Crop irrigation has boomed in Minnesota in the past few years, increasing land values and raising yields for corn, soybeans and other crops. But hundreds of Minnesota farmers appear to be irrigating cropland without the state permits required to use large volumes of public water.
The earliest spring wheat being combined Tuesday on some Grand Forks county fields is still being harvested rather late. Very different from last year, which was one of the earliest growing seasons in memory for many Red River Valley farmers. Thompson Farmer's Elevator manager Mike Morgan says this season's harvest is about a month behind last year.
ST. LOUIS (AP) - U.S. reserves of corn have hit their lowest level in over 15 years in part because of higher demand from the ethanol industry, reflecting tighter supplies that will lead to higher food prices in 2011.
Hundreds of farmers from North Dakota and Minnesota are gathering in Grand Forks for a two-day conference. The annual Prairie Grains Conference is set up by six farm-related groups, including the North Dakota Grain Growers Association and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers.
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