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Snake ‘rattles’ awareness in Southeastern Minnesota


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Jul 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge

Southeastern Minnesota’s prize title of ‘bluff country’ is true it’s name in so many ways, consisting of beautiful sloping hillsides, steep scenic cliffs, diverse vegetation and an abundance of wildlife. So many different creatures live among the changing terrain; there is no question that nature can have so much than what meets the common man’s eye.

This is proven by Jeff Eastman and his three dogs’ encounter with at least one timber rattlesnake in rural Houston County after one of his dogs was bit twice.

Timber Rattlesnakes are not new to the neighborhood of southeast Minnesota. According to experts from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, “Historically, timber rattlesnakes occurred in eight southeastern Minnesota counties.” In fact, since 1980 the peripheral range for timber rattlers has included Fillmore, Goodhue, Houston, Olmsted, Wabasha, and Winona Counties.

Timber rattlesnakes are large snakes with heavily scaled bodies, mostly known for their venomous bite. Easily spotted by a timber-like coloration pattern across its dorsal side, a timber rattler commonly appears either yellow, tan, brown, reddish brown, or more infrequently, gray.

The size of the snake varies depending on the geographical region, but the average snake typically measures 31.5 inches to 48 inches. This species of snake also is very tactile when choosing its prey, utilizing a “sit-and-wait” technique to surprise its prey. Prey for a timber rattlesnake most likely includes small mammals, such as mice, moles, chipmunks, squirrels and small rabbits.

Like many other animals in northern climates, timber rattlesnakes have seasonal changes for when they are active. They hibernate during the winter months and are usually active anywhere from mid-April to early October.

So, where can they be spotted? Well, their name gives a pretty good hint. Timber rattlers usually live in forested areas in our corner of the state, especially in “steep, rugged bluff prairies and valleys of the Mississippi River drainage.” Mainly, they thrive in the woodland and grassland habitats.

The DNR has put forth efforts since the 1990’s to track rattlesnake activity in southeastern Minnesota, monitoring den sites with both human observation and cameras, tracking the dwindling population.

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Dairy Night on the Farm a huge success

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Boettcher Dairy was the place to be on June 29, 2013, for anyone who works in the Dairy Industry and also for people who knew little to nothing about dairy farming. Curtis and Cheryle Boettcher and their sons, Chad and Brian, hosted this year’s D ..... 
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Forestry Field Day July 23 Near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 5th, 2013
Posted in Chatfield Agriculture

On July 23r, 2013 the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District, in cooperation with the Zumbro Valley Audubon Society, will be hosting a field day to explore natural features and forestry practices along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. The field d ..... 
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Grass/Alfalfa Field Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Southeast MN Forage Council & the Midwest Forage Association will hold a Summer Field Day on Thursday, July 18 at 5pm at Haz-Broy Farms. Haz-Broy Farms is located at 27919 State Hwy 250, Lanesboro Minn. The plots are one mile north on Hwy 250. ..... 
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Selective buyers vie for high quality farmland

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

OMAHA, Neb. - An accelerated farmland sell-off at the end of 2012 has led to continued low supplies of premium quality property, according to Farmers National Company, the largest farmland and ranchland real estate company in the country. Last year ..... 
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2013 Crop Management Tour

By Jerrold Tesmer

Thu, Jun 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The 2013 Southeast Minnesota Crop Management Tour at the University Center, Rochester will be held on Tuesday, July 9. Registration is at 8:30 with the tour starting at 9 am running until 12:30 pm. The University Center plots are located at the inte ..... 
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Twenty-five Years of Youth Tractor Safety

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

I want to start by thanking Caledonia Ag Instructor Brad Harguth for hosting the Youth Tractor Safety Training at the Caledonia High School this past week. There is a lot of work involved: lining up tractors, arranging facilities, and all the miscel ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Auction Committee

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Eric Ruen, of AgStar, presented the representatives of the Fillmore County 4-H Market Livestock Auction Committee with a check of $3,000 for new equipment. Photo by Megan Kiehne

James Knudsen Enters Cattle at the 2013 National Jr. Angus Show

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Peterson Agriculture

James Knudsen, Peterson, Minn., will exhibit Angus cattle at the 2013 National Junior Angus Show at the American Royal Complex, Kansas City, Mo., July 5-11, reports Robin Ruff, director of junior activities for the American Angus Association®. Ja ..... 
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