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The potential of reduced production due to delayed planting in 2013 because of the cold, wet start to the growing season could result in additional challenges in managing marketing. While there is still time to plant this year's crop and achieve normal yields, it is important to understand the marketing implications if we experience continued delays in corn planting.

Farm with laptopCommodity Challenge, an online grain trading game, has been redesigned and relaunched by a University of Minnesota Extension economist at the University's Center for Farm Financial Management.

Bed bugs have resurged to become a significant pest of the 21st century, but an entomologist with University of Minnesota Extension has made it his goal to beat the bed bug through research and education.

Weather conditions are delaying the onset of corn planting, but wide fluctuations in corn planting progress are not uncommon in Minnesota. By the end of April, about 50 percent or more of Minnesota's corn acres were planted in 2009, 2010 and 2012, compared to less than 5 percent in 2008 and 2011.

A University of Minnesota Extension forester warns that in addition to falling branches - which literally can weigh thousands of pounds - fallen and sagging utility lines are a hazard that ice storms can bring. Damaged wires in or around your trees could still be energized. You should let the power company complete its repairs before any tree work begins.

Minnesota farmers were largely spared from the drought that severely impacted much of the Corn Belt during the summer of 2012, according to an analysis conducted jointly by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and University of Minnesota Extension.

A new educational program is designed to help Minnesota farmers gain better understanding of workforce management issues.

The increasing cost of forages, continuing fear of drought conditions, and extending winter season have many producers wondering about the productivity of their hay fields in 2013. While temperatures have been colder this winter, the good news is that an insulating layer of snow has persisted across most of the state for an extended period of time.

If you live in an area with flooding in your spring forecast, you will want to make sure your wells and septic systems are as prepared as possible. Portions of the region on both the North Dakota and Minnesota sides of the river are at more than 80 percent risk of major flooding, according to Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist.

The impact of a natural disaster on people always makes headlines. If you happen to be a livestock farmer, the impact on you seldom makes headlines, but it makes a big impact on you, your livestock and the viability of your operation.

Many natural disasters give you little or no warning, but flooding is usually forecast, giving farmers time to think about contingency plans and take action. Your specific plan of action will vary by the type of livestock operation, but there are many common questions to address.

If your home is in a location that is at a high risk for flooding this spring, you need to know how to prepare your home to resist or survive flooding. Flooding can occur in a number of ways.

University of Minnesota Extension announced today its coordinated system of educational resources available for those with flood-related questions, both in preparation for a flood emergency and while recovery efforts are underway.

Citizens can access the most up-to-date information on flood preparation by visiting Extension's website at Information about recovering from floods will be added as it becomes relevant.

Watchful eyes are on the Red River Basin, as spring conditions again have left the region vulnerable to flooding similar to that in 2009 and 2011.

Portions of the region on both the North Dakota and Minnesota sides of the river are at more than 80 percent risk of major flooding, said Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist. Cities at risk include Wahpeton, Fargo, Moorhead, and Oslo, and Pembina , Flooding scenarios depend on a host of factors during the next month.

The drought of 2012 was an extraordinary event, and extraordinary events create extraordinary circumstances. With planting just weeks away, corn and soybean prices are displaying extraordinary inverses ($2 per bushel and more) from today's price to the price quoted for new crop delivery next fall. In the next five months, these inverses will be resolved. This means that nearby (old crop) and new crop prices will morph together into one price.

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