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Windbreaks: a long-term investment with environmental benefits


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist

In many parts of Fillmore County, the constant force of wind exaggerates weather conditions and makes living in these areas seem unbearable. Cost share is now available to assist landowners in the establishment of a windbreak. A windbreak consists of 3-8 rows of both conifers and deciduous trees which are spaced at 16-24’ apart. A well designed windbreak not only slows the wind and provides snow control, but also conserves energy of livestock along with providing habitat for wildlife. The Fillmore SWCD has an excellent selection of trees that are suitable for windbreaks. If you are interested in a windbreak, please stop in our office in Preston or give us a call at (507)765-3878 ext 3. Remember, a windbreak is a long term investment which will add value to your property and provide a healthier environment for you and future generations.



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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 ..... 
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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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