Tuesday and Wednesday of this week I attended the Minnesota Water Resources Conference. This conference is put on by the University of Minnesota’s Water Resource Center. The topics vary from lakes and wetlands to low impact development, outreach, fish and nutrients. The event was attended by more than 500 individuals from varied backgrounds. Read more
Category: Council News
The Minnesota Agriculture Water Resource Coalition (MAWRC) is hosting a discussion and farm tour 1 p.m to 4 p.m., Oct. 29 for all member organization staff interested in learning about the Discovery Farms program.
MAWRC staff will be discussing outreach efforts and providing guidance in creating an organization’s water related outreach efforts.
Participants should plan to meet at the Minnesota Soybean office, 151 St. Andrews Ct, Suite 710, Mankato. After 1 p.m. introductions, the group will travel to a Discovery Farms location south of Mankato before returning to the Minnesota Soybean office to continue the discussion.
Interested participants should RSVP Warren Formo at email@example.com.
A group of soybean purchasers and quality assessors from China and Indonesia passed through Minnesota early this week to observe the quality and yield of this year’s soybean crop while visiting local farms. The farm visits were part of the AGP-SRDC harvest tour and sampling survey on behalf of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council in partnership with AGP. Read more
Minnesota soybean farmers are moving closer to the half-way mark, according to a Minnesota Soybean poll.
Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) directors, Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) directors and county soybean growers association board members were asked about the state of the soybean harvest to date. The poll was sent to nearly 400 state directors and county board members, with a little more than 25% responding. Our soybean harvest poll isn’t scientific and is only meant to give a snapshot of the soybean harvest. Thanks to all who participated.
Fall activity continues this week with interruptions of rain showers slowing the process around the state and another band expected in the next few days. Yield reports from individual growers suggest that soybean yield will approach average across the whole state with some areas detrimentally impacted by difficult spring conditions and others by late dry and localized hail damage. Read more
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
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
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
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
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
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