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Ag News Wire is published on the first and third Monday of each month, except on holidays. It will also be published at other unscheduled times in order to provide relevant, time-sensitive information. Ag News Wire highlights columns and other news about the University’s production agriculture research and outreach efforts.

Landowners need to be involved in 2014 Farm Bill decisions for their farm. In fact, two of the three farm bill decisions required must be made by landowners, rather than tenants.

For the second year, the number of lenders sending notices under Minnesota's Farmer-Lender Mediation program was lower than at any other point in nearly a decade. The overall amount of debt taken to mediation also decreased.

University of Minnesota Extension corn agronomist Jeff Coulter has been recognized as one of Vance Publishing's "40 Under 40," honoring leadership among individuals contributing to efforts to double food production by 2050.

In December, University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency will begin a series of 73 free education seminars to help crop producers understand decisions necessitated by the 2014 Farm Bill.

Corn reaching maturity about Oct. 1 will normally dry slowly in the field due to cooler outside temperatures. Standing corn in the field may dry about 1.5 to 3 percentage points per week during October and 1 to 1.5 per week or less during November, assuming normal Upper Midwest weather conditions.

As is always the case, the frost damage appears to be highly variable based on local climate conditions, crop maturity and topographical features.

A Sept. 26 deadline with the Farm Service Agency (FSA) will impact some producers, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill.

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