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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 is appreciated to guarantee coffee and a roll: contact Caroline van Schaik at 507-523-3366 or caroline@landstewardshipproject.org. Willford’s farm is located at 33568 County 30 at the southern edge of Fillmore County.

Willford, a member of the Fillmore County Soil and Water Resources District Board of Directors, will talk about his use of winter rye as a cover crop planted after soybeans and prior to corn. This is his second year working with a cover crop. Participants will take a look at the rye in the field, and hear how it can be killed under tillage and no-till conditions, with and without the use of chemicals.

Other topics to be addressed include the relation between cover crops and healthy soil, other cover crops that work well in the region, and cultural practices necessary for success in integrating cover crops into a field rotation.

The Land Stewardship Project (LSP) and Fillmore County Soil and Water Resources District (SWCD) are organizing this free event in partnership with The Nature Conservancy. Funding is provided in part by grants from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and Winrock International.

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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Local Resident Meets With Secretary Vilsack, Governor Dayton and other Minnesota Farmers Union Members

Fri, Feb 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) member and local resident Eunie Biel of Harmony, MN, was invited to attend a meeting with Tom Vilsack, secretary, United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), and Governor Mark Dayton. This meeting wa ..... 
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USDA Announces 45th General Sign-Up for the Conservation Reserve Program

Wed, Feb 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS, Feb. 16, 2013-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced at the National Pheasant Fest and Quail Classic that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) will conduct a four-week general sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program ..... 
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Katelyn Ristau competing for 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen

Tue, Feb 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Katelyn Ristau, daughter of David and Deb Ristau of Preston, will be competing for the 2013 Minnesota Simmental Queen. The crowning of the 2013 Simmental Queen will take place in Rochester on February 22 at the 40th Annual Minnesota Simmental Associa ..... 
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Fillmore County appoints new members to the Extension Committee

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

More than 1,000 engaged Minnesotans serve on 87 County Extension Committees, regional and program advisory committees, and Extension’s Statewide Citizen’s Advisory Committee. The Fillmore County Commissioners recently appointed Don Bergey as a ..... 
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Fillmore County Farm Bureau Commemorates Food Awareness Month

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore County Farm Bureau is celebrating February as Food Awareness Month. Food Awareness Month was created to bring awareness to all things food- from the farmers who grow and raise our food, to food safety and availability. “Farm Bureau’s ..... 
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The Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting

Fri, Feb 15th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) recently held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Council of County Presidents meeting on February 5 at the University Club in St. Paul with 120 Farm Bureau leaders, elected and appointed officials in attendance. Cou ..... 
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2013 Farm to Cafeteria workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 8th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

A series of Regional Farm to Cafeteria workshops have been planned around the state to strengthen relationships between growers and institutional buyers. The Southeast Minnesota workshop will be held March 7, from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the Ramada Hote ..... 
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