Aerial crop sprayers were in Minnesota skies, but they weren’t killing bugs, weeds or nasty pathogens. They were seeding oats as a cover crop.
- Updated: May 22
From the Fields: Following the 2015 Growing Season
The latest updates from the "Southern Five" From the Fields producers
Straw man thinking small
“Think small” is not a mantra you often hear in agriculture these days. Travis Kleine, however, has found that there's a demand out there for miniature straw bales.
Stop childhood lead poisoning before it starts
“Childhood lead poisoning is the most common and preventable childhood health problem in the United States. Lead is found everywhere.”
Farm couple recycles barnwood into furniture
While barns continue to disappear from the countryside, the wood of some of them is reappearing in homes.
Grape growers ponder chemical spray to repel birds
A new spray repellent can keep birds out of the vineyard, but some Minnesota grape growers aren’t convinced that a chemical is the solution to their bird problems.
Among all of the things that grain producers have to think about while planting this year’s crop, here’s one more thing to contemplate — what …
- Updated: May 22
Livestock Angles: Avian flu ups demand
Although the bird flu epidemic may hold prices in the near term, the high in live cattle prices made last October look to be a major top in the cattle market for now.
Grain Outlook: Crop report neutral
News was scarce except for the crop report, growers were mostly disengaged until the jump in the latter half of the week, weather cooperated for crop development, and the U.S. dollar retreated.
Mielke Market Weekly: USDA lowers 2015 milk production forecast again
Production and marketings for 2015 were reported at 208.6 billion pounds and 207.6 billion pounds, respectively, both are down 1.4 billion pounds from last month’s report. If realized, 2015 production would be up 1.3 percent from 2014.
Grain Outlook: July corn unchanged
Excellent planting progress as of May 3 at 55 percent, with favorable crop development weather forecasts, kept buyers at bay. Planting jumped by 36 percent during that week, the second biggest weekly increase on record.
Mielke Market Weekly: California schedules public hearing on milk pricing
Just as California debates the merits of joining the Federal Milk Marketing order program, comes word that the California Department of Food and Agriculture, on its own motion, is calling a milk pricing hearing June 3 to consider proposed amendments to the Class 4b pricing formula.
In the Garden: Remember a loved one with peonies on Memorial Day
Peonies are considered a symbol of remembrance and are frequently planted in cemeteries since they are so long-lived.
The Bookworm Sez: Rain, rain go away? No way, says precip history book
Maybe because it’s as refreshing as its title, or maybe because it reminded me of spring, but “Rain: A Natural and Cultural History” made me very happy.
Table Talk: Country veterinarians, farmers share strong bond of trust
You see them out and about now and then, and when you do, you know it’s true that doctors still do make house calls. Or in this case, barn calls.
Cookbook Corner: Scrumptious recipes raise funds for farmers in crisis
Farm Rescue’s mission is to “help family farmers bridge crises so they have an opportunity to continue viable operations,” at no cost to the farm family in need.
In the Garden: Oriental poppy blossoms steal the garden scene
No other flower exhibits such pure gorgeousness. Immense, silky flowers with coal-black centers come into bloom in early summer and steal the garden scene for a few weeks.
Letter: EPA must enforce Clean Air on factory farms
They are some of the worst air polluters in the country and the Environmental Protection Agency isn’t doing anything about it.
Farm & Food File: Musings become ‘The Land of Milk and Uncle Honey’
Now it’s a reality; 144 pages of stories, photographs, and memories of the people, food, and events — the culture — of American agriculture 50 years ago.
Farm & Food File: Food service merger proposal a big bunch of baloney
If done, according to the Federal Trade Commission, the new Sysco would be a $65 billion-a-year battleship commanding 75 percent of all food sales to larger chain restaurants, more than 50 percent of all food sales in at least 32 cities nationwide, and as much as 80 percent of all restaurant food sales in a handful of cities like Washington, D.C.
Commentary: Mandatory 50-foot buffers won’t improve water quality
Much research done in Minnesota shows that water from agricultural lands has equal or better water quality than before European settlement.
Farm & Food File: Spring’s cold snap caused dandelions to seize ground
What’s a “light” freeze? I wondered. Any freeze, regardless of its weight or shade, would turn my eight, just-transplanted tomato plants into dead dishrags.
Latest Nuts & Bolts
USDA announces funding opportunity for distance learning and telemedicine projects
WASHINGTON, May 22, 2015 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is accepting applications for its Distance Learning and Telemedicine (DLT) grant program, which provides increased access to education, training and health care resources in rural areas.
Professional truck drivers to offer important highway safety tips
Elite Drivers to Discuss Highway Safety as Summer Driving Season Begins
Nedap introduces new Farrowing Feeding System
New system created to help prevent body condition loss in sows.
Minnesota Farm Bureau Recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms
The Minnesota Farm Bureau is pleased to recognize 21 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2015. A commemorative certificate signed by Governor Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation President Kevin Paap will be awarded to qualifying families, along with an outdoor sign signifying Sesquicentennial Farm recognition. Information on all Sesquicentennial Farm families will be available online at www.fbmn.org.
Iowa Ag News – Chickens & Eggs
Iowa Egg production during April 2015 was 1.30 billion eggs, down 8 percent from last month, and down 4 percent from last year, according to the latest Chickens and Eggs report from USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service.