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January 2011 Archives

winter-wheat-harvest.jpgFields of barley, oats, rye, triticale, and winter and spring wheat could be seen from Rochester to Grand Forks until the early 1990s, when they all but disappeared from southern and central Minnesota. What once was old is new again.

Thumbnail image for MorrisRuts.jpgThree of the past five falls have been wet enough to cause field equipment to create significant ruts across the fields. Growers are asking "What is the carry-over effect of ruts on crop growth and yield?"

The Minnesota Agriculture Rural Leadership (MARL) program is a dynamic leadership development program for active and engaged adult leaders in agricultural communities and organizations.

Reporters will have an opportunity to interview rural leaders from across Minnesota about their perspectives on the state of agriculture. Discover how, through participation in MARL, these leaders are learning to bring their communities together to deal with today's complex issues.

Why some farmers are more profitable than others is a perennial question. The answer is of interest not only to farmers, but to all professionals working in the agricultural sector.

varietal-trials-results.jpgA comprehensive comparison of most crop varieties grown in Minnesota is now available in print and electronic forms. Minnesota Varietal Trials 2011, published by the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station, provides the results of the 2010 University of Minnesota evaluation of more than 1000 individual entries of plant varieties.

Sustainability is the popular buzzword. The simple definition of sustainability for your dairy business is the ability to continue, endure or maintain.

The year 2010 was a wild ride. We had spring and fall flooding in many parts of the state followed by ideal weather for harvesting and then record snowfalls in December. Commodity prices started the year calm and then a mid-year rally drove wheat, corn and soybean prices higher than most people expected. At the same time, federal spending grew to new levels as the projected Minnesota State budget deficit passed the $6 billion mark.
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