The 7 most-read stories from 2019

While most farmers won’t be sad to see it go, 2019 was a year when farmers persevered despite the challenges on the farm. The most-read stories from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) blog last year highlight the resilient nature of the state’s corn farmers and their determination to build a brighter future on the farm:

  1. Prevented planting: Deadlines, resources for farmers impacted by wet spring: Not a particularly uplifting most-read story from the past year, but it does appropriately sum up what was a difficult growing season.
  2. MCGA launches first-ever statewide scholarship for future ag leaders: To support future agricultural leaders, MCGA launched its first-ever statewide scholarship, awarding a $5,000 scholarship to two Young Adult Members of MCGA. You can apply to the 2020 scholarship here.
  3. Nitrogen Smart builds on nitrogen management offerings in fourth year: The popularity of Nitrogen Smart, which is proudly supported by MCGA, continued as farmers focus on the fundamentals of nitrogen management.
  4. Study shows cover crops are effective in reducing nitrate loss in drainage tile: Farmers’ increasing interest in cover crops is supported by research proving their effectiveness.
  5. USDA announces second round of trade support for farmers: Ongoing trade uncertainty took its toll on farmers in 2019, leading to the rollout of the Market Facilitation Program.
  6. Northfield farmer uses Innovation Grant to test precision ag services: Sam Peterson was one of 12 Innovation Grant participants in 2019. Peterson’s project evaluated the effectiveness of variable rate technology.
  7. MCGA welcomes three to board of directors: MCGA members elected Dana Allen-Tully, David (D.J.) VanKlompenburg and Jim Kanten to its board during the 2019 annual meeting. All have provided tremendous leadership in their first year.

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