Prof. George Rehm told the packed audience at the 2015 Minnesota Crop Nutrient Management conference in Mankato.

Looking at studies — some four years, some eight years and longer — across a half dozen locations in Minnesota,

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‘Big Data’ grows up on the farm

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Surveys show two-thirds of crop farmers now use some form of precision ag technology. Data collecting/crunching software helps farmers make the most of global positioning systems (GPS), auto steer and variable rate planters and sprayers.

The 2015 University of Minnesota Production Agriculture Symposium drew some of the top experts in the science of lining up management decisions with Big Data. Mapping soils and how crops respond to them is the current star of the Big Data revolution on the farm.

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How do water levels in the soil impact crops?

Minnesota cornWhat if farmers could input their farm data into a computer model that would help them decide whether to invest in drainage systems? Or how much fertilizer (enough, but not too much) to take maximum advantage of current soil moisture conditions?

A four-year research project funded by the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) is looking at the interrelationship of drainage, soil type and farmer management decisions to the vigor of crop plants and,

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Building a better plastic from the ground up

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Petroleum-based microfibers — polyester and nylon — are washing out of our clothes, flowing right through wastewater treatment plants and on into the Great Lakes. These fibers end up in the bodies of fish, and all the creatures who eat the fish. Plastic micro pellets from face cleansers and lotions share a similar fate.

But it doesn’t have to be that way, says Prof. Marc Hillmyer,

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New research facility at U of M will help corn farmers adapt to changing climate

Corn farmers will never win their battle with Mother Nature, but that doesn’t mean they shouldn’t try to make the fight a little less one-sided.

A new research facility at the University of Minnesota supported by Minnesota corn farmers through their corn check-off is seeking to help farmers better understand how climate change is affecting corn production and its impact on the environment.

One of the challenges of corn farming —

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Research funded by Minnesota corn farmers to be highlighted in new publication

Minnesota’s corn farmers support $4 million in third-party research projects annually that address important topics like protecting water quality, increasing yields and managing inputs such as fertilizer more efficiently and effectively.

A new “Research Summary” publication from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) will highlight more than 50 completed research projects. The summary will be mailed to all Minnesota corn farmers in the coming weeks.

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MCGA Radio: Science of Agriculture Response Challenge

This week’s guest on MCGA Radio is Dr. Joshua Rice, Ph.D., an assistant Extension Professor at the University of Minnesota who coordinates the Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture Response Challenge,

The challenge partners youth teams with local expert mentors to develop science-based responses to ag issues. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is helping promote the challenge.


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