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Sep 03, 2013

Crop insurance has strong support

Many farm operators across the Upper Midwest are facing some crop loss in 2013, due to late and prevented planting this past spring, and now from....More
Aug 27, 2013

2013 crop concerns continue

As we approach the end of the 2013 growing season, there are remaining concerns with this year’s corn and soybean crop across most of the Upper....More
Aug 20, 2013

Aug. 12 USDA crop report analysis

There has been a lot of uncertainty in many portions of the major corn and soybean producing areas of the United States during the 2013 growing....More
Aug 06, 2013

USDA Projections for the Next Decade

Periodically, the USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) updates and releases the baseline projections for U.S. crop and livestock....More
Jul 30, 2013

Challenges Remain for 2013 Corn, Soybean Crops

Crop conditions across the Midwest are quite variable in late July, depending on planting date, as well as impacts from heavy rainfalls in June and....More
Jul 23, 2013

Farmfest Forums to Cover Farm Bill, Renewable Energy, Ag Industry, Raising Livestock, Water Quality and Drainage

Farmfest will be held on August 6, 7 and 8 near the Gilfillan Estate, which is located 7 miles southeast of Redwood Falls, Minn. The 2013 edition of....More
Jul 16, 2013

What Will Happen to the Farm Bill?

On July 11, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a new farm bill (HR-262) by a margin of 216-208, with all voting Democratic House members and 12....More
Jul 09, 2013

Interesting USDA Reports for June 2013

The late June USDA Acreage and Grain Stocks Report is always highly anticipated because it becomes the first hard data after the March USDA Plantings....More
Jul 02, 2013

Corn: Knee-High By Fourth of July?

For generations, the standard measure for corn growth was “knee-high by fourth of July,” which meant that the corn plant should be able to produce a....More
Jun 25, 2013

New Farm Bill Defeated by House of Reps

After nearly two years of discussions and debate, a new farm bill appeared a bit closer to being enacted into law; however, on June 20, the U.S....More
Jun 18, 2013

June is Dairy Month

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Following are some interesting facts and figures about the dairy industry:....More
Jun 11, 2013

Focus Shifts to Soybean Planting, Prevented Planting

The prevented and delayed corn and soybean planting in Minnesota is likely to have a bigger impact on the final statewide average yield in 2013 than....More
Jun 04, 2013

Prevented Planting Becomes the Focus of Farmers

It’s hard to believe that a mere two to three months ago we were still talking about continued drought in much of the Upper Midwest. Now, in some....More
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May 28, 2013

General CRP Sign-Up Underway

A general Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) sign-up is currently occurring at local Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices throughout the United States....More
May 21, 2013

Corn Planting Progress Mixed

If you ask someone, “How much corn is planted, or how much spring fieldwork has occurred in your area?” the response is likely to be quite different....More
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