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Snow Delays Beginning Of Minnesota Fieldwork

The persistent snow is delaying the beginning of fieldwork on farms across Minnesota. In its first weekly crop progress and condition report of the season for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture says last week’s heavy snow is one reason why no days were rated suitable for fieldwork last week. Planting of some early crops such as oats usually begins around now.

04/07/2014

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USDA Spending $3M To Feed Honeybees In Midwest

The U.S. Department of Agriculture will spend millions of dollars to help farmers and ranchers improve pastures in five Midwestern states to provide food for the nation’s struggling honeybees under a program to be announced Tuesday.

02/25/2014

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Crop Values Decline On Lower Corn, Soybean Prices

The value of U.S. crops fell 9.8 percent last year as prices declined for major crops, including corn and soybeans, from 2012′s record high levels, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said in its annual estimate.

02/17/2014

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Researchers Confirm New Fruit Fly In Minn.

University of Minnesota researchers have confirmed a new invasive fruit fly in Minnesota. A single adult female known as the African fig fly was discovered in a bait trap in September. The trap was located in Hastings and was being used for annual monitoring of another invasive fruit fly, the spotted wing Drosophila. The university says the new fly specimen was officially identified this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

01/30/2014

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Minnesota Corn Harvest Is Nearly Complete

Minnesota farmers have nearly finished their corn harvest despite cold temperatures and snow over the past week.

11/25/2013

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Minn. Corn Harvest Down Only 3 Percent From 2012

New estimates show the cold, wet spring and a summer drought failed to put a big dent in Minnesota’s corn harvest. The U.S. Department of Agriculture projects Minnesota’s corn production this year at 1.33 billion bushels. That’s down just 3 percent from last year’s record harvest.

11/08/2013

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Soybeans Rapidly Mature In Minnesota

Soybean maturity has rapidly advanced in Minnesota in the last week, but soybean maturity still lags behind the normal pace.

09/30/2013

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USDA Awards Youth Farm Safety Grant

The U.S. Department of Agriculture wants to make it safer for young people working in farming. The USDA has awarded a grant to provide safety training for more than 2 million young people involved in agricultural production.

09/25/2013

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Minnesota’s Topsoil Moisture Improves

Minnesota’s topsoil moisture has improved, thanks to recent rain.

09/16/2013

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Hot, Dry Weather Stressing Pastures Across Minn.

Hot, dry weather is putting stress on pastures across Minnesota.

09/09/2013

Farming, Crops, Corn

Warm, Dry Weather Helps Minnesota’s Crops Catch Up

A long stretch of warm, dry weather last week helped Minnesota’s crops catch up on growing.

07/08/2013

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Minnesota Corn Knee-High By 4th Of July

Minnesota’s corn crop has grown slower than the average this year, but it looks like the crop will be knee-high by the Fourth of July. The weekly crop report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture says corn statewide grew an average of seven inches last week, and is currently about 17 inches tall.

07/01/2013

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Top State Ag Officials Meeting In North Dakota

Top agriculture officials from 12 Midwestern states are gathering in North Dakota. The Midwestern Association of State Departments of Agriculture is holding its annual conference through early Monday in the Badlands town of Medora.

06/20/2013

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Minn. Farmers Creep Ahead With Remaining Planting

In its weekly crops and weather report for Minnesota, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Monday that a statewide average of 3.6 days were suitable for fieldwork last week, a slight improvement from recent weeks.

06/18/2013

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Cold, Wet Weather Bogs Down Minn. Field Work

Another week of cold, wet weather has bogged down field work in parts of Minnesota.

06/03/2013

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