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May 2012 Archives

Nitrogen is important for corn growth, and has been a recent concern. The first concern was with the poor tillage conditions last fall. At that time, drought was the weather condition on everyone's mind. Now with the record rainfalls, there are concerns that nitrogen has been lost to leaching or denitrification.

Improved rainfall patterns and an early spring have provided corn and soybean producers with opportunities for planting and the application and activation of soil residual herbicides.

Soil residual herbicides that target your most troublesome weeds provide an excellent start in managing herbicide-resistant weeds by targeting them when they are most vulnerable.

Direct payments to farmers under the current farm bill have been a small, but stable and important part of farmers' income. These direct payments are cut in the draft farm bill from the Agriculture Committee of the U.S. Senate.

Cover crops are any green crops grown between cash crops. They come in many different varieties, but until recently little information was available to help growers decide which varieties to select and exactly when to plant them.

University of Minnesota Extension economists and educators have been researching the question of which costs have the largest impact on farm profits. A significant difference in profitability exists among farmers. A few categories of production costs, also known as inputs, vary significantly across levels of profitability.

Research shows that most businesses and communities don't have websites, don't use social media to their advantage, and can't be found through online and mobile map searches--gaps that put local economies at a disadvantage.

University of Minnesota Extension has gotten a closer look at Internet use by Greater Minnesota businesses since joining the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities (MIRC) initiative.

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