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September 19, 2020
Three typhoons buffeted China’s main corn belt in the provinces of Heilongjiang, Jilin, Liaoning and the Inner Mongolia region in August and Septemb

China's corn crop hurt by storms, may raise U.S. import purchases

Expected production losses have pushed Chinese corn futures to a record high and stoked worries over supply shortages.
September 18, 2020
University of Minnesota research Prof. Jacob Jungers checks the growth of Kernza grass at a field at the U’s St. Paul campus in May 2019.

University of Minnesota leads project to boost yield, uses of crop that could cut water pollution

The U is leading research effort into boosting production of Kernza, a new strain of wheatgrass.
September 18, 2020
The Al-Corn Clean Fuel ethanol plant in Claremont, Minn.

Ethanol waivers become central issue in presidential battle for Minnesota farm votes

The issues heated up this week with three days of President Donald Trump and Democratic candidate Joe Biden.
September 16, 2020
Dairy cows wait outside of the milking parlor at Daley Farms of Lewiston, Minn.

Why fewer Minnesota dairy farmers are going out of business

New insurance programs and virus aid are helping improve "safety net" for Minnesota dairy farmers.
September 16, 2020
Anne and Al Klein, who farm using regenerative practices, near Freeburg, Ill.

Cargill joins regenerative agriculture movement, sets goal for 10 million acres

Cargill says it can help farmers reduce risk in crucial early stages of regenerative farming practices.
September 12, 2020
Farmer Shawn Baker discs over a corn field on Wednesday, Aug. 26, 2020 at a farm north of Woodward, Iowa. The corn was damaged beyond salvage by the r

Drought adds to agriculture problems in Iowa

Iowa, the biggest U.S. corn-producing state, is facing its most widespread drought since September 2013, according to its state agriculture secretary, Mike Naig. The drought…
September 6, 2020
A home construction site in Woodbury. Future prices for random lengths of board are $834 per thousand board feet, triple their April low and about dou

Why Minnesota lumber prices are going through the roof

A do-it-yourself home-improvement and construction boom has sent the price of lumber skyrocketing, as sawmills and strand-board manufacturers, including in Minnesota, scramble to keep up with surging demand.
September 1, 2020
Nan Bailly at her winery, Bailly Vineyards in Hastings, was the top plaintiff in the lawsuit against state law requiring Minnesota vineyards to have 5

Judge rules Minnesota winemakers can use more out-of-state grapes

The court's ruling means more out-of-state grapes can be used in producing Minnesota wines.
August 30, 2020
Tom Revier inspected a pen full of Black Angus cattle. His operation, the largest in Minnesota, draws on outside resources to ship meat directly to re

How Minnesota's biggest beef producer is weathering the coronavirus

The first tremors arrived with the lockdown of Wuhan. By March, restaurants were shutting down across the U.S., and beef prices had fallen by about a third.
August 29, 2020
Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West

Pandemic crimps labor supply for fruit farms in the West

After 11 years of seasonal work at Gebbers Farms in Okanogan County, Wash., Mexican guest worker Ernesto Dimas was accustomed to the rigors of the…
August 29, 2020

Damage in Iowa will prevent a record corn crop in U.S. this year

Advisory service Pro Farmer, a division of Farm Journal Media, doused hopes for a record U.S. corn crop after a severe windstorm and drought cut…
August 27, 2020
University of Minnesota Research professor Jacob Jungers checked the growth of Kernza grass at a field at the U’s St. Paul campus in 2019.

State urges Minnesota farmers to plant more vegetative cover to fight nitrate contamination

Farmers are planting more cover crops, but corn and soybeans still dominate.
August 22, 2020
Gary Ross stocked vegetables at a free stand near the Midtown Greenway. Help is emerging for farmers that supply local markets.

A block from Lake Street, urban farm tries to meet growing need

City patch near greenway, 4-acre farm supply fresh vegetables for families in need.
August 21, 2020
Farmers planted potatoes in April on a 10-acre plot leased from Hmong American Farmers Association land in Dakota County.

Some help emerges for farmers that supply local markets in the Twin Cities

Most couldn't take advantage of the federal government's Paycheck Protection Plan loans. Some retailers are lending a hand.
August 18, 2020
U.S. officials are forecasting a near-record corn crop this year, but prices are below break-even.

Bumper Minnesota corn crop on tap as prices stall below break-even price

Corn prices are not close to break-even and may only rise if a natural disaster happens.
August 15, 2020
Josue Ramirez and other workers at Hugoson Pork took their lunch break at a sow barn near Granada, Minn. Ramirez is from Monterrey, Mexico.

Minnesota hog farmers fight visa restrictions: 'We need the labor'

The trade national program that employers can use is small and has been throttled by COVID-19: "We need the labor."
August 14, 2020

Derecho storm damaged most of Iowa's corn acres

The derecho storm potentially affected some 10 million acres of Iowa farmland and millions of bushels of grain storage in the top U.S. corn-growing state,…
August 14, 2020
One of Roger Ruan’s liquid nitrogen generator prototypes. “The main idea is simply to use air, water and electricity to produce nitrate, ” said

On Minnesota farm, experiment could change how farmers get costly nitrogen

  After land and seed, nitrogen for fertilizer is the largest yearly expense for corn and soybean farmers. It costs more per acre…
August 13, 2020
Brenna Connelly, a 19-year-old college student from Byron, Minn., and representing Olmsted County, was crowned the 67th Princess Kay of the Milky Way

U student from Byron, Minn., named next Princess Kay

Even without the Minnesota State Fair, the tradition of Princess Kay of the Milky Way carries on.
August 12, 2020
A loader cleared a path through downed trees on SW. Chandler Street in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, on Monday. The storm cut a wide swath through Iowa.

'Derecho' storm causes Cargill plant closure, emergency shutdown of nuclear plant in Iowa

The storm caused crop damage and outages throughout the Midwest