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Aug 28, 2012

Crop Insurance Key to Farm Risk Management

Many farm operators across the upper Midwest are facing the most severe crop loss since 1988, with some producers facing the most significant drought....More
Aug 21, 2012

Livestock Industry Under Stress

The corn and soybean meal market prices have responded to the current U.S. drought with dramatic market increases. Chicago Board of Trade (CBOT)....More
Aug 14, 2012

August Crop Report Recap

Due to the severe drought affecting much of the major corn- and soybean-producing areas of the United States, the Aug. 10 USDA crop report was very....More
Aug 07, 2012

Impacts of the 2012 Drought

Much of the major corn- and soybean-producing areas of the U.S. are now in the middle of one of the worst droughts in decades, certainly the worst....More
Jul 30, 2012

Variable Drought Conditions in Minnesota

How bad is the 2012 drought in Minnesota? It probably depends who you ask, and what portion of the state that you live in. Portions of central....More
Jul 24, 2012

2012 Farmfest Forum, Panel Topics

Farmfest 2012 will feature an exciting line-up of feature forums, as well as a U.S. Senate and Congressional Candidates Forum. The forums will be....More
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
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