Mark Steil Feature Archive

The warmer weather forecast for the next week, including some 90 degree temperatures, should speed crop maturity, and lessen the risk of damage from a frost a little. (08/19/2013)
Michael Hartmann, the southern Minnesota dairy farmer who last year pleaded guilty to charges of illegally selling raw milk, could be jailed following a recent stop for transporting unpasteurized milk. (08/13/2013)
Minnesota farmers are expected to harvest slightly smaller corn and soybean crops this fall than last year, in part because fields in some parts of the state have been hurt by too much spring rain, followed, by streak of cool temperatures. (08/12/2013)
Farmer discontent with Congress seems to be growing almost as quickly as Minnesota's corn and soybean fields. The unhappiness is aimed at lawmakers' inability to pass the central piece of the nation's agricultural policy, the farm bill. (08/07/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is asking for public comment on a plan to reduce unsafe nitrate levels in drinking water. Much of the nitrate load comes from agricultural fertilizers. (08/03/2013)
Granite Falls Energy has purchased a majority interest in a financially struggling southwest Minnesota ethanol company. (08/01/2013)
Farmland is the source for 70 percent of the nitrates in state surface waters, according to a recent study. Reducing the amount of nitrate that enters rivers and streams is a daunting job, but there are signs that some of the changes made on farms already are taking hold. (07/23/2013)
For a good example of what might seem an out-of-control tractor market, one need only look to a chilly, rain-soaked auction last March in southwest Minnesota. (07/10/2013)
The latest crop report shows that Minnesota corn fields made good progress last week, but growth is still more than a week behind schedule. (07/02/2013)
MPR's Cathy Wurzer talked with Minnesota Public Radio reporter Mark Steil, who spoke from our Worthington bureau. (07/02/2013)
Corn prices fell after the U.S. Agriculture Department indicated farmers have planted more acres nationwide than estimated earlier. (06/29/2013)
The Minnesota Department of Agriculture has banned raw milk sales on a central Minnesota farm, after blaming the product for a half dozen illnesses. (06/26/2013)
The Department of Natural Resources says Minnesota's lakes, streams and underground water supplies are recovering rapidly from last year's drought. (06/23/2013)
Minnesota hog farmers have a new disease to worry about, a virulent form of diarrhea that is deadly to young pigs. (06/21/2013)
Colorado-based Gevo is resuming production of the industrial chemical isobutanol from corn at its converted ethanol plant in Luverne. (06/18/2013)