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Battling Stubborn Weeds


Tue, Mar 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Herbicide-Resistant Weeds in Minnesota and What You Need to Know



Farmers battle weeds in their fields every year. With the introduction of new herbicides and other tools to the market in the last 20 years, many farmers believed they had the weapons they needed to fight these unwanted plants.



But the weeds are doing what they always do—adapting and fighting back.



It turns out weeds have weapons of their own, including the ability to become resistant to a variety of herbicides. Herbicide-resistant weeds are not a new phenomenon. Weeds and other pests have always adapted to the ever-changing environment. These cases of herbicide resistance, though, were often more isolated and on a smaller scale than what many farmers face today.



The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association is holding a series of free seminars around Minnesota to help farmers learn more about weed resistance issues and to help them create a plan for their farm. Called Profitability Optimization Dialog (POD) seminars, these events bring university researchers and industry experts together with farmers for awareness and education.



The seminars will feature University of Minnesota weed researcher Dr. Jeffrey Gunsolus as well as University of Tennessee weed scientist Dr. Larry Steckel. Steckel will discuss the significant challenges farmers from Tennessee and other states are facing when it comes to herbicide resistant weeds.



“We know there are issues emerging in Minnesota and the Dakota’s, and farmers in other parts of the country are dealing with pretty substantial problems,” says Kurt Krueger, a farmer from Rothsay, Minnesota and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director. “We want to get on top of this issue here so that it doesn’t become a bigger issue.”



Three POD seminars are scheduled for late March. Dates and locations include:



March 26

Mahnomen, MN

Shooting Star Casino



March 27

Willmar, MN

Holiday Inn Convention C enter



March 28

North Mankato, MN

Best Western Hotel



All events run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The afternoon will focus on grain handling and tech .....
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Silica sand mining voted down

By Andy Siefert

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Andy Seifert On Wednesday, March 12, St. Charles City Council mayor William Spitzer motioned against three annexation petitions seeking to designate land for a frac sand processing plant. Council Members voted unanimously for a resolution settin ..... 
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Selling Wild Mushrooms

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Soon after I was hired, I was advised, “When someone calls with a question, you might as well find out the answer, because others will have the same question.” I’ve now had ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H kicks off 2nd Annual Gold Card Fundraiser

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Between now and the first week of April, 4-H families throughout Fillmore County will be selling Gold Cards, which are coupon cards to various merchants throughout Fillmore County. There are 31 Fillmore County businesses on the cards including gas ..... 
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Summer conservation apprentice opportunity

Mon, Mar 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A summer apprenticeship position for a young adult, age 18-25, is available at the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) through Conservation Corps Minnesota. The SWCD has been chosen as one of several placement sites throughout the s ..... 
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Katelyn Ristau 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in Preston Agriculture

The Minnesota Simmental Association is excited to present Katelyn Ristau, daughter of Doug and Deb Ristau of Preston as the 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen. She was crowned at the 40th annual MN Simmental Banquet held on February 22 in Rochester, Min ..... 
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Forages for “U” Workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Mar 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Forages For “U” Workshop will be offered March 21 in Rushford at the Lynndyn Bridge Restaurant. It will feature Dr. Dan Undersander, Extension Forage Specialist, University of Wisconsin. At the workshop key forage production and management i ..... 
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Winter Rye Field Day March 16 in SE Minnesota

Thu, Feb 28th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

HARMONY, Minn. -- What to do with winter rye as the planting season approaches is the topic of a short field day Saturday, March 16, from 10:30 a.m. to noon, at the hog farm of Travis Willford southeast of Harmony. The event is free, though an RSVP ..... 
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Save that date!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties In Extension we often talk about the meeting season being January and February. This year there are a number of exciting education events that will be continue the meeting season on i ..... 
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