Farmfest is Minnesota's premier outdoor farm show featuring equipment demonstrations, new technologies and political forums. With 2022 an election year, the forums promise to generate plenty of excitement. 


Crop scouting is an important part of farm management. But keeping an eye out for pests or diseases is only part of the process. The University of Minnesota has develope a tool to help diagnose crop disease issues and offer treatment advice. Learn more about the Digital Crop Doc in this week's LFN video. 

Farm News

June 29, 2022
The nation's corn crop is rated at 67% good to excellent by the USDA, down 3 percentage points from last week. USDA says about 4% of the nation's corn crop is silking. Minnesota's corn crop is also rated at 64% good to excellent, down 1 point from last week. 

The nation's soybean crop is rated 65% good to excellent, down 1 point from last week. Minnesota's soybean crop is rated 61% good to excellent with about 1% of the soybean crop blooming. 

University of Minnesota Extension Corn Agronomist Jeff Coulter says most of Minnesota's corn crop is in good shape. He says crops in most areas are on par with normal crop development. However, conditions are variable and as dry weather persists across the state, Coulter says rain will soon be needed as crop demand increases. Listen

The USDA will release its acreage report tomorrow. This report outlines how many acres were planted and to which crops. With late planting in some areas of the Corn Belt, a possible shift in acres due to the late planting as well as possible prevented planting claims, the June 30 report is likely to be a market mover. Bryan Strommen, market analyst with Progressive Ag in Fargo says this report is among the most important of the year. Listen

Minnesota assistant state climatologist Pete Boulay says the climate outlook prediction projections continue to indicate hotter and drier than normal conditions for July, August and September. Listen

Prices for hay have been softer this year in part because some of the areas of the country that had drought stress in 2021 are faring much better in 2022. Randy Kath with the Steffes group says the wetter conditions in parts of the West has slowed demand for hay and that trend may continue. Listen
The soybean gall midge is one again showing up in fields in Southwest Minnesota. Bruce Potter, University of Minnesota Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist, says the pests have started to show up a bit later than normal. The gall midge can kill soybean plants. Potter describes what to look for to determine if there is a gall midge infestation. Listen

The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center is planning a gall midge field day in July to help familiarize farmers with the pest. Learn more and register here. 

The U.S. House of Representatives passed a bill in recent weeks that would allow for the permanent use of E15 year round. Troy Bradenkamp, Senior Vice President of GOvernment and Public Affairs for the Renewable Fuels Association says his organization has been working with biofuels supporters to get E15 addressed in the Senate as well. Brandenkamp says time is of the essence as the number of days the Senate will be in Washington working is short. Listen

The Minnesota State Cattlemen's summer tour is scheduled for July 12. Tour buses will leave at 7 a.m. from the Minnesota Zoo. The tour will include stops at the University of Minnesota Andrew Boss Laboratory of Meat Science, the U of M Veterinary Medicine Center as well as U of M forage plots.

Minnesota State Cattlemen's Association Executive Director Allison VanDerWal says the stops at the University should help connect cattle producers with some of the research that's being conducted to improve cattle production and opportunities. Listen

The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company recently announced that two lines of its commercial tires are now made with a renewable soybean oil compound. The Goodyear Metro Miler G152 and G652 tires for transit buses along with the popular Endurance™ WHA waste haul tire are now made with soybean oil, which replaces a portion of the petroleum-based materials used in their production. 

Upcoming Events

July 6:                 U of M Rochester Weed Control Field Day, July 6, Rochester
July 13:                U of M SWROC Soybean gall midge field day, Luverne
July 13:                U of M weed management field day, RROC, Rosemount
July 20:                U of M crops and soils field day, NWROC, Crookston
July 26-28:          North Star Ag Expo, Owatonna
Aug. 2-4:              Farmfest, Redwood Falls
Aug. 25-Sept. 5   Minnesota State Fair

Farm Fun Fact

Firing up the grill to cook some hot dogs this holiday weekend? You're not alone. The National Hot Dog & Sausage Council estimates that a whopping 150 million hot dogs are consumed on the 4th of July alone. That's enough hot dogs to stretch across the country, from Washington D.C. to Los Angeles, more than five times.

Sponsor Spotlight

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providing  steel and welding supplies, or assisting with  equipment preparations for the next season. Metal Services understands that before a single trailer gets hitched, or combine goes to work, everything has to be in working order. With harvest on the horizon, make sure your equipment is in tip top shape. If you're in need of repairs, check out Metal Services. Their portable service truck can also come to you. Check out www.metal-services.com or call 507-583-2144.


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