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What is a normal Spring?


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I think we can all agree last spring, 2012, was not a normal spring. So just what is normal for us? One source of information, from the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics, lists Median Frost Dates: Based on Averages from 1948-2005. Another bit of information is the Average Completion Dates for Planting, 2007-2011, for various crops.

The chart below shows the Median Frost dates based on the average date of the last temperature occurrence:

24 degrees F 28 degrees F 32 degrees F



Houston County/Caledonia Apr 13 Apr 23 May 05



Fillmore County/Preston Apr 20 May 05 May 16



I like these because they are very local, and I’m also surprised at the difference between Preston and Caledonia.

Or we can look at the date a certain percentage of planting is completed as shown in the chart below:

Date Planting Completed 2007-2011 in Minnesota: Percent

10% 25% 50% 75% 90%

Corn Apr 22 Apr 26 May 06 May 16 May 22

SoybeansMay 05 May 12 May 19 May 26 Jun 03

Oats Apr 13 Apr 22 May 03 May 11 May 21

Being on the very southern edge of Minnesota, we normally would have a higher percentage planted on the corresponding date than is shown in the Minnesota average.

There are many other reports and data available from the USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). For those with Internet access you can choose from USDA, NASS: www.nass.usda.gov; Minnesota Federal Field Office: www.nass.usda.gov/mn/; or State of Minnesota Department of Agriculture: www.mda.state.mn.us/. NASS also operates an information center, staffed 7:00 am to 4:30 pm Eastern Time, to assist you with accessing reports and data via the Internet or printed copies. Call 1-800-727-9540.



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Household Hazardous Waste Day

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator May 7th, the first Tuesday in May, Fillmore County will again be celebrating the ever popular Household Hazardous Waste Day. Before you read any further, make a note of this on your calendar so t ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Favorite Food Show held

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Favorite Food Show was held on March 23, 2013 at the Wykoff Community Center. There were 16 participants in this year’s event. Eight of the participants were Cloverbuds (grades K-2): Grace Boelter of the Root River Rabbit ..... 
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Man vs. silo

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Jason Sethre On the morning of Monday, April 1, 2013, a group of farmers and heavy equipment operators from the area assembled to take down a 600,000 pound silo full of silage and standing over 70 feet tall. Like the days of Stonehenge and the ..... 
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U.S. Precision Dairy Conference

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties The University of Minnesota invites you to the first U.S. Precision Dairy Conference and Expo! The Precision Dairy Conference 2013 will be held at Mayo Civic Center, Rochester, Min ..... 
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Rapid snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management

Fri, Mar 29th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

St. Paul, Minn. – As a winter of heavy snowfall and freezing rain gives way to warming temperatures, rapid melting and potential for flooding pose challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms in Minnesota. Farmers who ..... 
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Fillmore County to crown Dairy Princess

Thu, Mar 28th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Royalty will be held April 6th, 2013 in Preston, MN at St Columban’s Church. The Dairy Princess Coronation and Ambassador Recognition will be held at 1:00pm. The coronation is open to the public and ..... 
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Conservation Practices Tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties If you are interested in water quality, dairy grazing, sediment control structures, and other NRCS, SWCD programs, you will want to attend the Conservation Practices Tour. This ver ..... 
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A gift of another chance

Fri, Mar 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The rescue of 55 horses, mules and donkeys last November 29 from a property in Beaver Township, Fillmore County has provided the gift of another chance for the survivors. Five died or had to be put down soon after the rescue due to severe health is ..... 
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