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Stand (for) our ground


Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

If there was ever a year to be a worst case scenario for soil erosion, 2013 could be it. The last two years of timely rains and almost ideal conditions for harvest have erased the memories of the rains of 2007 and 2008 which devastated parts of southeast Minnesota. Last year’s dry fall and early harvest left ample time for fall tillage. Then came this year’s wet spring during spring planting and before crop canopy. This is the crop year’s most vulnerable time. Soil erosion has been extreme even in areas where heavy rains have been absent. Scenes like those in the pictures are all too common.

Brian Hazel, Lanesboro farmer and Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation Board Supervisor for over 20 years, says, “This year’s erosion is some of the worst I have ever seen, and the lack of conservation practices has made it worse. Landowners need to drive around the area and observe what’s going on. There are operators that have significantly less erosion than others. Stop and ask what they do to limit erosion.”

Numerous experts everywhere from the University of Minnesota to those worldwide are saying that current farming practices are unsustainable. Different soil types have different rates of tolerable soil loss (T), the rate at which the soil can be lost and still rebuild and maintain productivity. “T” for the most common soils in Fillmore County is five tons/acre/year. This is a barely perceptible amount. The loss of soil the thickness of a dime over an acre is 10 tons, so the average tolerable soil loss is half of that. If gullies and rills are visible, then the soil loss is more than the soil can tolerate to maintain productivity.

Loss of soil productivity is expensive, and in the long term, devastating. The declines of the great civilizations in the world were the result of the soils being depleted so the people could no longer be fed. Loss of soil productivity means that more external inputs are needed to maintain yields. Some of that loss is remedied by seed genetics that result in higher yields. The rest is made up for by increasing fertilizer inputs, which are becoming more and more expensive.

Maintaining eligibility for federal farm programs includes requirements for controlling soil erosion. Tammy Martin, CED for the Fillmore County Farm Service Agency (FSA), reminds producers that to maintain compliance, their farming practices should match what is in their conservation plans .....
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Be Aware of All Requirements When Clearing Trees

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

When clear cutting more than 10,000 square feet of land (or an area equivalent to 100’ x 100’), the Fillmore County Soil Erosion Control Ordinance requires that the Fillmore County Zoning Office is contacted for a permit. Many areas are being cl ..... 
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Luther College hosts Iowa Prairie Conference July 18-20

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

2013 Iowa Prairie Conference features regional experts on prairies and the Driftless Region. DECORAH, Iowa – Luther College will host the 14th Iowa Prairie Conference with the theme “Prairies on the Edge” July 18-20. This is the first time t ..... 
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Lanesboro City Wide WEED UP!

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro The Great Outdoors

Spring has sprung and with it have come the unsightly weeds that threaten to overtake our public green spaces. We need your help to get Lanesboro’s greenery under control! Join fellow volunteers on Monday, June 24 from 6 - 8 pm at the Lanesboro Vi ..... 
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Live Snakes of the Blufflands

Mon, Jun 10th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Live Snakes of the Blufflands 7:00 PM Saturday, June 15 Houston Nature Center Sixteen of Minnesota’s seventeen kinds of snakes, including the timber rattlesnake, live in the Blufflands. Join Sara Grover of Whitewater State Park to learn how ..... 
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Severe Weather Hits SE MN

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, May 31st, 2013
Posted in Fountain The Great Outdoors

On the eve of Wednesday, May 29, severe storms hit Fillmore County. Pictured above is the roof of Drury’s Furniture Warehouse in Fountain, Minn., which was damaged by high winds in the storm. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Severe Weather strikes Spring Valley area

Tue, May 21st, 2013
Posted in Spring Valley The Great Outdoors

For several days the National Weather Service has been predicting strong storms that would be affecting NE Iowa and SE Minnesota and their warnings started on Sunday afternoon. It started out as a Severe Thunderstorm Watch, advanced to a Warning and ..... 
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Are you ready?

Mon, May 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Disasters come in all shapes, sizes, and frequencies and have lasting effects on both people and property. Recent events tell us that floods, tornadoes, chemical spills, and acts of community violence can occur any time and place. If a disaster oc ..... 
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Fossil Trail in Bluff Country!

Wed, May 1st, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

BluffCountryFossils.com, in cooperation with SE MN HBC, has created a “Fossil Trail” in Bluff Country. The new website and fossil adventure blog created by Beverly Sandlin, a fossil enthusiast and substitute teacher in Spring Valley, was created ..... 
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