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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 fertilizers. What about the concept of using this technology for use in distributing manure? University of Minnesota Extension is holding a free workshop on using grid sampling for distributing manure at 1 pm on January 22 at the Good Times restaurant in Caledonia (118 Bissen Street) and at 10 am on January 23 at the Lewiston Community Center (75 Rice Street).

With escalating prices of commercial fertilizer the opportunity of capitalizing on manure for its nutrient value is being recognized. Utilizing this valuable asset with the information grid soil sampling provides us allows us to maximize the economic value of manure. Focusing manure applications in field areas where phosphorus and potassium are needed, and shifting excess manure to other fields, improves the value of manure as a fertilizer replacement, and reduces nutrients in runoff.

Manure presents challenges with varying analysis, nutrient availability, and credits based on livestock species and method of application. Learn how to manage these variables, and with grid soil sampling, enhance the value of manure on your farm. Farmers are welcome, but not required, to bring their own grid soil and manure analysis along to the workshop.

Please arrive at least 15 minutes prior to the event to register. Refreshments and snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is requested, but not required. To register, or for additional information please contact Jake Overgaard of Winona County Extension via email (over0128@umn.edu) or call 507-457-6440.

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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Dairy Farm Safety short course offered by University of Minnesota Extension this winter

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Agriculture ranks third in the total number of fatal work injuries behind construction and transportation/warehousing. It ranks first in the rate of non-fatal injuries per thousand workers and in this category, it is more than double the rate of t ..... 
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Houston County land rent shows slight increase

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, farmland rent continued to increase. There were seventy usable surveys exactly the same as last year. H ..... 
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Fillmore land rent continues upward trend!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

While preparing for the Land Rent Workshops held last month, I looked at average increase in Fillmore County land rent. From 1996-2007 the average increase was $2.69/ acre/year, or about the rate of inflation. Since 2008, the increase has averaged $ ..... 
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Cattle feeder day 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 30th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Feeding and managing for efficiency in the feedlot while finishing cattle at heavier weights is the theme for the 2012 Cattle Feeder Day Program. As the US beef cow herd shrinks, and ..... 
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Ag business management web sites

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties While preparing for the recent Land Rent Workshops, I stumbled across a list of useful Ag Business Management websites that Regional Extension Educator Gary Hachfeld and I prepared many ..... 
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2012 U of MN Corn Trials available online

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 16th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties University of Minnesota Extension Educator-Crops Liz Stahl and U of MN Extension Corn Agronomist Jeff Coulter have made the results of the 2012 University of Minnesota corn grain and ..... 
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