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SWCD commentary: Matching machinery size to the landscape


Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Brian Hazel, Lanesboro

Tim Gossman, Chatfield

Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley

Pamela Mensink, Preston

Travis Willford, Harmony

An article recently published by the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) in Iowa speaks to problems seen in Fillmore County where large equipment is being used to farm steep slopes. On these steeper slopes, it is necessary to match machinery size to the landscape in order to maintain traditional conservation practices. Large, wide equipment is difficult to maneuver around grassed waterways and terraces, so oftentimes these conservation practices are reduced or eliminated in places where they are most needed.

Dr. Mark Hanna, Extension Agricultural Engineer at Iowa State University, says farmers need to consider what is best long-term for the land they farm. “In sloping areas that benefit from contouring, it is often not practical to use wide equipment used in flatter areas,” he said. “Tighter turns nearer the top of slopes can minimize the capacity effects of equipment that is too wide.” Although 24- or 48-row planters may be useful in the flatlands of south central and southwestern Minnesota, they aren’t a good choice for southeastern Minnesota. The maximum width that can be used on most steep slopes is 12- or 16-row planters in order to maintain conservation practices. Older terraces only have about 90 feet of farmable space between them making them difficult to maintain using larger equipment.

Since the Dust Bowl of the 1930s, farmers have been planting crops along the contour instead of up and down slopes and implementing other conservation measures on their farms to help reduce the risk of soil erosion and prevent crops from washing away. However, as farmers work more acres and change to larger equipment to improve efficiencies, conservation practices, such as grassed waterways and terraces, are perceived as production obstacles rather than necessary tools to protect their soil’s long-term productivity and sustainability. Attempts to compensate for this by running up and down along the waterways to avoid spraying them with herbicides can cause tire tracks that will wash any time it rains. Lack of adequate headlands (60 feet or more) needed for turning around larger equipment to stay on the contour leads to 24 or 48 rows being planted up and down the slopes at the field edges.

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Logic of the left: Examining the mindset of ultra liberals

By Jeff Erding

Fri, May 9th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

“Only in America would people who want to balance the federal budget and follow the Constitution be demonized and labeled as “radicals” and “conservative wing-nuts!” “Quote from my friend Kerry, a businessman from British Columbia, Canad ..... 
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One Moment, Please... More than a bunch of garbage

Mon, May 5th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

By Jason Sethre Publisher Fillmore County Journal Cell: 507-251-5297 jason@fillmorecountyjournal.com This past Saturday, April 26, the Preston Area Chamber of Commerce, Preston Lion’s Club and City of Preston hosted the first annual “Prest ..... 
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Nation of laws

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

We are a nation of laws including federal, state and local laws. The laws are interpreted by the courts, created or repealed by elected legislators, signed into law by the executive official, and enforced by a variety of law enforcement agencies. T ..... 
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The Justices and the Scramble for Cash

By Lee Hamilton

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Many trends in American politics and government today make me worry about the health of our representative democracy. These include the decline of Congress as a powerful, coequal branch of government, the accumulation of power in the presidency, and ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Peterson Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Village Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Homeowners see reduction in school taxes

Fri, May 2nd, 2014
Posted in Rushford Commentary

Homeowners of the Rushford-Peterson School District should find a pleasant surprise when they open their 2014 Property Tax Statements. They will see a reduction in school taxes due to equalization enacted by the legislature last year. A homeowner wit ..... 
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Unemployment and Nobamacare

By Col. Stan Gudmundson

Fri, Apr 25th, 2014
Posted in All Commentary

Democrats have held the White House and the Senate for upwards of five years. After all that time the jobless rate, “defined as a person who does not have a job, but is actively looking for one” is 6.7 percent. On the other hand if the unemploy ..... 
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