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2010 Minnesota ag statistics


Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



The 2010 Minnesota Ag Statistics is out much earlier this year with the 2009 numbers. Many times in the past, it is the following spring before the information is compiled and published.

In addition to the traditional rankings of Minnesota in many commodity categories compared to other states, Minnesota Ag Statistics has rankings of the 87 counties in crop and livestock production. There is also a large amount of other useful and interesting information available. A couple of items I have not seen in the past include statewide data on organic operations and land rents by county.

Based on 2008 numbers, there are 543 certified organic operations in Minnesota out of the 14,307 nationwide or 4%. On an acre basis there are 122,428 acres out of the 4,077,337 nationwide or 3%. Minnesota ranked fifth in organic acres harvested with California, Wisconsin, Idaho, and New York ahead of Minnesota.

The average price of farmland was up 2.4% for Minnesota, with land in the Southeast District valued at $4,551. The 2009 reported land rent in Houston County was $126 per acre and Fillmore County $149 per acre.

The one item that struck me as a little strange was pasture rent. Fillmore County per acre pasture rent increased from $38.50 per are in 2008 to $50.50 per acre in 2009. At the same time Houston County per acre pasture rent fell from $31.00 in 2008 to $19.50 in 2009. I generally think pricing pasture on a grazing cow/calf pair basis as a more equitable system then the per acre basis.

I also looked back ten years at the 2000 Minnesota Ag Statistics and confirmed some things we knew or suspected. Comparing 1999 numbers to 2009 numbers, Houston County dropped from 155 dairy herds to 100 herds. The mix was 121 Grade A and 34 Grade B dairies; and now Houston County has 88 grade A and 12 grade B dairies. In the same time frame, Fillmore County declined from 250 dairies to 103 dairies; with 159 Grade A dairies and 91 Grade B dairies in 1999 to 78 Grade A dairies and 25 Grade B dairies in 2009.

While the number of dairies and number of cows was declining by 1,000 head, Houston County actually increased milk production from 186,500,000 pounds of milk in 1999 to 194,000,000 pounds milk in 2009. Fillmore County dropped 4,700 cows and had a drop from 272,000,000 pounds milk in 1999 to 219,000,000 pounds milk in 2009.

If you would like to see more on Minnesota Ag Statistics the website is: http://www.nass.usda.gov/St .....
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Do you need LGM/LRP?

Fri, Nov 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Those initials certainly didn't mean much when I first saw them; they stand for Livestock Gross Margin and Livestock Risk Protection Insurance. Livestock Gross Margin Insurance provides protection against the loss of gross margin (market val ..... 
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2010 DCP final payments

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Final DCP payments for 2010 participants have been issued. Producers who received an advance payment will be paid the balance they are due. Those who did not take an advance will be receiving their full payment amount. These payments will be ..... 
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Buckthorn keeps coming back

Fri, Nov 5th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Buckthorn is not the only invasive species we have in southeast Minnesota, but having seen and heard Angela Gupta, University of Minnesota Regional Extension Educator for Forestry, at both the Woodland Advisor-Tree ID class near Caledonia an ..... 
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Leiding sisters recognized in dairy showcase

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

St. Paul, MN -- Haely Leiding of Fillmore County, placed 10th overall in the second year of the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Showcase. Her sister, Kayla Leiding, placed 14th overall in the second year of the Minnesota 4-H Dairy Schowcase. Twenty-five youth w ..... 
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Luther College to compete in Campus Conservation Nationals

Mon, Oct 25th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

DECORAH, Iowa-Luther College will compete in Campus Conservation Nationals, Nov. 1-19, participating in the first real-time, nationwide electricity and water use reduction competition.

Luther students will compete against students from 40 le ..... 
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Minnesota Pork Production Pigs - by the numbers

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota pork producers are part of a progressive and innovative industry. The men and women involved in swine production provide a nutritional protein source to domestic and international markets, and their businesses generate billions of dollars ..... 
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U of M research opportunities

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I have been contacted by three individuals at the University of Minnesota looking for on-farm research sites in southeast Minnesota. If any of the projects described below st ..... 
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Ventilate and take other safety measures to prevent manure pit explosions

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

In several recent incidents in Minnesota and Iowa, explosions or flash fires have occurred in livestock buildings with manure pits. The explosions have, to date, mainly resulted in building damage, with few animal losses and no personal injuries or ..... 
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