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Midwest beef advantages


By Jerrold Tesmer

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Conference to Focus on Midwestern Beef Advantages. Midwestern farmers are continually challenged by the need to feed a growing world while protecting and conserving our natural resources. However, the Midwest has an advantage compared to other regions of the United States due to our good soils, adequate rainfall, and intensive animal production systems. Livestock manure not only provides nutrients for crop production, but also helps to improve soil quality.

The most overlooked value of manure is its ability to improve soil bulk density, aggregation, organic matter, and biological activity. “The increase in soil microbial activity provides the foundation for the increase in organic matter in the soil,” says Dr. Jerry Hatfield, Director of the Laboratory for Agriculture and the Environment at ISU. “Organic matter increases are necessary for any improvement in soil quality and continual soil biological activity is needed as the sustaining factor in providing the mechanism for incorporating manure into a valuable soil resource.“

Hatfield’s team used on-farm evaluations of manure management to demonstrate that the combination of reducing tillage by utilizing strip tillage systems as a method of incorporating liquid manure greatly improved soil quality. The increased aggregate stability increases the infiltration rate of rainfall into the soil and also decreases the potential for soil erosion.

The value of manure cannot be overlooked and Midwestern agricultural systems have the potential to become more efficient in the utilization of the natural resources, e.g., water, nutrients, and light, with the incorporation of manure as part of the management system. Improvement of soil quality provides the foundation for enhanced crop production and resilience to climate variability.

Hatfield’s project will be featured at the upcoming Driftless Region Beef conference January 30 and 31, 2014, in Dubuque, Iowa. Several of the speakers will focus on the competitive advantage of integrating beef production and cropping systems in the upper Midwest.

The conference will begin at 1 p.m. on January 30 and continue through 11:45 a.m. on January 31. Thursday’s afternoon program will focus on the competitive advantage of grain and beef production systems, with an evening discussion focused on extending the grazing season with cover crops and annuals. Friday morning’s program includes three .....
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Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP)

Thu, Dec 26th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Environmental Quality Incentives Program (EQIP) offers cost share and incentive payments for landowners and producers adopting new conservation practices in their operations. The first 2014 scoring period will occur in December 2013 and rankings ..... 
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Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP)

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP) encourages agricultural and forestry producers to maintain existing conservation activities and adopt additional ones on their operations. CSP is a voluntary conservation program that provides financial and ..... 
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2014 agriculture outlook meeting

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Iowa State University Extension will host an Agriculture Outlook Seminar in Cresco on Tuesday, January 14 starting at 11 a.m. The site is the Expo Center on the Howard County Fairgrounds at 220 7th St W, Cresco. The seminar is designed to provide a ..... 
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Winslow wins Minnesota Farm Bureau collegiate discussion meet

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation hosted the ninth annual Minnesota Collegiate Discussion Meet. The competition was held Thursday, November 15 on the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities campus. Six undergraduate students from the University of ..... 
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Winter crops day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 13th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a very challenging cropping season in 2013. We don’t know what is in store for the 2014 season, but crop management decisions are being made now and that will be the focus of the University of Minne ..... 
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Driftless region beef conference features new UM faculty

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 6th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Two new beef specialists from the University of Minnesota will be featured at the upcoming Driftless Region Beef Conference, January 30-31, 2014, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. Eric Mousel received his B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. f ..... 
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Agriculture commissioner leads international feed mission

Mon, Dec 2nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota’s farmers not only provide for their neighbors here at home, but also around the world. The importance of international relationships in agriculture is the highlight of a third trip to Southeast Asia in recent years. ..... 
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“Stress” less with good stockmanship

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Nov 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Moving and handling 1,400-pound animals is not a job for everyone – it is however, one that dairy farmers do every day. Across the Midwest large dairy cattle are moved to and from the parlor several times each day. Livestock related injuries accou ..... 
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