A farmer in south-central Minnesota says his corn crop looks better than his soybeans. Tim Waibel of Courtland tells Brownfield conditions were cool and wet this spring. “Planting was behind schedule, corn emerged very well. Soybeans, ground conditions were better than what we put a... Read More.
A northwest Minnesota farmer calls the current price environment “stressful.” Austen Germolus grows corn, soybeans, wheat, barley, and has a registered herd of British White cattle near Ada. “It’s wild watching the markets, like one day to the next you don’t know what to expect. ... Read More.
MCPHERSON COUNTY - A Minneapolis, Minnesota woman who pled no contest in April in connection with a November 2019 crash between Canton and... Read More.
There are crop emergence concerns caused by wet planting conditions. In south-central Minnesota, corn and soybean grower Sam Ziegler says he finished planting about a week and-a-half ago. “Got everything in, can’t say that ground conditions were perfect when we put things in, but we got... Read More.
The retiring CEO of Minnesota Pork says his state has seen tremendous growth since he joined the Association nearly 30 years ago. David Preisler tells Brownfield pork production has doubled since the late 1990’s. “It’s just been an incredibly interesting business to work in. Really... Read More.
Pest pressure is rising with the temperatures as the first cutting of alfalfa gets underway in Minnesota. University of Minnesota Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist Bruce Potter tells Brownfield the crop is benefiting from warmer weather, but so are alfalfa weevils. “There are some cloverleaf weevils,... Read More.
An organic row crop farmer in southwest Minnesota says planting delays are also problematic for weed control. Carolyn Olson of Cottonwood tells Brownfield work has been limited by wet conditions. “Usually we’ll field cultivate and wait about five days for new weed seeds to germinate, and... Read More.
Expensive inputs are dampening farmer enthusiasm about high commodity prices. Brent Mohn grows corn and soybeans in southern Minnesota. “A lot of people get excited about high commodity prices, but kind of don’t think about the high expenses that go with it. I personally find... Read More.
The planting pace picked up across Minnesota last week. USDA’s latest crop report says with five days suitable for fieldwork, corn planting eclipsed 80 percent and soybean planting crossed the halfway point. Both paces are well behind last year and nearly two weeks slower than average. Spring... Read More.
The CEO of the Minnesota Pork Producers Association calls the recently adjourned legislative session a mixed bag for agriculture. David Preisler tells Brownfield there were positives like a payback into the unemployment insurance trust fund. “Because otherwise that would’ve resulted in some pretty big increases in... Read More.
Minnesota farmers are gearing up for the first cutting of alfalfa. University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Nathan Drewitz covers the central part of the state and says a cool start to the growing season slowed development. “We’re behind in terms of height (and) our quality... Read More.
Governor Walz has signed the agriculture omnibus bill into law. Minnesota Farmers Union government relations director Stu Lourey says more than $18 million in drought relief is included in the legislation. “Which the Governor first proposed in October of last year (and) we asked for it... Read More.