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Albert Lea Seed leafy floury corn

Leafy-Floury corn hybrids Silage have been bred for kernels with more floury starch than a dual-purpose corn hybrid. They contain a naturally occurring recessive gene called opaque-1. In the farmer’s field, a segregation of kernel type is seen on the ear. Approximately 25% of the kernels on each ear have completely floury interiors. The other 75% of the kernel set is composed of normal Leafy type kernels. All kernels are selected to be large, soft, and slow drying so that they will fracture easily during chopping and cow chewing for maximum starch digestibility.

Farm Income Trends: The Good, The Bad, and The Reality

Dr. Joleen Hadrich, Applied Economics/Extension Economist at the University of Minnesota Extension provided a detailed look at what separates the top 20% producers from the bottom 20% in terms of input costs, land rental versus ownership, machinery purchases versus repair, and many other important considerations. Also she discussed the effect on farming success for farmers who have taken over the family farm. She also dusted off the crystal ball to make some predictions for 2019 markets. Dr. Hadrich spoke at the 2018 Albert Lea Seed Open House on November 30, 2018.

Rob Myers Profitable Cover Cropping

Dr. Rob Myers of SARE presented how farmers can use cover crops profitably. He was a keynote speaker at the 2018 Albert Lea Seed Open House.

organic weed control Joel Gruver

Dr. Joel Gruver, Director of the Western Illinois University's Organic Research Program, discusses techniques for managing weeds in an organic farming model. From the 2017 Albert Lea Open House.

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