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Cool, wet fall poses challenges for land-application of manure


Tue, Dec 8th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

October's cool, wet weather delayed more than the crop harvest. At some livestock farms, full manure basins created anxious moments for farmers awaiting harvested fields so they could land-apply manure. Fortunately, November's warmer, drier weather allowed the harvest and land-application to catch up.

Recognizing Minnesota's unpredictable weather, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) officials are developing advice for livestock producers who deal with the impact of wet weather on manure management.

Each fall after harvest, farmers pump millions of gallons of liquid dairy, beef and hog manure from storage basins and inject them into the soil as fertilizer for next year's crop. When land-applied at proper rates and setbacks from sensitive features, such as open water and drain tile intakes, the manure benefits crop production while minimizing the impact on water resources.

"If livestock producers find themselves in a bind, we really encourage them to seek out our feedlot staff for advice," says Randy Hukriede, an MPCA feedlot program manager. "By working together, we can find the best possible solutions.. County staff, such as feedlot officers, extension and Soil and Water Conservation offices can help, too."

While planning for such situations is essential, many tools are readily available to manage livestock manure during adverse conditions. All suitable measures should be used to avoid overflows of liquid manure storage basins, and to keep surface-applied liquid manure outside the 300-foot setback from sensitive features.

After December 1, feedlot owners with a National Pollutant Discharge Eliminations System (NPDES) permit, who wish to apply liquid manure to frozen soil, must notify their state feedlot program representative. This notice should include an aerial photo that clearly outlines the location of the proposed land-application. It is also important to contact your county regarding any local ordinances. Helpful practices:

• Begin to land-apply immediately on portions of harvested fields that have dried sufficiently.

• Pump manure-storage basins partially and land-apply in spring.

• Look for other available fields belonging to neighboring farmers, or other approved manure-storage space.

• For better access to wet fields, fill tankers to less than capacity.

• Reduce the impact of manure applied to the .....
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The EAB quarantine has not gone away

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) was discovered near Houston County earlier this year. At that time there was a tremendous amount of publicity, and a state quarantine that restricts the movement of firewood, ash trees, and ash tree products was implemented. ..... 
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Biel elected delegate to NFUC

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Eunice Biel of Harmony was elected to represent Minnesota Farmers Union (MFU) at the National Convention in Rapid City, SD, March 14-16. There are four districts in the state, and Eunice will be representing the Southeast section of Minnesota. She w ..... 
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Scholarships for Midwest Ag Conference

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering three scholarships to attend the Midwest Value Added Agriculture Conference and Wisconsin Local Food Summit in Eau Claire, Wisconsin, January 21-22, 2010. The scholarships include ..... 
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PQA Plus and TQA trainings offered in Preston on December 14

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Pork producers and livestock transporters can earn their individual certifications for Pork Quality Assurance Plus (PQA Plus) and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) at free trainings in Preston.

The PQA Plus and TQA trainings will be on Decem ..... 
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Farm service agency news - December 7

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Marketing Assistance Loans

Marketing Assistance loans are commodity loans available to producers who share in the risk of producing the crop. To be eligible, you must maintain beneficial interest in the crop through the time of application. Be ..... 
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Tested hay sale is in its thirty-first year

Fri, Dec 4th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County Forage and Grassland Council has completed planning for its thirty-first year of sponsoring a quality tested hay sale. With the run-up and recent drop in other feed prices it will be very interesting to see what is happening in th ..... 
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Logistical issues with propane gas for area farmers, suppliers

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

A person doesn't have to be very old to look back on life and remember defining moments in time. For one generation it might be the Armistice Day storm of 1940 quickly followed by Pearl Harbor in 1941. Years later another generation will never forge ..... 
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Beef educational opportunities this winter

Fri, Nov 27th, 2009
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle Feeder Days will be held at the following locations: Morris (Dec. 7) - 9:30-1:30 pm; Luverne (Dec. 8) - 6:00 -9:00 pm; Slayton (Dec. 9) - 9:30-1:30 pm; Lamberton (Dec. 10) - 9:30-1:30pm and Rochester - 6:00-9:00 pm. Registration will start 30 ..... 
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