Mark Steil Feature Archive

The number of farm loans requiring adjustments are at historic lows. But many crop farmers likely will lose money on their corn harvest this year because of low prices. (12/03/2014)
The main problem is corn, with about four percent of the state's crop still in the field. (11/29/2014)
Minnesota yields were below expectations in parts of state. But a big U.S. harvest has cut grain prices. Farmers are weighing how to cut costs next year. (11/09/2014)
Collisions between farm machinery and power poles seem to be on the rise in rural Minnesota. Some worry it's just a matter of time before someone gets seriously hurt. (10/21/2014)
After months of complaints by farmers, grain shippers and others about lengthy railroad delays, another major industry is crying foul. (10/12/2014)
Farm groups complain about rail shipping delays, but some areas are much worse off than others. The longest delays are in North and South Dakota and western Minnesota. (10/05/2014)
Farmers in southern Minnesota likely will see a 30-percent decline in soybean productions because of the weekend frost. The hit to corn wasn't as bad. (09/15/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Plentiful rain and mild temperatures boosted the September forecast by 2 bushels an acre, according to newly released USDA data. (09/11/2014)
Minnesota's propane suppliers have installed additional storage tanks to increase their supply. They're hoping to avert a propane shortage like the one that occurred last year. (09/09/2014)
Minnesota's farmland is worth about $100 billion, and given that land often accounts for 80 percent of a farm's assets, that value has served as an economic engine. It provides farmers the collateral they need to buy equipment and grow crops. (08/25/2014)
Farmers in Minnesota expect a down year because of June's damaging weather. The bumper crop elsewhere means corn prices won't go high enough to make a profit. (08/12/2014)
Minnesota exported agricultural products worth $7 million to Russia in 2013, but that is only about 1 percent of the state's non-manufactured exports. (08/07/2014)
The four candidates vying for the Republican nomination to challenge Gov. Mark Dayton found a receptive crowd for their message that government regulations are getting in the way of small businesses like farms. (08/05/2014)
Buying 100 acres of good farmland can cost $1 million, and that amount of land often is too little to support a family. (07/27/2014)