Category: Agriculture

What to consider prior to Mar. 15 ARC/PLC deadline

The below includes contributions from the U.S. Department of Agriculture

All farm producers with interest in the cropland must make a unanimous election in 2019 of either ARC-CO or PLC on a crop-by-crop basis; or ARC-IC for all covered commodity base acres on a farm. This election will apply to the farm for 2019 through 2023. Program election changes are permitted in crop years 2021, 2022 and 2023.

Failure to make a valid election in 2019 will result in a continuation of the program elected for 2014 through 2018 crop years for all covered commodities with base acres on the farm;

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County scholarships open to future ag leaders

County corn grower associations throughout Minnesota are offering scholarships to local students interested in a career in agriculture.

To apply to any of the below, visit, select your home county and fill out the online application:

  • Nobles County Corn & Soybean Growers Scholarship
    • Who qualifies: High school seniors residing in Nobles County pursuing a degree in an ag or bio-science related field.
    • Due date: March 6
  • Dodge County Corn &
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Grain bin safety must be a year-round focus

Grain bin safety is a top-of-mind focus for corn farmers year-round, whether it is during the long hours of harvest or now when one may need to loosen up frozen corn. Regardless, it is a farm duty that comes with major risks.

Bridged grain prevents grain flow, hiding pockets of air in the grain, and farmers trying to break up bridged grain can quickly fall through due to the instability. Grain being emptied from the bin acts like quicksand with the ability to engulf in seconds and suffocate—the leading cause of death in storage bins.

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Your Guide to MN Ag EXPO 2020

Heading to Mankato for MN Ag EXPO 2020? We are excited to welcome you to Minnesota’s premier agricultural trade show. Below are a few items you wont want to miss:

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Jan. 31 deadline to apply for MCGA $5,000 scholarship

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) is again providing two statewide $5,000 scholarships for college students aspiring to become future agricultural leaders. The deadline to apply is Jan. 31.

Select your home county and apply here.

MCGA scholarship applicants must be a Young Adult Member of MCGA who is working toward a degree in an agriculture-related field. The Young Adult Membership, available to ages 16–24, was launched for future agricultural leaders who would like to participate in grassroots advocacy today.

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U of M webinar series focuses on research-based crop management

University of Minnesota Extension is releasing a five-part webinar covering a wide variety of research-based crop production information. Set to debut on Dec. 19, the “Strategic Farming – Optimizing Management for 2020” series will feature University of Minnesota specialists and educators addressing key management topics.

Each of the below will take place live at the designated time, providing an opportunity for farmers to ask questions. Each session will also be recorded and available for later viewing.

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Farmers must make crop insurance decision before Dec. 10

A challenging harvest has produced unique crop insurance issues for farmers most impacted by early snow and sustained rain, according to Ryan Buck, a crop insurance agent with Lakeshore Agency in Goodhue.

Farmers who are concerned about loss have until Dec. 10 to file their claim. For farmers who still expect to harvest their crop in 2019, Buck recommends they reach out to their insurance agent as soon as possible if harvest activity may extend past the deadline.

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Perfect storm squeezes MN propane supply

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Demand for propane in Minnesota is surging following a delayed harvest leaving corn with higher moisture content and an earlier-than-usual start to home-heating season. Consumption is running at levels not seen in seven years, according to some propane dealers.

This is the wettest year on record for Minnesota, combined with the lowest amount of measured evaporation since 1964, according to University of Minnesota College of Food,

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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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Field day shares soil health tips and tricks from the pits

University of Minnesota Extension Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes has spent much of career below ground analyzing soil health from pits on farms across Minnesota. This Sept. 10, she will be hosting a field day that will for the first time share how farmers can do this analysis on their own.

Held in Granite Falls, the field day will share how attendees can take a shovel to any part of their field and have a better understanding of what they are seeing for soil health.

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