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If the agriculture sector hasn’t already been dinged enough, it appears the European Union (EU) may be adding to the pain. “The agriculture industry is suffering and soybean farmers are feeling the brunt of that,” says Patrick O’Leary chair of…


palmer amaranth

In the fall and summer of 2018, Palmer amaranth was found in southern Minnesota soybean fields. Previous findings were linked to conservation planting, this time the infestation has been linked to livestock manure applications. In both Minnesota and North Dakota,…


Written by Kent Thiesse, Farm Management Analyst and Sr. Vice President of MinnStar Bank  Farm operators in many portions of the Midwest, including parts of southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, are dealing with very wet field conditions and delayed crop…


Jay Zielske is a grateful man. After noticing lumps on his right jawline while shaving, Zielske was diagnosed with Stage IV melanoma in 2014. In the midst of a busy morning in May 2019, Zielske visited Minnesota Soybean’s headquarters during…


The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has released the Stewardship Guidelines and Best Management Practices (BMPs) for Neonicotinoid Insecticide-Treated Seed. These voluntary BMPs were developed in response to special registration review on neonicotinoid insecticides. MDA, in cooperation with University of…


David Kee is the director of research at Minnesota Soybean and can be reached at dkee@mnsoybean.com or 507-388-1635 for questions.  Like a freight train in a tunnel on a dark night, there are a few things you can see coming.…


palmer amaranth

Last month, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) announced that Palmer amaranth was transmitted to a state field in Redwood County via contaminated livestock feed, a new pathway for the aggressive weed first discovered in Minnesota in 2016. “Palmer amaranth…


The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) is pleased to announce the addition of a pair of incoming directors in 2019. Gail Donkers, a soybean grower from Faribault, was elected to serve as the Council’s District 8 representative. Donkers…