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An international team of researchers co-led by University of Minnesota scientist Les Szabo has sequenced the genomes of two fungal pathogens -- one that threatens global wheat supplies and another that limits production of a tree crop valued as a future source for biofuel.
Science Blog

Michael Dorf's backyard vineyard started a decade ago with 10 grapevines, enough to make four cases of wine if everything went well... Seaway also stocks Frontenac gris ($6.50), another grape introduced by the University of Minnesota and the viticulturist Peter Hemstad. "It's very easy to grow, and quite disease-resistant," he said.
The New York Times

Among the great wineries of the 20th century, my grandfather's basement in the Bronx never got much respect... I sought encouragement from Peter Hemstad, a research viticulturist at the University of Minnesota. "It only takes about a half-dozen vines to make a five-gallon carboy of wine each year," he said.
The New York Times

What is often in shredded cheese besides cheese? Powdered cellulose: minuscule pieces of wood pulp or other plant fibers that coat the cheese and keep it from clumping by blocking out moisture... In the U.S., cutting calories from food doesn't cause a problem because the country is in the grip of an obesity epidemic, says Joanne Slavin, professor of food science and nutrition at the University of Minnesota. She served as chairwoman the carbohydrate committee of the 2010 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee.
Wall Street Journal

Farmers are used to breaking records, but watching helplessly as a raging river tops new levels is one to forget... Although moving grain through the Pacific Northwest continues to grow, the direction of world freight movement is through the Gulf, says University of Minnesota Extension Specialist in Transportation, Marketing and Logistics Jerry Fruin.
Corn and Soybean Digest

Get a couple of gardeners together this spring, and odds are good we'll start grumbling about the weather... I don't grow fruit or magnolias, so I hadn't noticed. I decided to check in with Jim Luby, horticultural science professor at the University of Minnesota and head of its fruit-breeding program.
Star Tribune Green Girls Blog

Recognizing the need to prepare communities for the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the University of Minnesota's Department of Forest Resources has assembled a project team.
Crookston Times

Alfalfa growers seeing light-green, stunted and spindly patches - or entire anemic-looking alfalfa fields - may want to apply sulfur this spring... "Our major alfalfa-growing regions probably suffer a lot of the same problems" that Wisconsin is enduring, says Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota Extension nutrient management specialist.
Hay & Forage

The intersection of water and agriculture in the 21st century is taking center stage at the University of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.
Daily Reporter

With the exception of a few lakes in and around the boundary waters, the lakes in Minnesota are now free of ice... According to the Minnesota Climatology Working Group from the University of Minnesota, Detroit Lake was reported ice free on April 26. Detroit Lake, with 116 years of records, has an average

By all accounts, last year was remarkable for crop farmers in Minnesota... As a result, the median net income for Minnesota crop farmers topped $160,000, compared to just $60,000 in 2009, according to the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management. Overall, the median net farm income, based on a survey of 2,500 operations, was $119,915, compared to just $33,417 in 2009.

Mark Seeley at the University of Minnesota has some good information (as always) in his weekly WeatherTalk  blog.
Star Tribune

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