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Fall pasture management more important this year


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Source: John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Specialist

Pastures and Producers experienced stress this year. Get your pastures ready for winter and prepared for next year’s growing season by taking action this fall.

Soil Test …Don’t Guess!

If you haven’t taken soil tests in the last four years, consider soil sampling your pastures. Use the same steps as your cropland. Take a 6 inch deep sample at random locations across the pasture. Avoid manure and urine spots or places where livestock congregate. Get 20 samples per 5 acres and mix in a clean bucket. Mix the samples thoroughly and place in a soil sample bag. Once you get the results consider fall applications of fertilizer and lime to correct any deficiencies. Plants that are in good condition going into the winter will do better next spring.

Keep pastures tall going into winter.

Both animals and plants store nutrients in fall to help them survive winter. Plant leaves catch light to make carbohydrates which are stored in root and stolons. If the pasture has been grazed short, there is not enough leaf area to store food. Pull animals off the pasture when the stubble height is 4-6” for cool season introduced pastures and 8 inches or better for tall warm season grasses such as big bluestem, Indiangrass, or switchgrass.

Thinking about adding legumes to your pasture?

Intentionally overgraze the pasture you want to interseed. This reduces competition from grasses and allows light penetration of the canopy. Early next spring when the ground thaws during the day and freezes at night, you’ll be able to either broadcast seed on top of the ground or later when the ground is fit for tillage and somewhat moist, no-till drill seed into the pasture. Consider lining these up now to prepare for later.

Fall Weed Control

Spot spraying or broadcast applications of herbicide work well in the fall because weeds are also preparing for winter by sending plant nutrients and herbicides to the root system for storage. Remember, herbicides that kill broadleaves also will usually kill legumes.

My thanks to John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Specialist for providing the information for this article. John can be reached at john.zinn@mn.usda.gov or 507-289-7454 ext. 115.

Preconditioning?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Source: Timothy J. Goldsmith DVM, MPH, DACVPM, University of Minnesota College of Veterinary Medicine It is the time of the year to start considering the marketing of your calves. I ..... 
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The MN State Fair media trip

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The state fair is known for many things. All the animals, the great food, the fair even has rides for all ages. So with all this stuff going on, who is making sure that every one that isn’t visiting this fair knows what is going on? Well this year ..... 
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Farmers had a field day on September 14

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers A Field Day was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Simon Farms near Harmony, Minn. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with owner Josh Simon on hand sharing his experiences with visitors. The Field Day was sponsored by Crop Production Servic ..... 
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4H at the State Fair

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Austen Whitacre 4-H is a national organization for youth who want to learn leadership and life skills. The youth that participate can choose a lot of different project areas to be a part of. After talking with Travis Troendle at the state fair ..... 
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Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you ..... 
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Is your ATV a farm machine?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For examp ..... 
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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructiv ..... 
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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting ..... 
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