Diesel Pump

Don’t blame biodiesel for spotty diesel shortages

There is a lot of talking going around about diesel shortages in Minnesota. On Monday, Oct. 6, the Star Tribune published “Dayton eases rules for diesel fuel.” While the article does a good job of bringing to light a fuel situation that is cyclical in Minnesota, it did little to expand on what is causing these “shortages.” Read more

EPA’s interpretation of definition within WOTUS proposal troubling

On Monday, Oct.6,  I had the opportunity to travel with Directors of the American Soybean Association along with staff members from other states to discuss the proposed waters of the United States rule with officials with the EPA. ASA directors Ed Erickson (ND), Ron Moore (IL), Davie Stephens (KY), and Richard Wilkins (DE) discussed the rules impact on their own farms. Read more

Smentek, ASA to meet with EPA over WOTUS proposal

Joe Smentek

Joe Smentek

Minnesota Soybean Director of Environmental Affairs Joe Smentek will join four ASA directors and state staff Monday in Washington D.C. to discuss the proposed Waters of the U.S. rule with Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) lead staff and rule writers of the final rule.
Smentek will join farmer leaders Richard Wilkins (Del.), Ron Moore (Ill.), Davie Stephens (Ky.) and Ed Erickson (N.D.) for the meeting Monday. Smentek hopes to address undefined terms in the rule, tile drainage, and to clarify exemptions to the rule.
“We hope to stress the importance of clear and consistent rules,” Smentek said.

Much at stake for Minnesota GOP, DFL in 2014

The struggle for control of Minnesota’s political setting has begun in earnest and depending on where you reside you are feeling the effects of just how important this election is to both Republicans and Democrats.

Much is at stake and millions of dollars are being spent on statewide and Minnesota House races that will determine the future landscape of Minnesota’s government. Currently, Democrats control the governor’s office and both chambers. Read more

MDA Offers Reminders Regarding Fall Nitrogen Application

As harvest begins, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is advising farmers and fertilizer applicators to check the soil temperature when determining the best time to apply anhydrous ammonia (NH3) and urea this fall.

Waiting until the soil temperature stays below 50º F before applying anhydrous ammonia and urea increases the availability of nitrogen to next season’s crop and decreases the amount of nitrate that could potentially leach into groundwater. Read more

todd county

Another Look in the Field – Palmer Moves Farther North

On Friday Sept. 26, Ag Professional reported that Palmer amaranth had been found in Buffalo County, South Dakota. Early this spring Dr. Bob Hartzler with Iowa State University confirmed that Palmer had been identified at several locations in Iowa. Read more

Biodiesel

10 Percent Biodiesel Receives Passing Grade in Minnesota

With summer giving way to fall, Minnesota is celebrating a successful run with 10 percent biodiesel (B10) at the pumps.

“The implementation of B10 went very well,” said George Goblish, President of the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA). “I think we alleviated the concerns of truckers and auto manufacturers.” Read more

Minnesota Capitol

Gordon Addresses Rail Concerns Before Joint Committee

Minnesota Soybean Growers Association and American Soybean Association director William Gordon, of Worthington, Minn., testified before a joint committee Tuesday in St. Paul about the impact rail is having on agriculture as a whole.William Gordon
Gordon spoke to a joint committee made up of the Committee on Transportation and Public Safety; Committee on Commerce; Committee on Jobs, Agriculture and Rural Development; House Committee on Transportation Finance; House Committee on Commerce and Consumer Protection Finance and Policy.
“We know this is a national issue,” Gordon said. “States can offer their support, but may not be able to directly influence railroads or interstate commerce. But that doesn’t mean there aren’t things this committee can do to help alleviate some of the problem that have developed as a result of the transportation bottleneck.”
Gordon’s testimony offered insights into the financial losses to farmers because of the lack of rail availability, and also offered examples of alternatives to rail to help move crops to market. Click below to read his testimony.

 

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Senator Kathy Sheran

Sen. Sheran talks transportation, GMOs at Minnesota Soybean office

Sen. Kathy Sheran, District 19, stopped by the Minnesota Soybean office Friday, Sept. 26, to talk all things soybeans, but by day’s end, it was clear she had one important topic on her mind — transportation.

Sheran met with Minnesota Soybean staff to better understand the challenges Minnesota soybean farmers, particularly southern Minnesota soybean farmers, have with getting their crop to market.

“In the Midwest as a whole, the big picture is that we can’t get containers but we grow all the food,” said Sam Ziegler, Director of Marketing Programs for Minnesota Soybean.
Ziegler called to attention the opportunities for Mankato business, both agricultural and non-agricultural, to benefit from a local shipping hub, one in which railroads could import as well as exports containers to the region. Read more

weed resistance

ASA Addresses Dicamba Regulation; Comment Period Extended

This week, ASA encourages soy growers to take a minute and submit comments on USDA-APHIS’s petition for deregulation of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant soybean and cotton varieties. Comments on the petition have been extended and are due by midnight on Friday, Oct. 10. Read ASA’s official comments here.

ASA’s stance on Monsanto’s petition includes the following points: Read more