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Rapid snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management


Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. – As a winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain gives way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and potential for flooding pose challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms in Minnesota. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter must ensure that it doesn’t run off with rapid snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters.



Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt. This may be even more important in some areas this year because of frozen snow conditions. In January and February the snow was saturated by rain, and then froze. This prevents surface-applied manure from soaking in to the soil, and more susceptible to runoff.



Minnesota rules require a 300-foot setback from surface waters and open tile intakes for all manure spread onto frozen or snow-covered soil. However, this spring the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency encourages farmers to refrain from surface application until the snow and ice layers are melted. “We have already had several cases where manure was applied in accordance to the rule, but has negatively impacted surface and ground water a significant distance away,” says Wayne Cords, MPCA feedlot program supervisor.



If manure land application can’t wait, to reduce the impact of manure applied to the surface of wet, frozen or snow covered soil, choose the flattest field or flattest parts of fields and follow these guidelines:



• Field slope should be less than 6 percent slope for solid manure, 2 percent for liquid manure,

• Do not apply non-incorporated manure within 300 feet of surface waters. If possible apply manure at even greater setback distances.

• Do not apply in areas of the fields that contain other areas of concentrated flow. A 300-foot setback is required for intermittent streams; however most fields also contain other areas such as grass waterways that receive concentrated flow. Keep back far as possible from these other areas of concentrated flow.

• Choose fields that contain the most crop residue; greater than 30 percent is recommended.

• Avoid fields where the furrows are full of ice and snow.

• Keep application rates l .....
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Fillmore County to crown Dairy Princess

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Royalty will be held April 6th, 2013 in Preston, MN at St Columban’s Church. The Dairy Princess Coronation and Ambassador Recognition will be held at 1:00pm. The coronation is open to the public and ..... 
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Conservation Practices Tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties If you are interested in water quality, dairy grazing, sediment control structures, and other NRCS, SWCD programs, you will want to attend the Conservation Practices Tour. This ver ..... 
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A gift of another chance

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The rescue of 55 horses, mules and donkeys last November 29 from a property in Beaver Township, Fillmore County has provided the gift of another chance for the survivors. Five died or had to be put down soon after the rescue due to severe health is ..... 
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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 weapon ..... 
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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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