Mark Steil Feature Archive

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)
Minnesota's county recorders will hold their annual meeting June 11-14 and plan to discuss the best wording for marriage licenses and applications now that same-sex marriage is legal in the state. (06/09/2013)
A cow in northwest Minnesota has died from anthrax, the first case in Minnesota in five years. Anthrax spores occur naturally in the ground, and recent heavy rains may have brought the anthrax to the surface. (06/09/2013)
Cleanup from April's ice storm is proceeding faster than expected in southwest Minnesota. Crews are still working to take down trees that were too severely damaged to survive. (06/05/2013)
Minnesota farmers are near finishing spring planting, but it's been a struggle. Rain has delayed work in many parts of the state. Farmers in other states face the same problem and grain traders are starting to worry that the harvest may be affected. (06/04/2013)
The sale of one of the nation's largest meatpackers to a Chinese company is being watched closely in a southwest Minnesota community. (05/29/2013)
The U.S. Senate took up the farm bill last week but has yet to take a final vote on the legislation. Funding for food stamps is one area of contention. (05/26/2013)