DL News Staff
The future of wheat is on the minds of two key Minnesota organizations and their members. A "Wheat Summit" is being hosted in Moorhead on April 5 by the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers and Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council. The all-day program will address the current status of spring and winter wheat, and future possibilities. In addition, both organizations are advocating greater research on the biotechnology side by seed companies, land grant universities and other interest groups. Summit topics include high yielding spring wheat, wheat as an ethanol feedstock, w
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. departments of Agriculture, Interior and Health and Human Services agreed March 20 on a national framework for detecting avian influenza. The decision is meant to expand and unify ongoing efforts among federal, state, regional and local wildlife agencies. Those agencies have been monitoring and testing for the presence of the highly pathogenic H5N1 virus in migratory birds for several years. The increased efforts come as the spring migration of migratory birds is underway and the spread of avian influenza continues across continents. Since 1998, the U.S.
GRANITE FALLS -- America's corn growers are on the verge of realizing a market that they once could only dream about: Ethanol could replace 10 percent of the petroleum used for transportation in the United States. That is the assessment of Minnesota's Republican Sen.
The Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers is hosting a pre-plant marketing seminar this week in four communities, including Moorhead and Fergus Falls. Bret Oelke, a University of Minnesota Extension marketing specialist, will address the following topics: Getting Ready for the March 31st USDA Acreage Report, Do you have a Marketing Plan and Does it Get Implemented?, Marketing Plan Strategies to Consider for Your 2006 Crops, and A Second View on Marketing Plan Strategies for Your 2006 Crops. Betsy Jensen, a marketing specialist with NCTC Farm Business Management, will speak on Incorporatin
WASHINGTON, D.C. -- U.S. Sens. Norm Coleman (R-Minn.) and Kent Conrad (D-N.D.) have introduced legislation to protect farmers and ranchers in the event of a natural disaster. The Conrad-Coleman Emergency Agriculture Disaster Assistance Act would provide emergency funding to those who have suffered weather-related crop production shortfalls, disease and high energy prices caused by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita. It will also provide payments for the loss of livestock. Last year, 32 counties in Minnesota were designated disaster counties by the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture.
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers and ranchers will be able to make offers for Conservation Reserve Program's competitive general sign-up, March 27-April 14. The sign-ups will occur at county Farm Service Agency offices. Offers for general sign-up will be evaluated based on five environmental factors and cost. The environmental factors are wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits. Contracts on approximately 7,500 acres of CRP in Minnesota will expire Sept. 30. This land may be offered for re-enrollment under signup 33.
The use of the soil nitrate test can be a key management tool for corn producers in western Minnesota. The nitrate-N soil test is particularly useful for conditions where elevated residual nitrate-N is suspected. Factors such as previous crop, soil texture, manure history and preceding rainfall can have a significant effect on accumulation of residual N. For this test, soil should be collected from a depth of 6-24 inches in addition to the regular 0-6 inch sample.
Including grasses in some of your new alfalfa seedings is worth considering. Years ago, mixing grasses with alfalfa was standard practice, whether seeding an oat companion crop and/or including timothy or smooth bromegrass with the under-sown alfalfa. The increased availability of grass herbicides and the evolution of how we estimate forage quality contributed to the movement away from grasses towards alfalfa monocultures. However, recent developments in forage testing and some frustrations with alfalfa winter injury have helped restore the respect that grasses somewhat unfairly lost.