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Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book!


Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist

Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the process of updating a conservation plan and summarized some of the responses to the questions. As an added incentive, the Fillmore SWCD is now offering you a free plat book for updating your conservation plans.

1. Why do you think updating your plan is a good idea?

Some felt it was a good idea to update the plan because a lot of plans are old and don’t reflect the current crop rotation and modern farming practices. Also some felt it was better to have an updated plan to make sure that they were in compliance with the federal farm programs.

2. What benefits do you see in having updated conservation plans?

Many benefits brought up by producers are the updated maps and soils maps of the farm, having a plan to follow, avoiding compliance issues, and knowledge of the current conservation programs to help with conservation practices. The process also helped identify many conservation practice needs such as possible waterways, ponds, basins, and terraces.

3. Overall how hard was the process of updating your conservation plan?

The answer to this question is not hard at all. The only thing you need is about a half hour of time, and what you plan to run for crop rotation and tillage practices on the farm.

4. Would you recommend people update their conservation plan if the plan has not been updated in many years?

Everyone said that they would recommend that producers get their conservation plan updated. They also suggested that anyone who is renting land should get a copy of the existing plan to make sure their operation follows the existing plan. If it doesn’t, then a new plan should be done on that farm. They mentioned that it is a good opportunity to a use the technical and financial resources that are offered at the NRCS & SWCD office. In addition, by updating your conservation plan you are taking a look at the soil loss over the entire farm and identifying possible areas where potential conservation practices are needed.

5. Was there anything that surprised you about updating your plan?

The one common answer was that many producers couldn’t believe how old their .....
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New hayable buffer program for the south fork of the Root River

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Buffers can be very effective at trapping and controlling sediments, nutrients and pesticides before they enter streams or sinkholes. Streamside buffers comprised of perennial vegetation also reduce stream bank erosio ..... 
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Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lender ..... 
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Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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Plan now to attend driftless region beef conference

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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2013 Winter Crops Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties The 2013 Winter Crops Day will be coming to Caledonia on Wednesday, January 16. This interesting and educational event will be held at the Good Times Restaurant, 118 Bissen Street. Regis ..... 
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Will grid soil sampling work for my livestock farm?

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Randy Pepin, Extension Educator Agriculture Production Systems, Livestock, Crops, Manure University of Minnesota Extension Grid Soil Sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizer ..... 
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Managing the great super-cycle

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The economic landscape appears to be crazier than the weather as the Nordic winds flow out of Canada and many of you nestle in for planning in 2013 and beyond. The great supercycle in commodities is now entering its second decade creating unpreceden ..... 
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Extension Calendar 2013 for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

January •10 & 17: Dairy Farm Safety Short Course, 10:00 am - 4:00 pm, St Charles Community Center, Registration: www.uwrf.edu/CenterForDairyFarmSafety/, 715-425-3240 ..... 
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