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Ag statistics has many stories to tell


Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Russ Krech was right! Years ago, I would often bring up the fact that Fillmore County was Number One in beef cows. Russ Krech, retired Houston County Ag Agent, would always come back with the statement that on a tillable acre basis Houston County had more cows! When I received the 2011edition of Minnesota Ag Statistics, I did a little math. Russ was right!

The 2011 Minnesota Agricultural Statistics is bigger than ever. It is a compilation of numbers gathered by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and the USDA. It includes rankings of Minnesota compared to other states in various commodities plus rankings of Minnesota Counties. There is also information on weather, costs and returns, production numbers, and more.

I knew that Minnesota was a major player in the agriculture economy, but when looking at where Minnesota ranked in the top 10, it is almost easier to say what commodities we are not ranked in the top group. We did not make it in Cattle/Calves, Minnesota is 11th. Sheep and lambs Minnesota was not quite there, we were 12th nationally. Minnesota also did not make the top 10 in chickens, and egg production.

Ignoring the obvious major commodities like corn, soybeans, milk cows, and hogs, there were number one rankings in barley, sugarbeets, sweet corn, and green peas. Other top 10 rankings were in honey, mink pelts, cheddar cheese, canola, flaxseed, potatoes, dry edible beans, sunflowers, oats, and wheat. Except for the cheddar cheese and oats, the rest of these products don't remind me of Fillmore and Houston Counties. This shows the broad diversity of products being produced in Minnesota.

Now to Fillmore and Houston Counties rankings; Fillmore is 7th in government payments, 5th in oats, 4th in alfalfa hay, 2nd in beef cows, 10th in milk cows, and tied for 4th in sheep & lambs. Houston County is 10th in oats, 5th in alfalfa hay, and 7th in beef cows.

2010 was a record crop year with both highs and lows. 2010 was the fewest acres of oats (165,000) raised in Minnesota since records started being kept in 1866. The peak year was 1945.

Not surprisingly, 2010 was the highest yield in corn (177 bu. /ac.) and highest production in both corn (1,292 million bushels) and soybeans (329 million bushels). The corn estimates go back to 1866 and soybeans to 1934.

Livestock production also had extremes. Minnesota had record milk production per cow in 2010 with 19,366 pounds of milk per cow. The low year was .....
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Cattle Feeder Day

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will present the 2011 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days at four locations this December. The Southeast Minnesota location will be Thursday, December 8 at American's Best Value Inn (formerly La Quinta Inn), Rochester. ..... 
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AgStar Home Mortgage Services launches the "You Make the Difference" campaign

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

AgStar Home Mortgage Services, a division of AgStar Financial Services, ACA is excited to announce its "You Make the Difference" campaign. Volunteers from any of the 69 counties in AgStar's local service area can submit an entry on AgStar Home's Fac ..... 
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Grazing research for Minnesota's future- 2011 video conference

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for the first-ever Grazing Video Conference - an opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing research needs. This innovative, interactive event will be held at ..... 
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Additional State Fair Winners

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

In the October 3, 2011, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there were three people in 4-H that were accidentally left out of the State Fair results. Ben Gruszynski won a blue ribbon with his Mini Lop Junior Doe, Michala Morrow won a blue ribbon i ..... 
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Corn stalks - fertilizer bill?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week, I have had considerable conversations about how much fertilizer is going off the field when corn stalk bales are removed. The farms I'm talking about are those w ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

2012 DCP Signup

Enrollment for the 2012 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) will begin on January 23, 2012, and will continue through June 1, 2012. This is different from past years when we started signup on October 1. Producers can ma ..... 
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Grazing crop residues

Fri, Oct 21st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Now that corn harvest is well underway, I have started to see beef cows grazing harvested corn fields. I started to say cornstalks, but 12% of the residue is husk, 27% is leaf, and 12% cob. So there is much more than just stalks, and I'm not countin ..... 
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Fillmore County pork wagon gets new look

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Mensink family has been a big part of Fillmore County's pork production for many years. Craig Mensink of rural Preston has been farming on his land since 1977. His father raised pigs before that, and his grandfather bought the farm in 1945.
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