Corn and soybean prices are near historic highs and that's drawing a new generation to crop farming. The president of the Minnesota Farmers Union told The Oklahoman the new interest is a welcome sign after the average age of a Minnesota farmer hit 55.3 in 2007. “You have to have new people to come into any business or industry if it is to stay alive," Doug Peterson said.
St. Michael standoff suspect charged, bail set at $10 million
A judge on Monday set the high bail due to "very significant concerns of public safety" regarding Brandon Gardas.
Crisp & Green opening 13th store in Twin Cities in July
The fast-casual salad and grains restaurant has exploded onto the food scene.
Twins to host post-game concert with country star at Target Field
Country singer Cole Swindell is expected to perform for up to 75 minutes after the conclusion of the Blue Jays-Twins contest.
Canton Restaurant closes after nearly 40 years in Burnsville
It's the end of an era in the Twin Cities restaurant world.
Luck strikes in Minnesota: lottery winners in Duluth, Grand Marais
The North Shore just so happened to be a lucky place to be this past weekend.
60-year-old woman arrested after firing shots inside Spicer home
SWAT evacuated nearby residents during the incident.
Florida Georgia Line booked to play at the Minnesota State Fair
The band is the second country music act to be booked this year.
Isolated severe weather in Minnesota on Tuesday and Wednesday
Definitely not a slam dunk either day, but the chance is there.
Could be worse: MN farms look pretty good while rest of Midwest stays parched
More than 1,000 counties across the Midwest are listed as agricultural disaster areas. Not one is in Minnesota, though. In fact, the latest report shows only 15 percent of the state is very short of moisture. As for the corn and soybean crops, more than 75 percent are in fair to good shape.
High crop prices attracting new blood to farming
Record high prices for corn and soybeans have more Minnesotans looking to give farming a try. But the toughest part of getting started is finding an affordable piece of land. The demand for farmland is pushing up rents, which have risen more than 50 percent in five years.
High commodity prices have a side effect for farmers: a shortage of seeds
Strong crop prices have farmers around the country planting more acreage. Ag officials are advising growers to get their seeds now because the most popular varieties of corn may not be available later.
Last year's Minnesota corn crop comes in at record $7 billion
Even though production was down, Minnesota's corn crop was worth a best-ever $7 billion. The estimate from the U.S. Department of Agriculture tops the previous record the year before. The state's soybean crop was down 13 percent from 2010.
EPA: Monsanto corn may be losing effectiveness against bugs in Minnesota, other states
An agency investigation says a genetically modified version of corn may be losing its effectiveness to ward off rootworms in Minnesota and three other big corn-producing states. The pest may be developing a resistance to the plant's pesticide. Business Week says the bug is among the most destructive corn pests and costs farmers about $1 billion a year.
Minnesota farmers plant 3 million acres of corn in a week
Minnesota corn farmers are expected to plant a record number of acres this spring. And nearly half those acres are already planted by the end of April. It's an improvement over last year, when a soggy spring delayed planting and pushed back the whole growing season.
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