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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 in crop rotations is useful for reducing soil erosion, enhancing soil tilth and carbon storage, reducing weed seedbanks, disrupting the life cycles of disease and insect pests of corn, and supplying nitrogen to subsequent crops.



Current on-farm research being conducted by the University of Minnesota and the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS) that is funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council, and the Minnesota Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council is investigating agronomic management practices that increase the productivity, profitability, and sustainability of alfalfa-corn rotations. This year, there are eleven on-farm research sites across the state. Results from this research and related research projects will be presented at an on-farm field day near Lakefield, MN on July 7.



This field day is free and open to the public. Refreshments and informational packets will be provided. Registration begins at 12:30 p.m., with presentations and a plot tour from 1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Presentations will include:

· Potassium Management for Alfalfa by Matt Yost, Graduate Research Assistant;

· Conservation Tillage Considerations by Liz Stahl, Extension Educator;

· Corn Agronomics to Optimize Production and Reduce Risk by Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist;

· Starter Fertilizer Management for Corn by Dan Kaiser, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist;

· Cover Crops in Southern Minnesota by Jill Sackett, Extension Educator;

· On-Farm Experience with Alfalfa-Corn Rotations by Jerry and Nancy Ackermann, Growers;

· Nitrogen Cycling in Alfalfa-Corn Rotations and Plot Tour by Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS Soil Scientist.



This field day will be located at 39750 820th Street, Lakefield, MN. From Lakefield, MN, this is 5.3 miles west on Co. Hwy. 14 or 820th Street. From Heron Lake, MN, this is 8 miles south on Co. Hwy. 9, then 1.6 miles east on Co. Hwy. 14 or 820th Street. From Brewster, MN, this is 2 miles south on 10th Street or Zeh Ave., then 8.6 miles east on Co. Hwy. 14 or 820th Street. From Worthington, MN, this is 13. .....
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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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Fillmore County Day Camp 2010

Fri, Jun 11th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

READY, SET, JUMP! into day camp this summer with Fillmore County 4-H. We will be doing some high energy activities like GPS competitions, outdoor sports, health and growing your own food. The camps will be at the following locations:

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"Wheat Day" Walk-n-Talk on June 23rd

Tue, Jun 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Kilkenny, Minn. (06/08/2010) - University of Minnesota Extension, Rural Advantage, and Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group invite all interested parties to attend a field day focused on wheat and other small grains. Wheat Day will be held June 23, ..... 
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