Dan Martens

By Dan Martens Extension Educator U of M Extension Service From time to time, for farm programs, crop disaster declarations, crop insurance options and other things perhaps — we hear about an “Olympic” average for crop yields and other things. Olympic average simply means — for a given set of numbers, you drop the high [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension It’s time to take a close look at spring grain care, if you haven’t started already. In 2013, a late spring led to wet soybeans and corn at harvest time; and propane supplies became short in the fall. Some soybeans and corn were not dried completely in the [...]

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator University of Minnesota Agronomy staff conducted an agronomy update for farm agronomy advisers at several sites around Minnesota recently. One of the themes through discussions on insects, weeds, crop diseases and fertilizer was that some things in the crop production arena are getting kind of shaky these days. Farmers need [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension Fertilizer expenses for growing corn in 2011 ranged from a bottom 10 percent average of $26/acre to a top 10 percent average of $188/acre. This is based on Farm Business Management Records sorted for Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties. The University of Minnesota Extension will host a workshop [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension Several crop insurance providers are conducting workshops to provide a review and update about the crop insurance programs for 2013. I have to admit I haven’t attended a good crop insurance review for 2013 yet this year. In the mix of doing private pesticide applicator workshops, and a [...]

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