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Prevented Plant and Cover Crops


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

Jill Sackett, Local Extension Educator, Conservation Agronomist, has passed along this information on opting for Prevented Plant acres this spring. Be sure to talk to your insurance agent and Farm Service Agency before choosing and planting a cover crop.

If you choose the 60 percent payment option, you CANNOT graze or hay the cover crop until after November 1. It is my understanding that you can terminate it via tillage or herbicide at any time, however. If you choose the second crop / 35 percent payment option, you CAN graze or hay the cover crop. Check with insurance and FSA on this before making any decisions. It is also my understanding that your FSA office should have a list of acceptable cover crops. These lists can vary from state to state and even county to county. Most will NOT include anything that can be insured (i.e. - alfalfa, soybeans). Again, check with insurance and FSA on this before making any decisions.

Cover crop seed availability is already low and prices are already high. If you know you are going to use a cover crop, order it and get it delivered as soon as you can.

Farmers have had to make tough cropping decisions do to the extreme spring weather conditions and will have to continue to do so this summer and fall. As I have searched for information for various people these are some of the sources of information that I have found useful. Hopefully some of them will also be helpful to you.

The University of Minnesota Extension website http://www.extension.umn.edu, has a section Extension News. Two useful articles are “Choosing ACRE or DCP” and “Website for Forage Shortage, Late Planting Issues.” From that website you can move to Extension’s “Alfalfa Weather Damage and Emergency Forages” website at: www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/crops/spring-issues and Extension’s “Late Planting” website at www.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/crops/late-planting.

If postemergence application of a soil-applied residual herbicide is considered, be sure to check the herbicide label for any crop height restrictions. Maximum height restrictions ca .....
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Should I wait longer to cut alfalfa?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Dan Martens, Extension Educator Stearns/Benton Counties, gathered these thoughts from several Regional and State Specialists on the current alfalfa situation. This is what he had to say, “I hope I’ve represented these three perspectives correctl ..... 
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Hay shortage affecting farmers

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Local farmers are dealing with a situation - which farmers often do. This time, the situation is a shortage of hay and it’s not only local farmers who are feeling the effects. There are many critical factors in farming, and hay is one piece ..... 
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Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter offers financial assistance to landowners

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Winona, Minn. - The Winona/Root River Pheasants Forever chapter is offering landowners and farmers in Winona, Fillmore, and Houston Counties with additional financial assistance to make enrollment in the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) a more fin ..... 
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Employment skills for today - planning for success

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 24th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The University of Minnesota Extension will be conducting a workshop in Rochester that addresses information & strategies for agricultural workforce management. It is supported by A ..... 
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Summer came and so did Farm Safety Day Camp!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Another beautiful day for the joint Fillmore/Houston fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp held at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The farmer volunteers were planting corn like crazy last Tuesday, so we had a number of very capable substitutes at Farm S ..... 
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Community partners can make the difference: Stormwater Mini-Grant Program

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as mini-grants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams. Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a rain garden? ..... 
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Area farmer says baby calves need protection

Fri, May 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Karen Reisner Mother Nature was rough on everything this last couple of months with her cold, rainy, and windy weather tantrums topped off by a heavy, wet May snow. Many beef cow-calf operations have suffered unusually heavy calf losses driven ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VII

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, May 10th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The seventh joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 14th at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 455 students registe ..... 
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