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Crop management tour


Fri, Jun 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota 2010 CROP MANAGEMENT TOUR will be held in Rochester on Thursday, July 8th. Registration is at 8:30 a.m. with the Tour/Program running from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. The plot tour is located at the University of Minnesota Extension Research Site just east of the RCTC main campus, intersection of MN Hwy 14 and County Rd 22 (same as in the past). There is no charge to attend.

Your tour presenters and guides include: Fritz Breitenbach, UM SE IPM Specialist; Lisa Behnken, UM Extension Educator; Ryan Miller, UM Extension Educator; Dave Nicolai, UM Extension Educator; and Jeff Gunsolus, UM Extension Educator. Also assisting will be UM Ag Interns: Kyle Poss, Bo Beyer, Brent Breitenbach, Theresa Twohey, Jolene Kuisle, Kira Stearns, and Molly Kuisle.

The tour stops include Southern Minnesota Corn and Soybean Weed Management Trials - Jeff Gunsolus, Weed Scientist, University of Minnesota Dept of Agronomy & Plant Genetics; Risks of Early Planted Corn - The Good, The Bad and The Ugly (Planted weekly from April 9 - May 4, plus replant on May 19). Frost damage on May 9 and hail damage on May 25; Keeping Herbicides on Target - Spray Nozzle Demonstration, Tank Contamination, Risks of Spray Drift Demonstration - a little goes a long way - Dave Nicolai, University of Minnesota Extension Educator; How do Liberty Link Soybeans fit into Your Weed Management System - Herbicide programs with Ignite 280, comparison of Pre/Post and Post Only Systems; Crown Rust Control in Oats - Year Two; and a chance to view New Herbicides and Herbicide Programs in Corn and Soybeans including Integrity, Capreno, V-10233 (Fierce), OpTill, and more. Field Trials are signed and visitors are welcome to return and view trials during the summer months.

For further information contact the Regional Extension Office at 888-241-4536 or Mary Jane Stearns at 507-536-6310.

USDA Livestock Reforms - Renewed Hope for MN Farmers and Producers?

Tue, Jun 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

MINNEAPOLIS - Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is publishing a new rule which is aimed at leveling the playing field for small livestock and poultry producers. It's promoted as a way to restore market competition and strengthen protect ..... 
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Field Day near Lakefield on July 7 Will Address Agronomic Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations

Mon, Jun 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year, corn is grown after alfalfa on an estimated 250,000 acres in Minnesota. Although this amounts to only 3% of total field corn acreage in the state today, it may represent the path to a more secure future. This is because including alfalfa i ..... 
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Farm Service Agency News

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, c ..... 
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Alfalfa-Corn Field Day

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The field day will be on the Kevin and Chris Borgen farm June 28th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (registration from 12:30-1:00) at the site located ½ mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 11, located east of Chatfield, MN. This is about eight ..... 
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Weather doesn't dampen youth tractor safety training

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Caledonia Ag Instructor Brad Harguth for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Caledonia High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved, I wasn't as able to do quite as much of the prep work for th ..... 
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Local resident particpates in AQHA Horseback Riding Program

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Jamie Solberg of Preston, MN, recently earned an award for logging 2,000.0 hours in the American Quarter Horse Association Horseback Riding Program. The program recognizes and rewards AQHA members for time spent with their American Quarter Horses in ..... 
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Agricultural land linked to homestead

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Agricultural land owned by a family farm corporation, joint farm, venture, limited liability company, or partnership may be linked as homestead to a shareholders agricultural homestead. The deadline for application is July 1, 2010 for 2011 taxes. An ..... 
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Program Helps Landowners Pay For Habitat Projects

Mon, Jun 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

EDGEFIELD, S.C. - Landowners nationwide have the opportunity to recoup costs of habitat improvement on their land through a recently extended federal program. The sign-up period for the Conservation Stewardship Program has been extended through June ..... 
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