(News release provided by Jeff Wilson and Elizabeth Campbell) -- Even after the worst drought in a half century shriveled crops from Ohio to Nebraska, U.S. farmers are having their most-profitable year ever because of record- high prices and insurance claims.
America’s only advanced biofuel is now available year-round in southwestern Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and northwest Iowa. The South Dakota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council, Harms Oil Company, National Biodiesel Foundation and Clean Cities have partnered to expand the availability of biodiesel in the region. Previously, biodiesel was only offered for seasonal blending.
Minnesota farmer Matt Lantz of Lake Crystal! He talks about how being more efficient gives him more time.
What's Your Optimum® AcreMax® Xtra Story? Matt Lantz, Lake Crystal, MN, explains how this new integrated refuge technology from DuPont Pioneer simplifies corn planting. Being more efficient gives him more time, and free time is valuable!
With the 2012 election wrapping up, it was imperative to also look at amendments and ballot initiatives that could have influenced ag policy and practices.
Voters in California and North Dakota rejected two ballot initiatives that were opposed by agriculture groups. Californians rejected Proposition 37, that would have mandated genetically modified foods (GM) to be labeled as such.
In a sport where horsepower is everything, it is no surprise that higher biodiesel blends that boost engine performance have grabbed the attention of tractor pulling enthusiasts. Biodiesel has a higher cetane rating than petroleum diesel, plus it adds lubricity, two key factors in power, performance and engine life.
During competition this summer at the Rice County Fair, all of the Super Farm Class tractor pullers of the United Pullers of Minnesota (UPM) ran B100 to test its performance.
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – OCT. 26, 2012 – Novozymes, the world leader in bioinnovation, and Syngenta, one of the world’s leading agricultural companies, today announced an exclusive global marketing and distribution agreement on the microbial-based biofungicide Taegro®, a natural solution with multiple modes of action used to combat fungal diseases across various crops. The two companies will join forces to bring Novozymes’ Taegro to farmers worldwide through Syngenta’s global organization.
Converting livestock manure into methane has been identified as a potential way to decrease manure pollution, generate renewable energy, and reduce GHG emissions, but a dearth of information exists on the economic feasibility and sustainability of converting animal manure into methane and other marketable energy products, like electricity.
(Press release from NTPA) - U.S. soybean farmers, through their checkoff, support the National Tractor Pullers Association (NTPA) to promote biodiesel among pulling fans.
The NTPA plans to return the favor by allowing the use of 100 percent biodiesel fuel, or B100, in all diesel pulling classes beginning next season. This could increase biodiesel demand by putting its performance benefits on display for the farmers, truck drivers and other diesel users who make up a large portion of the NTPAs fan base.
Several Minnesota soybean farmers invited trade delegation from Southeast Asia to their family farms on Tuesday, October 16. This group, consisting of leaders in the Filipino, Korean and Hong Kong food industries, saw first-hand how U.S. farmers set the bar high in terms of crop production. During their trip to Minnesota, the delegates also visited Western Consolidated Cooperative in Holloway and Ag Processing Inc. in Dawson.