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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 five Minnesota locations allowing graziers to attend the location closest to them. Locations include Thief River Falls, Grand Rapids, Lamberton, Rochester, and Staples; registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Three presentations will be in-person at each of the five MN locations. The remaining presentations will be live and interactive via video broadcast across all locations. The goal is to enable broad involvement without large time- and mileage-commitments for participants.

The 'grazing-edge' research presentations include:

Grasses for Minnesota Grazing Systems by UMN-Extension Forage Agronomist Paul Peterson (presenting from Thief River Falls).

Grazing Management of Annual Ryegrass in Combination with Rape or Turnips Seeded on Cattle Winter Feeding Areas by UMN-NCROC Agronomist Russ Mathison (presenting from Grand Rapids)

Cycling & Loss of Nutrients in Pastures: There's No Substitute for Good Management by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Michael Russelle (presenting from Lamberton)

Maintaining Pasture Productivity: The Effects of Extent & Timing of Grazing by USDA-ARS-DFRC Scientist Geoff Brink (presenting from Rochester)

Silvopasture: An Agroforestry Management Practice for Woodland Grazing by UMN-Extension Agroforestry Specialist Diomy Zamora (presenting from Staples)

Crossbreeding Dairy Cattle For Improved Milk Production on Pasture by UMN-WCROC Dairy Scientist Brad Heins (presenting from Staples)

Statewide Grazier Panel (GLCA members presenting from each location)

MFA, GLCA, and Sponsor Updates (presented from each location)

Preregistration by November 22 is only $5.00 and includes lunch and proceedings! On-site registration is $15. Preregister via www.midwestforage.org/grazing.php, or contact the MFA office for assistance. The location is the Winona State University-Rochester Campus, 859 30th Ave SE, Room ST 108 (Rochester).

This pioneering event is co-hosted by the Grazing Lands Conservation Association (GLCA), Natural Resources Conservation Service, MN Department of Agriculture, MN Cattleman's Association, University of Minnesota Extension, and Midwest Forage Association. Major sponsors include Albert Lea Seed, Barenbrug .....
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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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Farm computer usage continues to climb

Fri, Oct 14th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A recent report by the Agricultural Statistic Board reports that a total of 62 percent of U.S. farms now have Internet access, compared with 59 percent in 2009. Sixty-five percent of farms have access to a computer in 2011, up one percentage point f ..... 
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Mathison family to be honored as area finalist at State Soil and Water Conservation District Convention

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) has named Larry and Irene Mathison and Loren and Carrie Mathison as one of eight Area Finalists in the 2011 Outstanding Conservationist Award Program. The Mathisons will be ..... 
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Plan Your EAB Response

Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

I believe most people in Southeast Minnesota are aware that Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed two new Emerald Ash Borer infestations. A beetle was found in a purple monitoring trap in Veterans Park in La Crescent, and another one was fou ..... 
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