A Minnesota farmer told a Senate panel Tuesday he wants to know what became of $253,000 of his money that’s gone missing in the collapse of commodities trading firm MF Global Inc.
Unusually warm temperatures and continued dry conditions helped Minnesota soybean farmers make significant progress on the harvest this past week.
Warm, dry weather has helped Minnesota farmers make rapid progress on the soybean harvest.
Fire departments in southern Minnesota had their hands full as gusty winds whipped up fires through dried corn and soybean fields. At least a half-dozen field fires were reported early Thursday afternoon in Martin County.
Last week’s early frost and freeze in some pockets of the northern Plains halted the growing season of an already immature soybean crop, but farmers say the damage does not appear to be widespread.
Crops are starting to show signs of stress as Minnesota’s topsoil moisture continues to decline.
In its weekly crop weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday that 5.1 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, the second-highest number of the season.
It’s been a cold, rainy spring but finally, Minnesota farmers have most of their crops in the ground. The success of Minnesota’s soybean season is being watched very closely half a world away.
Minnesota farmers are making progress on planting several field crops, thanks to a week of drier, warmer weather.
China’s recent purchases of more than $6.6 billion in U.S. soybeans is being called good for Minnesota, one of the largest soybean producing states.
Minnesota agriculture officials host a trade delegation from China this week.
A surprising drop in the U.S. corn and soybean crop sent grain prices surging to their highest level in 2 1/2 years Wednesday. The price increases stoked concerns about higher food prices and tighter supplies of feedstock for food and biofuels.
Southern Minnesota crops fared better than expected after flooding last month.