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June 28 Field Day at Willford Farm near Harmony highlights benefits of no-till


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Bob Joachim, NRCS District Conservationist

A No-Till Field Day held at the Arden and Travis Willford farm southeast of Harmony on June 28th was very well attended with over 50 farmers and resource people in attendance. The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sponsored the event. Guest speakers, a no-till farmer panel, and in-field demonstrations of soil quality highlighted the field day.

Three guest speakers provided information on fertility, seed genetics, and economics as it relates to No-Till. Jim Fasching, soils consultant with Mid-West Labs of Plainview, MN, instructed attendees on the importance of soil amendments and their placement in the No-Till farming system. Of particular concern were pH balance and the need to address the availability of trace elements to enhance the transition to improved soil quality in the no-till environment. Nick Heronimous of Syngenta Seed of Rochester, Minnesota explained the importance of seed selection as it relates to no-till farming and provided some examples of how seed technology has led to improved performance and pest resistance. Finally Gary Thome, economist and instructor at Riverland College in Austin, Minnesota summarized ten years of economic data on no-till vs. conventional tillage. His findings showed a very minimal advantage to conventional tillage (less than $5 per acre), and concluded that these figures did not include long term losses of soil productivity or off-site damage from soil erosion with conventional tillage which can be difficult to quantify.

Travis Willford was joined by Rick Christianson and John Bruihler, in a panel of local no-till farmers discussing their no-till operations. They explained how they made the transition to no-till, and gave advice to operators wanting to make the transition. The consensus of the group was summarized by Travis Willford “that anyone could make the transition to no-till if they want to make the system work.” They all agreed that their economic bottom line was at least as good as conventional tillage, and that the reduction in soil loss, sustained soil productivity, and improvements to overall soil quality were benefits that are very real, but often difficult to quantify in dollars and cents.

Peter Hartman, NRCS soil scientist, conducted water infiltration tests on Willford’s no-till field and on an adjacent co .....
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Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention

Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outsta ..... 
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Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book!

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the pro ..... 
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New hayable buffer program for the south fork of the Root River

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Buffers can be very effective at trapping and controlling sediments, nutrients and pesticides before they enter streams or sinkholes. Streamside buffers comprised of perennial vegetation also reduce stream bank erosio ..... 
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Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lender ..... 
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Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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Plan now to attend driftless region beef conference

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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2013 Winter Crops Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties The 2013 Winter Crops Day will be coming to Caledonia on Wednesday, January 16. This interesting and educational event will be held at the Good Times Restaurant, 118 Bissen Street. Regis ..... 
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Will grid soil sampling work for my livestock farm?

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Randy Pepin, Extension Educator Agriculture Production Systems, Livestock, Crops, Manure University of Minnesota Extension Grid Soil Sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizer ..... 
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