Category: Innovation

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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Innovation Grant Spotlight: Underground irrigation produces high yields

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2018 Innovation Grant Program is underway, with 12 farmers receiving grants from Minnesota corn to lead projects focused on nitrogen management. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality. To learn more about each completed and ongoing project, click here. For more details and to submit a proposal for a 2019 Innovation Grant, 

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2018 Minnesota Corn Research Directory available now

The 2018 Research Directory is available now for farmers interested in an overview of research projects jointly funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) and the Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council (MCR&PC) through the Minnesota corn check-off.

The 2018 directory features the latest on research focused on agronomy and plant genetics, corn utilization, fuels and emissions, livestock, soil fertility, water quality, and projects through the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program.

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Innovation Grant Spotlight: On-farm research looks for perfect timing of cover crop planting

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

The 2018 Innovation Grant Program is underway, with 12 farmers receiving grants from Minnesota corn to lead projects focused on nitrogen management. Throughout the summer we will be highlighting ongoing projects focused on how to better manage nitrogen and protect water quality. To learn more about each completed and ongoing project, click here. For more details and to submit a proposal for a 2019 Innovation Grant,

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The 2019 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 today, with proposals being accepted until Dec. 31.

In its fourth year, the Innovation Grant Program is accepting proposals focused on innovation solutions to preventing both nitrogen and phosphorous loss to ground and surface water. Each accepted proposal will feature novel practices related to improved nitrogen and/or phosphorous management on a field scale program.

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