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Low Sugar Prices Cut Into Crystal Sugar Farmer Payments

Low sugar prices are cutting into payments to farmers at American Crystal Sugar Co. The Moorhead-based cooperative is telling its growers to expect a “massive reduction” in payments for this year’s beet crop. In a company blog, American Crystal CEO David Berg says growers will be paid just $38 per ton. Last year, Crystal’s farmers were paid more than $68 per ton. KFGO-AM reports Berg says most of Crystal’s growers will lose money, and in many cases, “they will lose a lot of money.”

11/04/2013

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Minnesota Farmers Make Rapid Harvest Progress

Minnesota farmers are making rapid progress on the fall harvest after a slow start to the growing season.

10/28/2013

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Beast Of A Weed Creeping Across Midwest From South

It’s a beast of a weed, creeping north into the Midwest from cotton country. Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to a million seeds. Herbicide is increasingly futile against it, and the weed’s thick stems and deep roots make it hard work to clear by hand.

10/26/2013

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African Farmer Delegation Touring US Midwest

A dozen farmers and business owners from Africa are visiting farm equipment factories in the Midwest to study technology that might help them produce more soybeans and corn back home.

08/23/2013

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DNR Offers Livestock Producers Emergency Haying

The Minnesota Department of Natural Resources is offering emergency haying for livestock producers because of a hay shortage. State wildlife managers have identified 922 acres on 43 wildlife management areas where emergency haying would benefit wildlife.

08/01/2013

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Cooler Weather Gives Minn. Farmers A Break

Cooler weather has given Minnesota farmers a break from the heat. In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that statewide, temperatures for the week averaged 6.7 degrees below average. Despite the cooler weather, 5.9 days were suitable for field work last week.

07/29/2013

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MN Dairy Farmers Adjust To Declining Milk Consumption

Janet and John Bremer are dairy farmers in Hastings, and have seen a lot of changes over the years. “When my in-laws first began this farm, there was only three cows — we now milk 128 every morning and every night,” Bremer said. The couple said they understand the decline.

07/24/2013

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Crop Insurance Rule Causing Confusion For Some

Some Upper Midwest farmers are worried they won’t qualify for crop insurance on land they couldn’t plant because it was too wet. At issue is a rule affecting whether farmers qualify for “prevented planting” payments for cropland that’s too wet or dry to plant.

07/21/2013

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Minn. Farmers Expecting To Lose Out On Corn Crop

With a cold spring and recent storms, a lot of Minnesota farmers are expecting to lose out on this year’s corn crop. Corn in Minnesota is only about 10 inches high on average. It’s usually more than double that by now.

06/25/2013

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Corn Crop Hindered By Wet Weather

Ed McNamara has been farming in Goodhue County for 36 years. As the old saying goes, he’s used to seeing corn knee-high by the Fourth of July. This year, he may not see it at all. “We’ve had wet periods but we’ve always been able to get a crop in. This is the first time that we’ve ever not been able to get the whole crop in,” McNamara said.

06/10/2013

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After Recovering From Drought, Farmers Now Reeling From All The Rain

Wet weather has put some farmers way behind schedule. Corn and soybeans have been a struggle this year, so has alfalfa.

06/07/2013

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Wet Weather Slows Planting In Minnesota

A stretch of wet weather has slowed planting of crops in Minnesota.

05/28/2013

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In Iowa, Record Corn Crop Likely Despite Late Start

The wet start to the corn planting season may reduce the amount each acre produces this year, but farmers are planting so much corn they’re still likely to bring in a record crop. In a report released Friday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimated farmers would bring in 14.1 billion bushels of corn this year, a billion bushels more than the previous record set in 2009.

05/10/2013

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Officials Say Drought Concerns Are Easing Considerably

There’s good news regarding Minnesota’s drought: It’s easing up considerably.

05/06/2013

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Minn. Farmers Still Waiting To Start Field Work

Despite the sudden warm weather, Minnesota farmers are still waiting for the chance to get into their fields.

04/29/2013

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Minn. Soil Moisture Levels Recharge Between Frosts

Minnesota’s farmers got little fieldwork accomplished this past week as winter continues to resist surrendering to spring.

04/22/2013

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Minn. House Backs Water Fee Hikes

Democrats in the Minnesota House and Senate are looking for new ways to collect money. If their latest plan passes, that glass of water from your kitchen faucet may be getting more expensive.

04/19/2013

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USDA: Highest Corn Acreage Since 1936 Expected

Farmers intend to plant 97.3 million acres of corn this year, the most since 1936, the USDA’s spring planting survey said Thursday. The survey said the 2013 corn planting forecast is up slightly from last year’s 97.2 million acres.

03/28/2013

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Extreme Drought Has Farmers Hoping For Wet Spring

In the middle of winter, most of us aren’t thinking about drought conditions around the state. But much of Minnesota remains under extreme drought.

02/16/2013

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Minnesota Projected To Harvest Record Corn Crop

Despite the drought that parched much of the rest of the country, 2012 is shaping up as a pleasant surprise for many Minnesota farmers who are expected to harvest record corn and sugarbeet crops.

10/11/2012

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Without A Farm Bill Milk Prices Could Skyrocket

With dust clouds rising on another fall harvest, Minnesota’s dairy farmers are getting swallowed up in it.

10/03/2012

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Minn. Farmers Make Quick Progress On Harvest

Minnesota farmers continue to make rapid progress on corn and soybean harvests, thanks to dry weather.

10/01/2012

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Opinion: Obama Is Trying To Buy The Hispanic And Female Vote With Another Government Giveaway

Conveniently-timed for Obama’s reelection, the Hispanic and Women Farmers and Ranchers Claims Resolution program began September 24, 2012 – just a month-and-a-half before the election. Apparently the Obama administration did not care about this alleged injustice to females and Hispanics any time in the past three-and-a-half years. It just happened to be thought about and addressed now – just before voters pull the lever.

09/27/2012

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Raw Milk Trial Underway In Minneapolis

A Hennepin County courtroom is a long way from the dairy herds of central Minnesota. But it’s where the issue of food safety hangs in the balance with consumers rights. Specifically, it’s about farmer’s right to sell raw milk to members of a co-op or “private” food club.

09/17/2012

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Minnesota Farmers Make Harvest Progress

Minnesota farmers continue to make progress on the corn and soybean harvests.

09/17/2012

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