Minnesota's corn harvest kicked into high gear last week

The combines were rolling in full force throughout the state last week as Minnesota corn farmers harvested more than one-fourth of this year’s total crop.

With 48 percent of Minnesota corn now harvested, we’re still behind the five-year average for this time by about 12 percent, but it’s a significant jump from from the week before when only 19 percent of the corn was harvested.

Nationally, 59 percent of the corn crop has been harvested,

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New Interactive Map Highlights Local Impact of Corn in Minnesota

A new interactive online map created by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) highlights the local impact made by corn farming throughout Minnesota’s 87 counties.

With a single click, users can access data that breaks down corn production by county along with county-by-county information on corn crop value, stations that sell ethanol-blended fuel, ethanol plants, grain elevators and MCGA members.

The online tool can be accessed at www.mncorn.org/farm-policy/county-stats,

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Minnesota Biofuels Month: Video addresses myths about ethanol

We’re entering the final week of Biofuels Month here in Minnesota. If you are not doing so already, be sure to like the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) Facebook page and follow MCGA on Twitter for daily factoids and tidbits about clean, renewable and homegrown ethanol.

While perusing social media today, I came across the below video about ethanol and the myths that surround it. The video is well worth your time.

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Helping farmers navigate the latest conservation-related reports, programs, strategies and initiatives

FarmKeeping up with the latest reports, studies, regulations, programs and initiatives related to conservation can sometimes make a farmer’s head spin.

Over the last couple of months, several reports have been released and strategies proposed by various agencies and organizations that aim to improve Minnesota’s water quality and enhance on-farm conservation efforts. These reports total almost 1,000 pages, span dozens of websites, involve multiple organizations and encompass several government programs and non-governmental initiatives.

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Momentum is starting to build (again) toward passing a new farm bill

With the government shutdown now over, elected officials are turning their attention to other pieces of legislation, such as the farm bill. Farmers have been stuck in the middle of a partisan squabble over the nutrition title of the farm bill, but momentum to take another crack at passing a farm bill is once again building.

The best way to continue building momentum toward passage of a new farm bill is through the grassroots efforts of farmers.

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