Mike Peterson planted corn on his land Monday in Northfield, Minn.

Only 35% of Minnesota's corn crop has been planted. That's about half the five-year average.

Minnesota agricultural commodities — from sugar beets to wheat to soybeans — all dramatically trail previous benchmarks for crop progress as of mid-May.

Minnesota's wheat growers stare down soggy fields as planting deadline ticks closer

May 16
Mike Peterson planted corn on his land on Monday, May 16, 2022 in Northfield, Minn.
Minnesota farmers might be receiving record-breaking prices at market this year for wheat, but many are anxious for warm weather to dry out sloppy fields from a wet spring.

Black Americans are acutely underrepresented in farming; Cargill is working to change that

May 14
Farmer John Lee closes the door to his tractor before working in his field.
The agribusiness is attempting to bring more minority farmers into the supply chain through price premiums and new market opportunities in hopes of reversing historical discrimination.
Agriculture
May 10
A field of sunflowers near Horishni Plavni, Ukraine, is shown in 2019. MUST CREDIT: Bloomberg photo by Evgeniy Maloletka

With sunny prices, waterlogged Minnesota farmers hopeful for sunflowers this season

Ukraine and Russia produce roughly half of the world's annual crop of sunflowers. Without their usual harvest, some sunflower farmers in the Dakotas and Minnesota see record-breaking prices.
Agriculture
May 4
Nigerian soldiers waited at a newly inaugurated Dangote fertilizer plant in Lagos, Nigeria, on March 22. Nigeria is eyeing global exports of fertilize

Price of fertilizer on the steep rise — farmers unsure who, what's to blame

Farming — like all industries — has not been immune to rising prices this year. The concentration of fertilizer producers has left many crop farmers feeling squeezed.
Agriculture
May 3
A farm field on Tuesday, Jul 23, 2019, near Dundas, Minn., when a wet spring pushed back planting season for corn and soybeans.

Wet, cold spring keeps farmers out of fields across Minnesota

A weekly crop report from the USDA shows Minnesota farmers are behind on planting season as wet, dreary weather persists.
Agriculture
April 30
Fire consumed an area near Porto Velho, Brazil, in 2019.

Despite COP26 promises, deforestation spreads

Brazil had the largest share of tree loss last year, followed by the Democratic Republic of Congo and Bolivia, as landowners make forests into agricultural land.
Business
April 30
Tiffany Farrier is owner of the state’s first halal-certified farm, Kandi Acres.

Locally raised halal meat presents new opportunities for Minnesota producers

Most halal goat meat now comes frozen from Australia and New Zealand, but there's an effort afoot to create a fresh, local supply.
Business
April 29
Drought damaged many cattle farms last summer, including some near Cannon Falls. Both Democrats and Republicans agree farmers deserve relief but are s

Fight over tree fund sticking point in Minnesota Legislature's dueling drought bills

House Democrats want to spend $13 million to replace shade trees lost to drought, as well as millions in grants and loans to farmers and ranchers. Senate Republicans are balking.
Agriculture
April 27
Cattle being processed at a Cargill beef plant in Fort Morgan, Colo., in August 2010.

Minnesota beef growers split on proposed federal rules on slaughterhouses

Ag committees in both U.S. chambers held hearings this week on legislation aimed at bringing transparency to sales of beef cattle between growers and processing facilities.
Agriculture
April 26
FFA students check-in with staff inside the Lee & Rose Warner Coliseum at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds on Monday during the Career Connections job

FFA convention held in person for first time since 2019

The youth educational and agriculture organization drew 3,500 Minnesota high school students to the Twin Cities for three days of speeches, connections and competitions.
Agriculture
April 25
The expectation of rainfall in the Midwest this week sent corn prices down to a trading-level limit on Tuesday.

Despite corn topping decade-high $8 a bushel, some Minnesota farmers still wary

Corn has hit prices in April not seen in a decade, but that hasn't yet translated to easing anxiety for producers who also see rising costs for planting and harvesting that crop.
Agriculture
April 23
A Russian military vehicle destroyed during combats against Ukrainian army is seen in a corn field in Sytnyaky, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, on

How a Minnesota ag firm is helping Ukrainian farmers plant in war-scarred fields

EarthDaily Agro, a Maple Grove-based precision agriculture company, is providing Ukrainian farmers vital mapping data in order to sow fields and stave off food insecurity.
Agriculture
April 20
Sen. Tina Smith visited the Minnesota Corn Growers Association in Burnsville.

Sen. Tina Smith opens discussions with Minnesota farmers ahead of farm bill talks

The senator visited ag representatives at the Minnesota Corn Growers Association ahead of political negotiations on the once-every-five-years renewal of the nation's farm and food policy bill.
Business
April 14
A woman, identified by an activist group as Alicia Santurio, is escorted off the court after attempting to glue her hand to the court during the Minne

Woman at Timberwolves game protests bird-flu deaths at Taylor company

The woman was removed from Target Center after she tried to glue her hand to the basketball court Tuesday night.
Business
April 6
CHS headquarters in Inver Grove Heights.

CHS wraps up profitable quarter as war in Ukraine unsettles key energy and grain segments

The Minnesota agricultural firm's second quarter ended before the effects of the conflict could be felt. Improved energy demand, commodity and fertilizer prices drove CHS profits in the first months of 2022.
Agriculture
April 6
The largest avian influenza outbreak since 2015 has affected more than 630,000 birds, mostly turkeys, in Minnesota as of Tuesday.

Bird flu reaches 1 million turkeys in Minnesota: Here's what you need to know

The poultry industry, regulators and politicians have repeatedly assured consumers it is not a food safety issue. But bird viruses do, however, have the potential to do economic damage.
Agriculture
April 5
Minnesota farmers beat drought and supply-chain snags to post near-record profits in 2021.

For the second year, Minnesota farmers saw profitability improve in 2021

Adjusted for inflation, last year was the second-most-profitable on record. It was also the second straight year of improved profitability for the state's farmers after seven years of barely breaking even.
Agriculture
April 5
The Minnesota Pork Board released a report Tuesday that outlines a range of actions to make pork production more sustainable and help the industry red

Minnesota pork producers eye 40% greenhouse gas reduction by end of decade

A new report provides a model for sustainability practices in the nation's second-leading pork-producing state.
Business
April 2
SunOpta CEO Joe Ennen, right, watched as food scientists evaluated samples of a pumpkin oat beverage.

SunOpta's new Eden Prairie HQ cements transition to Minnesota

The non-dairy milk and fruit-based food producer is rapidly expanding production capacity to meet demand for more plant-based products.
Agriculture
April 2
A horse-drawn carriage outside a wheat grain storage facility near a grain wholesale market in Dadri, Uttar Pradesh, India, on Feb. 26.

Booming wheat exports from India to ease global shortage

The war in Ukraine and drought conditions in some regions haVE sent demand for the nation's wheat soaring.
Inspired
April 1
Care farm participants are responsible for an array of daily tasks. “They’re focused on what needs to get done that day, which is what takes them

In Holland, people with dementia can work on a farm

"Care farms" provide meaningful work and an opportunity to commune with nature
Business
March 26
The first cases of a highly contagious strain of bird flu have reached Minnesota flocks.

Bird flu detected in Minnesota flocks

The industry is confident the multi-state outbreak won't be as devastating as 2015.