Warm Weather Allows Minn. Farmers To Make ProgressWarm and dry conditions in the past week have allowed Minnesota farmers to begin planting in earnest.
Farmers Struggling Financially Despite Record Crop YieldsDespite having record numbers in crops, farm income continued to decline last year and reached its lowest point in inflation-adjusted dollars in 20 years.
Gov. Dayton Scales Back Buffer Law After GOP ObjectionsGov. Mark Dayton is telling environmental officials to back off private ditches as they start enforcing a new law to boost water quality. Passing stronger requirements for so-called buffers between crops and waterways was a major flashpoint at the Capitol last year.
In Corn-Growing States, Tall Crops Pose Seasonal Road HazardThe broad leaves and thick stalks can stand up to 12 feet high, forming a wall of foliage that turns rural roads into long, narrow corridors of nothing but corn.
Good Questions: Moths, Crops, Dog Days Of SummerEvery Friday, we tackle a bunch of viewers’ burning questions. This week, Heather Brown explores moths, crops and the dog days of summer.
Hemp Welcomed Back Into Minnesota Crop Mix On Small ScaleA once-banished crop could soon sprout legally again in select Minnesota farm fields. Minnesota lawmakers have given a small nod to growth of hemp plants that lead to oils, lotions, seeds, rope fibers and other industrial uses.
Good Weather Boosts Minnesota Small Grain PlantingMinnesota farmers have made early strides in planting small grains, thanks to good weather. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, farmers in Minnesota were able to plant over one-third of the expected small grain acreage and over half of the sugar beet acreage during the week ending Sunday.
Drought Expands Across Large Section Of Nation's Crop RegionDrought conditions are expanding across a large section of the U.S., from California to the Great Plains. The National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska says the area covered by moderate drought or worse expanded by nearly five percentage points to 36.8 percent during March.
Minnesota Farmers Expect To Plant Record Soybean AcreageMinnesota farmers plan to plant a record amount of soybeans this spring, as well as more corn than last year. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says Minnesota soybean producers expect to plant 7.5 million acres of soybeans, compared with 7.35 million acres last year. That's in line with national projections for record high soybean acreage this year.
Freeze Could End Growing Season For Immature Crops A freeze could stop the growing season in the upper Midwest as far south as Nebraska and Iowa, leaving farmers in a difficult situation because much of the region's corn and soybean fields are not quite ready for harvest.
Minnesota Corn Crop Should Be Larger Than ExpectedMinnesota's corn crop should be larger than first expected. But while the U.S. Department of Agriculture says record yields will be set in 18 states, Minnesota isn't one of them.
Rains Slow Minnesota Small Grain Harvest Widespread rains have slowed Minnesota's small grain harvest but also have improved row crop and pasture conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture says 4.5 days were suitable for fieldwork in Minnesota during the week that ended Sunday.