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Local angus breeders recognized to owning proven bulls


Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Rein Angus Farm, owns one bull, Julie Ann Abrahamson, owns two bulls and Philip Abrahamson, also owns two bulls listed in the 2010 Fall Sire Evaluation Report published by the American Angus Association® in Saint Joseph, Mo. All three breeders are from Lanesboro, MN. Issued in both the spring and fall, the new report features the latest performance information available on 5,871 sires, and is currently accessible at www.angussiresearch.com.

"This report provides both Angus breeders and commercial cattle producers using Angus genetics with accurate, predictable selection tools for improving their herd," says Bill Bowman, American Angus Association chief operating officer (COO) and director of performance programs. Expected Progeny Differences (EPDs) are generated from the performance database of the American Angus Association, which includes information submitted by nearly 9,000 Angus breeders this past year through the Association's Beef Improvement Records (BIR) program.

The Fall 2010 evaluation includes updated research reports for heifer pregnancy and docility. EPDs are listed for growth and maternal traits, as well as carcass traits that integrate performance records from the carcass, ultrasound and DNA databases. Decision-making tools also include $Values, the suite of bio-economic indexes designed to assist commercial producers in simplifying the genetic selection process. In addition, the Fall 2010 Sire Evaluation Report includes updated research reports for docility and heifer pregnancy.

The semi-annual analysis for the Sire Evaluation Report utilizes over 19 million measures used to generate over 55 million EPDs for the Angus breed.

The American Angus Association with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Mo., provides programs and services for nearly 33,000 members nationwide and thousands of commercial producers who use Angus genetics. Go to www.angus.org for more information.

Forest invasive species

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Are you worried about invasive species like buckthorn, emerald ash borer, garlic mustard, and gypsy moth on your property? If so this class is for you. Participants will learn how to identify invasive species of concern in southeast Minnesota. Durin ..... 
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Time to chop corn silage

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



There was a lot of talk at the Houston County Fair about of how fast the crops are maturing this summer. Looking at the latest Crop Weather report from Minnesota Ag News, I see Preston is the farthest ahead of normal of any spot in Minnesota ..... 
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Cover crop project targeting corn and soybean growers

Fri, Aug 27th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

FAIRMONT, Minn. (07/14/2010) - Rural Advantage, in partnership with Practical Farmers of Iowa, is seeking agricultural producers interested in utilizing cover crops. Cost-share dollars are available. Priority will be given to corn, grain and soybean ..... 
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Ash seed for the future

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) has been attacking and killing ash trees in the United States. This insect, originally from Asia, was first found in southeastern Michigan. It has spread to several states, including Houston County in SE Minnesota.
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Corn silage concerns with hail damaged corn

Fri, Aug 20th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Although the areas of recent hail damage were not large and were very scattered, where hail did strike, the damage was severe. The question becomes, "How to best use this corn?" Corn silage is certainly one option.

The hail damage in ..... 
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Badgersett Farm Annual Field Day - Saturday, August 21st; All Day

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Badgersett Research Farm, in SE Minnesota, is holding its 2010 Field Day on Aug. 21st.

Badgersett has been inventing and developing what many say is the most promising of new "alternative and sustainable" crops, for over 30 years - hybrid haze ..... 
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Scouting fields for soybean aphids

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

While many of us were enjoying the Fillmore County Fair, the summer crew from the Extension Regional Office, working with regional crop Extension Educator Lisa Behnken, Ryan Miller, and IPM Specialist Fritz Breitenbach, were out scouting for soybean ..... 
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Markegard is new member of American Angus Association

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Benjamin Markegard of Peterson, Minnesota, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Junior members of the Associatio ..... 
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