Minnesota’s spring wheat harvest is nearly complete but is still about 10 days behind the average pace.
A new report estimates that delays in railroad shipping have cost Minnesota corn, soybean and wheat farmers nearly $100 million. The report was released Thursday at a conference in Alexandria organized by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. Edward Usset of the University of Minnesota Center for Farm Financial Management estimates rail delays cost Minnesota corn growers $72 million from March to May. He puts the losses at $18.8 million for soybean growers and $8.5 million for wheat growers.
The father of the so-called Green Revolution has a permanent home in the U.S. Capitol. Lawmakers unveiled a statue of Norman Borlaug on Tuesday in a ceremony on what would have been his 100th birthday. The Iowa native and University of Minnesota graduate is credited with saving as many as 1 billion people from hunger by creating a type of wheat that was disease resistant and high-yielding.
With each year, there seems to be a new wave of food trends. One foot item you may have been seeing pop up a lot more often is sprouted wheat. Not many are aware of what that even entails, so WCCO’s Natalie Nyhus talked with dietician Christina Meyer-Jax to get a better feel for the grain.
It isn’t terribly difficult these days to find gluten-free products on store shelves. People with celiac disease need to get gluten completely out of their diets, but there are still others who are simply gluten intolerant.
The worst U.S. drought in decades showed little sign of easing last week as farmers closed out their corn and soybean harvests and turned their attention to winter wheat, which has been struggling to break through the moisture-starved soil in some states, according to a weekly report.
The University of Minnesota has issued a list of the top 10 plants that have changed Minnesota and how its people live today.
Minnesota farmers continued planting crops ahead of the average — and Minnesota’s corn crop is nearly half planted.
Mike Bergeron started sowing wheat on his farm in northwestern Minnesota on St. Patrick’s Day. One week earlier, he was towing two of his daughters on a sled behind his snowmobile.
The lack of snow in the Upper Midwest is causing some concern among winter wheat farmers.
Wheat industry officials in the Upper Midwest say that in general, this year’s crop produced fewer bushels than last year’s, but quality was better.
The development of Minnesota’s major crops has advanced significantly thanks to last week’s high heat and humidity.
Federal agencies have broken ground in St. Paul for a state-of-the-art greenhouse that will help combat a growing threat to the world’s wheat and barley supplies.
Scientists say they’re close to producing new “super varieties” of wheat that will resist a virulent fungus while boosting yields up to 15 percent, potentially easing a deadly threat to the world’s food supply.
The University of Minnesota is getting part of a $25 million grant to develop new wheat and barley varieties that will better withstand the stresses from climate change.