University of Minnesota researchers are working to domesticate a perennial grain crop known as intermediate wheatgrass that one day could appear in your car’s fuel tank, your pantry or even distinctive new craft brews. Intermediate wheatgrass, which is related to wheat, rye and barley, has the potential to be the first perennial crop to produce both biomass for energy and grain for food, according to, a professor of agronomy and plant genetics in the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences.
Minnesota Public Radio
University of Minnesota extension soybean agronomist Seth Naeve said it's starting to look like the pounding rains of spring built up enough soil moisture to support the crop through the late summer drought.
Palmer amaranth can shoot up as high as 7 feet, and just one plant can produce up to a million seeds. ...The weed isn’t known to have a beachhead as far north as Minnesota, but University of Minnesota Extension researchers have already advised their farmers to be vigilant. “I’d like to say we’re not going to have the problem, but we’re not going to say that,” weed scientist Jeff Gunsolus said.
ASSISTANT PROFESSOR: SOYBEAN BREEDING AND GENETICS
COLLEGE OF FOOD, AGRICULTURAL AND NATURAL RESOURCE SCIENCES
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA
Size, as they say, isn’t everything. As shorthand, the big-equals-bad equation is convenient. But it obscures an inconvenient truth: Plenty of small farmers do not embrace sustainable practices and some big farmers are creative, responsible stewards of the land. “Tony (Thompson)’s is a fantastic operation,” says Helene Murray, executive director of the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture. “And he just happens to grow a lot of corn and soybeans.”
Farmers Begin Harvesting After Wet Spring, Dry Summer
Minnesota crops got a late start, thanks to a soggy spring. Some farmers in southern Minnesota were unable to plant this year.
Dave Nicolai from the University of Minnesota extension described the spring as difficult. Nicolai says current production estimates for Minnesota farms range from 160 to 200 bushels an acre, "given the challenges of the year, it would be nice to have it at a higher level, but not bad."
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KSTP TV , Star Tribune and Pioneer Press
The USDA expects Minnesota farmers to see high yields when they harvest corn later this year. John Lamb, U of M Extension, and Seth Naeve, associate professor of agronomy and plant genetics, talk with KSTP. Jeff Coulter, U of M corn agronomist, talks with the Star Tribune and Pioneer Press.
Farm and Ranch Guide
Research is currently underway that could change the way growers view both intermediate wheat grass and the weed pennycress. Those attending the recent Grass Seed Field Day in Roseau, heard Don Wyse, a professor in the University of Minnesota Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, describe work currently underway in both of those areas.
Parts of Minnesota, for example, have as many as 30% of the usual acres unplanted, and that's opened the window for a lot of weed pressures, says University of Minnesota Extension agronomist and weed scientist Jeffrey Gunsolus. The implications of those monstrous weeds last well beyond this crop season, too.
Farm and Ranch Guide
“Remember, Minnesota is noted for its diverse weather patterns,” said Jeff Gunsolus, an agronomist with University of Minnesota Extension. “Extreme shifts to wet, hot, dry or windy weather patterns can result in untimely postemergence application and poor weed control.”
Time is running out for Minnesota farmers whose spring planting has been delayed by rain and chill. Some 1.2 million acres of corn has yet to be seeded in Minnesota, a full month after farmers hoped it would be in the ground. Nearly half the state's soybean acres haven't yet been planted, the U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Monday. "That's not a very good situation for either," said Seth Naeve a soybean specialist at the University of Minnesota.
Finally, Minnesota's growing season is greening up nicely... "It's great to see the progress from last week," said Jeff Coulter,extension corn specialist at the University of Minnesota. "I think the corn planted last week is going to have excellent yield. It was planted in warm conditions, good for germination, and then got some rain on it."
University of Minnesota agronomist Kathryn Draeger comments on new stormwater rules that will affect nearly 200 Minnesota cities.
2012-13 CFANS Faculty & Staff Award Recipients
Congratulations to the 2012-13 recipients of the CFANS Faculty and Staff awards! Award recipients who were recognized at the college assembly on Tuesday, May 14, 2013.\
Distinguished Extension/ Outreach Award- Jeff Gunsolus, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Innovation in Undergraduate Education Award - Kevin Smith, Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics
Applied Plant Science Seminar Series
will be held in 306 Borlaug Hall
Mondays: 3:30 to 5:00
Next Scheduled Seminars is:
December 2, 2013
"Weed Suppression by Winter Annual Cover Crops in the Corn and Soybean Rotation"
December 9, 2013
"Can Heterogeneous Soil Environments Under Row Crops Support Stabilizing Mycorrhizal Fungi?"
APS 2013 Fall Schedule
Thursday, December 12, 2013
105 Cargill Building for Microbial and Plant Genomics
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