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Farm Safety Day Camp VI


By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The sixth joint Fillmore/Houston County fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp is being held on Tuesday, May 15 at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds. The event has 485 students registered, representing all fifteen schools in the two counties.

During the day, they will hear presentations on basic first aid, fire extinguishers, calling 911 and using seat belts, lawn mower safety, ATV safety, tractor rollovers, livestock safety, general farm safety, danger of grain drowning, sun safety, electrical safety, and PTO safety. MedLink Air from Gundersen Lutheran working with the Mabel Ambulance Crew is scheduled to be present in the afternoon.

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are serving lunch to nearly 600 people, in addition to the fourth grade students; there are teachers, volunteer presenters, and FFA members. The lunch includes hamburgers, white and chocolate milk provided by the Fillmore County ADA, Houston DHIA, Fillmore County DHIA, and Houston County ADA; the Rushford, Preston, and Harmony IGA’s are providing chips, with bananas coming from Kwik Trip.

The Mabel-Canton, Spring Grove, Fillmore Central, Rushford-Peterson, and Caledonia FFA’s will serve as group leaders, assist presenters, do presentations, and provide many other valuable services. Each student will receive two farm safety books to take home. Generation X Construction and the Lanesboro Sales Commission help fund t-shirts for each student and FFA member assisting.

Generous financial support comes from many area businesses and organizations; From Caledonia: SNO PAC Foods, Danielson Insurance Agency, Inc., Portland Prairie Embryo Services, Caledonia Haulers, Inc., Miken Sports, Loveless-Eikens American Legion Post 191, Caledonia Implement Co., and Farm Bureau Insurance-Audre Myrah. From Eitzen: Hammell Equipment Inc., Eitzen State Bank, Staggemeyer Insurance, and Wagner Insurance. From Canton: First Southeast Bank. From Chatfield: Chosen Valley Veterinary Clinic, and Manahan Machine Shop. From Fountain: First State Bank of Fountain, Fountain Building Center Inc., and K & R Equipment. From Harmony: First Southeast Bank, Hammell Equipment, Inc., Harmony Repair Service, Gundersen Lutheran Harmony Clinic, Ironside Trailer Sales & Service, Solberg Welding inc., Morem Electric, Inc., and Bluff Country Computer Works. From Houston: Eastwood Bank, Ace Telephone Association, and Mound Prairie Mutual Insurance Company. From Lanesboro: S & A Petroleum Bulk P .....
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FFA Chapters honored for Agricultural Literacy at State FFA Convention

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Nineteen FFA chapters from across the state were recognized at the first general session of the 83rd Minnesota FFA Convention at the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities for their efforts to increase agricultural literacy in their communities. FFA ..... 
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What does it take to earn a living on the farm?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Each year when the adult farm management data becomes available, Gary A. Hachfeld, Extension Educator for Ag Business Management, University of Minnesota Extension, updates the statistics. It is designed to let non-farm (and some farm) folks know wh ..... 
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Is hay starting a comeback?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Apr 23rd, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

In all the excitement about the large acreages of corn in the Prospective Planting Report on March 30, a small item that is important to Southeast Minnesota may have been largely ignored. Producers intend to harvest 57.3 million acres of all hay in ..... 
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Early season pasture thistle control

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 26th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

When the grass started greening up, it also meant other less welcome plants will soon be appearing. Normally, early May is excellent for early season pasture weed control, but if this weather trend continues, consider moving the timing up. Plants th ..... 
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Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

If you are interested in developing a Food Safety Plan for your farm, a Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) workshop will be held on Thursday, April 5 from 1-6 pm at the Winona County Office Building in Winona, Minnesota. The cost of the workshop is ..... 
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As possible drought looms, Commissioners Rothman and Frederickson urge farmers to review crop insurance needs

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN – In light of current drought conditions, Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Commerce Commissioner Mike Rothman today issued a consumer alert encouraging Minnesota farmers to consider purchasing crop insurance ahead of thi ..... 
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Minnesota seeks lookouts for invasive pests

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

With the recent large Emerald Ash Borer infestation on I-90, the two large oriental bittersweet infestations in Red Wing and Winona, and the value of our black walnuts, there should be considerable interest in becoming Forest Pest First Detectors. T ..... 
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Fertilizing grass pastures

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mean ..... 
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