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Winter Crops Day returns to Caledonia


Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a season that included a wet spring, a hot summer, and a dry fall. No one knows what is in store for the 2012 season, but crop management decisions are underway now, and that will be the focus of the University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) annual Winter Crops day. Producers, farm managers, Ag consultants and sales people, or others interested in learning about economically favorable and environmentally sustainable practices for Ag production will benefit from attending on January 11.

Jeff Vetsch, assistant scientist at the SROC, will begin the program at 9:00 a.m. with the crop year in review. He will summarize the weather data collected at Waseca and explain what role the 2011 weather had on crop production. How the record dry fall conditions may impact the 2012 crop will also be discussed.

Many products are on the market for soybean growers promising consistent yield benefits. Seth Naeve, Extension agronomist at the University of Minnesota, will report on soybean trials evaluating foliar fertilizers, fungicide, seed treatments, and inoculants.

Alfalfa is an important crop for dairy farmers. Craig Sheaffer, professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics, will discuss sustainable cropping systems, alfalfa management by variety selection, winter hardiness, and cutting management.

Choosing the appropriate herbicide for your weed control needs can be a daunting task. Each year the University of Minnesota establishes field trials to evaluate herbicides for control of many weed species that pose problems to southern Minnesota corn and soybean producers. Tom Hoverstad, scientist at SROC, will present results from herbicide trials in addition to discussing a summary of fungicide applications.

Corn producers are faced with ever-changing recommendations for the most efficient corn production management. Jeff Coulter, Extension agronomist, will summarize research trials that include planting date, row spacing, and plant populations for corn. Jeff will be joined by Kevin Kuehner, MDA, and Dawn Bernau, Fillmore SWCD, with interesting local data from local plots verifying U of M nitrogen recommendations.

Jeff Vetsch will present research results on several topics related to nutrient management in corn. Some common farmer questions will be addressed. They include: What is the best nitrogen source and when should it be applied? When .....
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Houston County land rent survey mirrors national trend

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, the farmland rent trend mirrors the rest of the nation. Participation increased to sixty-eight usable parcel surveys representing 4,935 acres of tillable crop land. I es ..... 
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AgStar Financial Services making changes in Preston

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Preston, Minn.- There's a new look in downtown Preston. The AgStar Financial Services awning has been replaced by a Lookout Ridge Consulting awning. Not to worry, Lookout Ridge Consulting is a division of AgStar that covers tax, accounting, successi ..... 
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2011 Research results available

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The results from a number of University of Minnesota 2011 research trials are becoming available. I have received individual results on MN Corn Hybrid Performance Trials, Corn Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Soybean Response to Micronut ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

Preston, MN - Nov 25, 2011 - Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the U ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer tells his story

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in ..... 
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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 ha ..... 
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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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