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SWCD and TNC partner to offer funding for planting cover crops


Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received funding from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to offer assistance to farmers in the Root River watershed who are interested in seeding cover crops on soybean and corn silage acres. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 before August 10. Funds are limited, so producers are encouraged to get signed up early. Drilling, broadcast seeding or aerial seeding are all eligible for financial assistance. Payment rates are $20/acre for first year participants and $15/acre for second year participants. Producers in Watson Creek watershed between Fountain and Wykoff, Wisel Creek and Upper South Fork Root River watersheds between Harmony and Mabel, and Rush-Pine watershed upstream of Rushford are also eligible for special federal funds for planting cover crops in 2012 and 2013.

Cover crops are grasses, legumes, forbs, or other herbaceous plants established for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes. Winter rye works especially well because it germinates and grows quickly. It also grows late into the fall and early in the spring providing good ground cover during the time when the soil is most vulnerable to erosion following harvest in the fall until planting occurs in the spring. Even after it is tilled or controlled in the spring, the biomass in the roots helps reduce erosion until the crop canopy forms.

Cover crops provide many other benefits besides erosion control. Carbon captured in the plant's biomass and in the soil increases soil organic matter, which promotes water infiltration, increases soil moisture, and enhances root growth and earthworm activity to counteract compaction. Cover crops can reduce fertilizer and pesticide costs by capturing nitrogen, then slowly releasing it as the cover crop decays, and by retaining phosphorus that is attached to the soil. Proper timing of cover crops suppresses weeds and breaks disease cycles. Cover crops can be a great source of supplemental forage that is grazed or harvested. Winter rye that is seeded on corn silage acres can be grazed the following spring, or even in the late fall if growing conditions are ideal. Spring grazing allows more time for forage in permanent pastures to become better established, and late grazing in the fall reduces feed costs and allows permanent pastures to recover before winter. Rye that is allowed to grow in the spring can also be harvested for silage. In eff .....
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Summer Dairy Field Day-July 20 in Altura

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Summer Dairy Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Shadycrest-Holsteins (Scott & Michelle Herber), 18811 County Road 33, right on the southern edge of Altura, MN. Registration begins at 9:00 ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government agency personnel and ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jul 1st, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Crop Reporting Deadline July 15

The annual, timely and accurate reporting of acres for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of benefits for a variety of Farm Service Agency programs. All cropland on the farm mu ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Crop Management Tour - July 7

Fri, Jun 24th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

The Crop Management Tour will provide research-based information for crop producers, crop consultants, agribusiness staff, farm managers, government ag ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Jun 10th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

FSA County Committee Nominations Begin June 15

Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director Tammy Martin, wants to remind farmers and landowners that local Farm Service Agency (FSA) county committee nominations begin on W ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - Duschee Hills Dairy Farm

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Abby Stocker

Got milk? June is officially dairy month, a time for everyone to acknowledge how much they enjoy milk. And cheese. Don't forget yogurt. Or ice cream...dairy products play a big role in keeping stomachs full and happy. If it we ..... 
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June is Dairy Month - A day in the life of a dairy cow

Fri, Jun 3rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

By Nellie the Holstein, as related to Abby Stocker

Mooooo. (That means "howdy" in cow, in case you didn't know.) My name's Nellie, and I'm a dairy cow at Duschee Hills Dairy just outside Lanesboro, Minnesota. I heard June is Dairy Month and d ..... 
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