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Minnesota row crop farmers finding harvest slow going

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

Some Minnesota row crop producers have been able to finish bringing in their soybeans, while others were in the middle of gathering them when the wet weather called a halt to harvest this week.

Very few have made much progress with their corn crop. And in both grains and oil seeds, producers are seeing high moisture levels, meaning time and expense putting the crop through grain dryers.

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Keep farm safety top-of-mind this harvest season

The sound of the combine is in the air as harvest returns to Minnesota farm country. But as farmers work to beat the next round of rain (or worse, snow), it is imperative safety remains top-of-mind.

Here are some safety tips to review before the long hours begin:

  • Road safety: Ensure “Slow Moving Vehicle” signs on all farm equipment are large and observable for oncoming traffic. And double check that all lights,
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Anderson elected to serve as 2019-2020 MCGA president

The Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board of directors elected Les Anderson as its president for 2019-2020. His term began on Oct. 1.

Les Anderson

Anderson farms corn and soybeans in Cannon Falls. He was first elected to the MCGA board in 2012, and has previously served as vice president and treasurer. Anderson is also a member of the National Corn Growers Association Market Access Action Team, where he works with corn growers from around the country to build export markets.

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Accuracy in grain moisture testing

Grain moisture testing at Minnesota grain elevators is performed with an instrument that measures changes in electrical conductance when a grain sample is placed within the instrument, between two conducting surfaces. The device then measures the change in electrical conductance because of the grain sample, and uses predictive algorithms to estimate the moisture level in the grain.

While this process is fast and quite accurate, farmers may have some questions about its reliability.

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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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Farmer comments needed by Sept. 20 for Minnesota River pollutant strategy

The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency recently released reports detailing the health of the Minnesota River and the actions needed to reduce sediment and other pollutants impacting it. Minnesota’s corn farmers have until Sept. 20 to submit comments detailing on-farm practices used today that protect the long-term health of the river. Corn farmers who farm in the Minnesota River Basin are encouraged to submit comments.

Released earlier this year, the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report details the Minnesota River’s declining health due to rising sediment,

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Minnesota United to hold soccer clinic open to MCGA members

The Minnesota United soccer team will be bringing their expertise to Minnesota farm country later this month by hosting a clinic for Greater Minnesota youth interested in honing their soccer skills. The event is part of a season-long partnership between the Major League Soccer club and the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) that shares information about corn farming and farm families with an engaged Twin Cities’ metro audience.

Minnesota United field staff and a member of the United team will be holding the soccer clinic in Farmington on Sept.

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Minnesota’s corn growers, pollinators spotlighted at MCGA Night with the Saints

(MCGA Executive Director presented Bee Lab representatives Marla Spivak and Dan Cariveau a $5,000 check as part of the festivities)

As part of its season-long partnership with the Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA), the St. Paul Saints celebrate the great work of the state’s corn farmers at one game each year. MCGA Night with the Saints this year took place on Aug. 30 during the final home stand of the year for the ball club.

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New Minnesota AgriGrowth director sets focus on trade

Written by Jonathan Eisenthal

From railroads to power companies, makers of pet food and makers of ice cream, corn farmers to craft brewers—the reach of the agriculture and food sector in Minnesota is extraordinary. And the Minnesota AgriGrowth Council is the group that brings them all together.

Minnesota AgriGrowth sees itself as the organization that promotes conversation, visions of common ground, and speaking with one voice to strengthen Minnesota agriculture,

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MCGA director Tom Haag re-elected to NCGA Corn Board

Minnesota Corn Growers Association (MCGA) board member Tom Haag was re-elected to the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) Corn Board last week during July Corn Congress in Washington, D.C. Haag, who farms in Eden Valley, will serve a second term as a Corn Board member after he was first elected in 2016.

A past president of MCGA, Haag farms corn and soybeans with his son, Nathan. He was first elected to the MCGA board of directors in 2010.

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