Pope County Soybean Plot

Pope County Farmers Discuss Varieties at Plot Trials

Dozens of Pope County farmers have a better understanding of what crop varieties they may plant in 2015 thanks to the Pope County Plot Event. More than 70 farmers and industry representatives toured the soybean and corn plots on Curt Dahlseng’s farm near Starbuck as seed company representatives shared variety and genetic information.

After the tour of varieties in this year’s plot, Pope and Douglas County FSA Director Grant Herfindahl discussed this year’s farm bill decisions and urged the farmers to be in conversation with their local FSA offices about communications they receive from the USDA.

To wrap things up, Joe Smentek, Minnesota Soybean Director of Environmental Affairs, spoke during supper about EPA’s Waters of the U.S.

“The proposed rule does not clarify waters of the U.S. any more than the current Supreme Court cases,” Smentek said. “It is important for farmers to be engaged in these discussions because it could have ramifications in the future for farmers in caring for their land.”

The Pope County Corn and Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC), a non-profit organization controlled by a board of elected soybean producers from across the state who directs the investments of the state’s soybean checkoff dollars into programs designed to increase the profitability of Minnesota’s soybean farmers.

Northwest Minnesota variety trial

Another Look in the Field: Variety Selection Questions are About to Begin

It is nearly September, which means that the first contacts for varietal selection and seed purchases for next year are soon to begin. Between now and the end of harvest, you will likely be visited by your local seed dealers or company representatives concerning what you will be planting next year. These initial commitments are often requested before a combine has entered the field for you as a grower and most likely for the seed companies as well. The importance of deciding what varieties you will grow next year cannot be overstated. As you receive these visits, I’d like to encourage a few considerations.

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biodiesel essay

Biodiesel Essay Contest Winners announced

The winners of the 2014 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay contests have been selected. John Wheaton, a recent graduate of Minnetonka High School, was the first place winner with his essay, “Impacting a new generation: my journey toward educating the community on the benefits of biodiesel.”
Wheaton, a resident of Deephaven, Minn., has long had an interest in alternative fuels and vehicle technologies. He heard about the scholarship while attending a meeting at the American Lung Association in Minnesota headquarters. He will receive a $1,000 check for his winning essay.
The second place winner is Hannah Korri of Duluth. A recent graduate of Two Harbors High School, Hannah wrote of her concerns that vehicle emissions from traditional petroleum fuels threatened the “…crisp, clean air found only in our Northland.” She will receive a $500 check for her winning essay.
There were 76 entrees in the 2014 Clean Air Choice Biodiesel Essay contest, which is open to all high school seniors in Minnesota.

Trade Teams Tour Minnesota Farms

Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, in conjunction with AGP, hosted a group of soybean and soybean meal buyers from South East Asia who were interested in meeting farmers and looking at the 2014 soybean crop. The delegates made visits on Wednesday, Aug. 20, to tour Lance Peterson’s farm near Underwood, Minn., and Jeffrey & Karen Larson’s farm near Evansville, Minn.

On Thursday, the groups  continued touring Minnesota with a visit to a dairy facility, a turkey facility, an ethanol plant and to Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director Mike O’Leary’s family hog farm near Danvers, Minn. An important part of maintaining a relationship with trade teams is to host them on farm tours or take them straight to producers to experience U.S. agriculture first-hand, to make connections with farmers on a personal level and develop an understanding of modern agriculture.

Soybean Research & Promotion Council Directors Re-Elected

Mankato, Minn.—The current slate of Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) officers has been re-elected to a second term by the board of directors. The elections occurred at the Council’s June 18 board meeting in Mankato.

Paul Simonsen, a soybean farmer from Renville County was re-elected to chair the checkoff board. Simonsen operates his family farm raising corn, soybeans, sweet corn and peas in southern Renville County near Fairfax. Read more