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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

With the recent large Emerald Ash Borer infestation on I-90, the two large oriental bittersweet infestations in Red Wing and Winona, and the value of our black walnuts, there should be considerable interest in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors. To learn more and register for the training, check out the website: http://www.myminnesotawoods.umn.edu/forest-pest-first-detector/

The closest training is on February 28 at Altura. The training lasts from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Whitewater State Park, Visitor Center/Park Office.

Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructive invasive pests. These volunteer “first detectors” form part of the state’s early warning system for invasive tree pests, making it more likely that infestations will be found in early stages when they are easier to control.

Registration is now open for Forest Pest First Detector workshops. The one-day workshops will be conducted by experts with the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA), University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The sessions will provide in-depth information on identification of invasive tree pests. After completing the training, participants are qualified to serve as volunteers in the state’s First Detector Program. The role of these first detectors is to serve as public contacts for information about these pests and to help investigate reports of potential infestations. “One key to slowing the spread of invasive pests is to find new infestations quickly,” MDA Plant Protection Director Geir Friisoe said. “Many of the new infestations in Minnesota have been discovered by people like first detectors — informed citizens who know what to look for and who to call when they find something. The more help we have, the better our chances to contain infestations.”

Participants who complete the one-day session will become part of an award winning program. The Minnesota Forest Pest First Detector Program has been recognized by the National Plant Diagnostic Network (NPDN) for its outstanding training of volunteers. The NPDN is an internationally respected consortium of plant diagnostic laboratories from across the United States.
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Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mean ..... 
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Farm family recognition nominations

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Extension Committee is asking your help in identifying potential farm families for recognition by the University of Minnesota. The Farm Family Recognition Program has existed for over two decades and honors farm families from thr ..... 
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Cow/Calf Days

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

The 2012 Minnesota Beef Cow/Calf Day will be held Thursday, February 9 at America's Best Value Inn in Rochester from 5:30 to 9:30 pm. The topics for the evening's agenda are as follows.

"Pasture and Forage Management for Optimal Production." ..... 
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Regional Forage Workshop

Fri, Jan 20th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

"Making Great Silage" and "Silage Additive - When Should You Use Them" will be topics of featured speaker Richard Muck, USDA Dairy Forage Research Center, Madison Wisconsin at the 2012 Tour de Forage to be held Monday, February 6, in Rochester at th ..... 
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AgStar's Fund for Rural America seeks scholarship applications

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Mankato, Minn., (Dec. 13, 2011) - The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is offering $20,000 in scholarships to help students in rural areas continue their education. High school seniors throughou ..... 
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Private pesticide certification workshops

Fri, Jan 6th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Six Private Pesticide Applicator Certification Workshops have been scheduled for Fillmore, Houston, and Winona Counties. If you are one of the 207 in Fillmore County, one of the 70 in Houston County, or one of the 101 in Winona County due for recert ..... 
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Winter grazing update

Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Have you started making plans to improve your grazing in 2012? There will be a Winter Grazing Update on Saturday, January 21 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. A full day is planned, with registration at 9:30 am and the program beginning at ..... 
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Is the land rent bubble starting to boil?

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Last year, I started out by asking if we were looking at a land rent bubble. A couple of weeks ago I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys, not one landlor ..... 
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