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Ag nutrient storage and heifer grazing field days


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Two for the price of one! Two field days will take place at Brian Hazel’s farm on Tuesday, June 19. Brian has graciously consented to host an Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day in the morning and Dairy Heifer Grazing Field Day following lunch. You are welcome to come to one or both. The farm is located at 27919 State Hwy 250; the farm is approximately 4 miles North of Lanesboro.

The Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day will begin at 10:00am at the 312’x212’x12.5’ manure basin that has a dual liner – 5ft of compacted clay soil liner with a second liner of concrete flatwork. The basin capacity total is 4,557,962 gallons or 609,353 cuft (useable volume below freeboard is 4,075,199 gallons or 544,813 cuft). The manure storage structure was designed for 14 months of storage based on 246 milk cows. Manure is transferred to the basin by a 4” Houle “Chopper Pump” type transfer system.

While viewing the structure, a number of topics on Ag Nutrient Storage will be addressed. Fillmore County Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron, “Why it was needed”; NRCS District Conservationist Bob Joachim, “What was fixed”; and Brian Hazel, “Benefits of the new system.”

The second half of the morning discussion is how to best use this valuable fertilizer! SWCD Nutrient Management Specialist Dawn Bernau, “Brian’s nutrient management plan”; Brian Hazel, “Benefits of the plan”; and Minnesota Department of Ag’s Kevin Kuehner, “Nutrient management studies”.

Lunch is being served by Fillmore County Cattlemen with supporting sponsors Vorwerk Custom Pumping, Wykoff; K & R Implement, Fountain; and Crop Production Services, Harmony.

Following lunch, the Heifer Grazing Field Day will start at 1:00pm. Brian is currently grazing 137 heifers at a site, just north of the first location. The afternoon’s discussion will be led by Root River & Whitewater Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas, U of M Extension Educator Jerry Tesmer, and Brian Hazel. Brian is strip grazing, with fencing and watering system to each paddock. Temporary fencing is used to move the heifers to fresh grass.

Other Field Days to watch for: No-till Field Day, Travis Willford farm, Harmony, June 28; Dairy Field Day, Houston County, TBA; and a Beef Grazing Field Day, Jerry Frank farm, Caledonia, August 11.

The Do’s and Don'ts of Dairy

By Kirsten Zoellner

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

“Drink milk. No, wait! Don’t drink milk. Oh, wait; our bad. Drink milk after all.” Similar to the butter versus margarine debate of the 90s, this is the rhetoric that bounces around, confusing the lot of us and making healthful nutrition decis ..... 
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Dairy is big business in Fillmore County

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County has many dairy farms; 86 of them as of 2010, the vast majority of them run by families. These farms provide much more than milk and other dairy products. They do a lot for the local economy by supplying jobs as well. The milk they pr ..... 
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Sheep management practices workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Sheep are a great animal to raise on farms both large and small, and large numbers aren’t necessary to make it worthwhile. That fact is demonstrated by the USDA Statistical Service (NASS) numbers released for 2011. Of all sheep operations in the U ..... 
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Farm Safety Day Camp VI

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties. During the d ..... 
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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities. FFA ..... 
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What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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Early season pasture thistle control

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

When the grass started greening up, it also meant other less welcome plants will soon be appearing. Normally, early May is excellent for early season pasture weed control, but if this weather trend continues, consider moving the timing up. Plants th ..... 
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