Category: Innovation

New ebook highlights research bringing corn to new markets

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association supports nearly $4 million in research year, with a large part of that investment going towards projects that increase demand for corn. MCGA’s highlights this exciting research in its latest ebook: The Expanding Role of Corn.

Free to download, the e-book dives into four projects by speaking with the researchers who are leading them. Each has the potential to bring corn to previously unthinkable markets while also producing products with tremendous environmental benefits.

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Chat with leading researchers about corn farmer-funded projects at EXPO

(Brock Olson will be one of five Innovation Grant participants at MN Ag EXPO on Jan. 22)

Leading researchers will return to MN Ag EXPO Jan. 22 and 23 to showcase their projects bringing new levels of innovation to modern farm practices and expanding markets for corn. Attendees will have the opportunity to learn firsthand about the research supported by the corn check-off from the researchers leading each project.

On Tuesday,

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Minnesota Corn highlights corn farmer-supported research with podcast

Each month, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) will be releasing a podcast that highlights research supported through corn farmers’ investment in the check-off. Each episode will feature researchers discussing projects that identify new uses for corn and improve on-farm practices. The podcast is produced in partnership with Brownfield Ag News and hosted by Mark Dorenkamp.

The inaugural episode features Will Northrop, a professor at the University of Minnesota’s department of mechanical engineering.

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Innovation Grant Program proposals are due Dec. 31

The deadline to apply to be part of the Innovation Grant Program and receive funds to put your conservation idea into action is Dec. 31. Farmers are eligible for up to $7,000 in funding to lead a project that increases sustainability on the farm.

In its fifth year, the Innovation Grant Program has widened its focus for farmer-led innovation. Last year, the program expanded to accept solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water.

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Innovation Grant Program returns with focus on profitability

The Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program returns for its fourth year of funding farmer-led research with an additional focus in 2020: On-farm profitability. For the first time, the program will be seeking innovation in economics and management that make corn farm operations more profitable.

The 2020 Innovation Grant Program will continue to seek solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water, along with novel ideas in tillage and production practices that enhance water quality.

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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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Minnesota Corn directors meet up with U of M researchers for evening of conversation

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) directors and Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) members met with University of Minnesota researchers and officials as part of a meet-and-greet at the Bell Museum last week. The annual get-together is a great opportunity for Minnesota’s farmers to meet with researchers and discuss research needs and ideas that will shape the future of agriculture.

Since 1985, Minnesota’s corn farmers have invested $17.5 million in the University of Minnesota,

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The 2020 Innovation Grant Program RFP is open for Minnesota’s corn growers

Minnesota corn farmers once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program. The RFP for the program officially opened earlier this month, with proposals being accepted until Dec. 31.

In its fifth year, the Innovation Grant Program has widened its focus for innovative projects on the farm. Last year, the program expanded to accept solutions to prevent both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Finding value in variable-rate nitrogen programs

Northfield farmer Sam Peterson joined the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program in 2017 to research the economic benefit of variable-rate nitrogen (VRN) programs. While Peterson and his dad, Bruce, had started embracing these programs, it was difficult to determine the return on their investment.

Peterson was familiar with the variety of VRN programs, all of which tout the same benefits but use different methods to get there. With that, he tested out three of the more prominent brands—Central Advantage’s Nitrate Now,

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Leading researchers to showcase work at MN Ag EXPO

Leading researchers return to MN Ag EXPO this week to showcase their projects bringing new levels of innovation to modern farm practices and expanding markets for corn. Attendees will be able to speak with researchers leading each corn checkoff-funded project at the Research Center, located on the second floor of the Verizon Center.

On Wednesday, the University of Minnesota’s Center for Sustainable Polymers (CSP) will be in attendance to share exciting research that could bring corn to previously unthinkable markets.

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