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What should you plant? Corn or forage?


Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

DUBUQUE, IA - Fields are not created equal, or at least that’s what Gene Schriefer, University of Wisconsin Extension Ag Agent for Iowa County, says. Schriefer says that every acre of soil within a field is not created equal but yield maps are a useful tool for determining the best use for specific fields. He will be discussing how to use yield maps for crop planning at a breakout session at the Driftless Region Beef Conference in Dubuque, Iowa, on January 22 & 23, 2015.

“Whether we own or we rent this land, we paid the same amount per acre for it all,” said Schriefer. Yield maps are the first step in determining field by field profitability and best use. “The Driftless Region is land with a lot of character. The rolling landscape, highly bisected hills and valleys creates a diverse mosaic of soils on many of our farms. Yield variation on this land can be quite dramatic.”

Recent high commodity prices supported cropping low productivity acres, but that situation has changed. Crop inputs and land cost are projected to remain high, while crop receipts are expected to be low compared to recent years. High yielding areas of a field may not be able to offset the poor yielding areas enough to maintain profits in the future. Producers need to review field yield maps to determine if they can improve production on this area enough to make this area “pay the bills”.

Schriefer suggests a precision farming approach where some areas of fields are seeded to forage may be more profitable. Rather than adjust inputs in an attempt to increase yield from poorer soils, perhaps there forages may be a better choice for some soils.

Schriefer will discuss this approach to precision farming during a breakout session at the Driftless Region Beef conference on January 22 & 23, 2015, in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference runs from 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 22 through 11:45 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 23. The Thursday afternoon program focuses on improving efficiency and profitability of beef production in the upper Midwest, with an evening discussion focused opportunities to capitalize on the diversity in the beef industry. The Friday morning agenda includes four breakout sessions each for feedlot operations and cow-calf producers.

The early registration fee for the conference is $85 per person and must be received prior to midnight, Jan. 14. The price increases to $115 after that date. More information about t .....
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Farmers can update yield history through Feb. 27, 2015

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

WASHINGTON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency (FSA) Administrator Val Dolcini today offered farmers new information to update program payment yields that will help them better select protections offered by the Agricultural Risk C ..... 
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Northern State Beef Cattle Conference scheduled

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team, in conjunction Animal Science Departments and Extension at South Dakota State University and North Dakota State University, will host the Northern States Beef Conference Jan. 5 & 6, 2015. The Northern States ..... 
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Candidates sought for four commodity councils Barley, Beef, Corn and Soybean Councils

Mon, Dec 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) will conduct a mail ballot election to fill board vacancies of four commodity research and promotion councils. Candidates are selected through mail ballot elections set for March 2015. ..... 
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Alice Winslow receives Farm Bureau Honorary Life Award

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Alice Winslow of Fountain received the Honorary Life Membership Award at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s (MFBF) Bureau’s 96th Annual Meeting. Recognition was given during the Friday night awards banquet on November 21 at the DoubleTree Ho ..... 
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Cattle Feeder Days

Mon, Dec 1st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will hold Cattle Feeder Days December 9 through 11 in Morris, Tracy, Luverne and Rochester, Minn. Beef Team members Dr. Alfredo DiCostanzo and Nicole Kenney Rambo will give presentations on Value of De-Oiled Dis ..... 
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Farmland rental rates for 2015 that work for both parties

By David Bau

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By David Bau Extension Educator, UofM I have completed two of 44 farmland rental workshops with most scheduled for November and December. The budgets for 2015 are ugly using current 2015 forward contract prices offered with both corn and soybean ..... 
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Farmland rental rates for 2015 that work for both parties

By David Bau

Mon, Nov 24th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Extension Educator, UofM I have completed two of 44 farmland rental workshops with most scheduled for November and December. The budgets for 2015 are ugly using current 2015 forward contract prices offered with both corn and soybean budgets in t ..... 
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Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation

Mon, Nov 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board member, Travis Willford, is shown presenting a new 2014 Fillmore County Atlas and Plat Book to Tony Webber, Chief Deputy of Fillmore County, for use by the dispatcher. The SWCD also donated ..... 
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