Palmer amaranth requires early farmer detection to prevent spreading

UPDATE (9/26/19): Palmer amaranth was recently detected in Houston County, makings its first appearance in SE Minnesota this year. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture stresses the importance of farmers scouting their fields prior to harvest and alerting MDA if Palmer amarnath is found.

Palmer amaranth continues to be the top-of-mind invasive weed for all farmers this growing season as it finds its way into Minnesota farm operations. Early detection by farmers will continue to be the best method to prevent the spreading of this weed in 2019.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Finding the optimal cover crop planting window

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Looking from the drone’s eye view, the difference cover crops have made in the fertility at Matt Alford’s farm is evident.

“You can see there is a green, defined square where we inter-seeded,” Alford said, “The area where we inter-seeded that first year, the soybeans the following year were five bushels better than anywhere else.”

Farming in Blue Earth, Alford is in the second year of his project studying the impact of cover crops on corn and soybean production.

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Comments detail efforts by corn farmers to protect Minnesota River

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association submitted comments in response to the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency’s recent reports detailing the health of the Minnesota River. The comments detailed on-farm efforts in place today to protect the long-term health of the river, as well as recommendations to promote best practices on the farm.

The Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report, released earlier this year, details the Minnesota River’s declining health due to rising sediment, higher flows and eroding fields and streambanks,

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Minnesota 4-H introduces youth to the wonders of agronomy

Minnesota 4-H launched its agronomy program in 2018 to connect Minnesota youth to the many crops grown throughout the state and the career opportunities available in crop production. At first only available in five counties, the program will be available statewide in 2020.

The agronomy program consists of different facets that offers kids, primarily those in fourth through sixth grade, different hands-on opportunities with Minnesota crops. The Minnesota Corn Growers Association is a supporter of the program as part of its mission to connect youth to agriculture.

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MCGA applauds Governor’s actions to support biofuel production

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) commends Governor Tim Walz for issuing an executive order establishing the Governor’s Council on Biofuels. The announcement is a first step to reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality through renewable fuels, helping Minnesota reach their environmental goals while benefiting rural communities.

Governor Walz, Agriculture Commissioner Thom Peterson, Heartland Corn Products CEO Gary Anderson and MCGA President Brian Thalmann held a media event at Thalmann’s farm on Monday to commemorate the signing of the executive order.

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