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Jul 17, 2012

USDA Lowers 2012 Yield Estimates, Announces Disaster Assistance

USDA surprised the grain markets by lowering the projected 2012 national average corn and soybean yields by more than expected in estimates released....More
Jul 10, 2012

2012 Drought Being Compared to 1988

Ask most current farmers over 40 years old in the Upper Midwest about the worst drought that they remember, and 1988 would be a common response....More
Jul 03, 2012

Head-High Corn by July 4

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 26, 2012

Strong Farmland Values Continue

The rapid rise in farmland values in Minnesota and other areas of the Upper Midwest are discussed quite often by farmers and other rural residents....More
Jun 18, 2012

Corn, Soybean Crops Progress Rapidly

Overall, crop conditions across most of the southern two-thirds of Minnesota have improved considerably in the past couple of weeks. In late May,....More
Jun 12, 2012

Dairy Industry Facts

For decades in Minnesota, June has been known as Dairy Month. Following are some interesting facts and figures about the dairy industry....More
Jun 05, 2012

Farmers Face Replant, Nitrogen Decisions

Growing conditions for corn and soybeans are quite variable across Minnesota. In south-central Minnesota most of the corn and soybeans were planted....More
May 29, 2012

Excess Rain in the Upper Midwest

Some areas of southern and central Minnesota received excessive rainfall on May 23 and 24, which caused some crop damage due to standing water in....More
May 22, 2012

Planting, Herbicides and Farm Programs

Across southern Minnesota and northern Iowa, nearly all the intended corn is planted, and over 90% of the soybeans were planted as of May 18. Most of....More
May 15, 2012

May 10 USDA Reports Bring Mixed Results

The USDA Crop Production and World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates (WADSE) reports released May 10 were regarded as bearish for the corn....More
May 08, 2012

Too Much Rain and 2012 ACRE Details

It’s hard to believe that in less than a 10-day time period we can go from concerns over drought to excess rainfall, which is causing flooded fields....More
May 01, 2012

Corn Planting Progressing Rapidly

The corn crop in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa is being planted in very rapid fashion when soil conditions are fit for planting. During a four....More
Apr 24, 2012

2012 Custom Farming Agreements

An alternative to leasing farmland is a custom farming agreement (CFA). In a typical CFA, the custom operator agrees to perform all the machine....More
Apr 17, 2012

Earth Day 2012

For the past four decades, an annual event called Earth Day has been held in late April across the U.S., which has been a time for all citizens to....More
Apr 10, 2012

Corn Planting Expected to Progress Rapidly

Like the start of a big race, or the beginning of a championship game, farmers in southern Minnesota and Iowa are likely to begin the initiation of....More
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