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Fall nitrogen applications not recomended in Fillmore County


Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Travis Willford, Harmony

Brian Hazel, Lanesboro

Pamela Mensink, Preston

Tim Gossman, Chatfield

Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley

Fillmore County is among the seven counties in southeastern Minnesota’s karst region where fall application of nitrogen is not recommended by the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA). This recommendation has been in place since 1990 and is based on factors unique to southeastern Minn.

The landscape characteristics due to the karst geology make this area particularly susceptible to ground water contamination. Shallow soils over fractured bedrock allow nitrogen to leach into ground water supplies very easily. Southeastern Minn. also has higher average rainfall which increases the risks of nitrogen leaching.

Once in the underlying limestone aquifers, nitrogen contamination is very difficult and expensive to clean up. Since plants need nitrogen to grow, its use cannot be eliminated, so careful management is key to keeping excess nitrogen out of the ground water.

Ground water is the source for all our drinking water in Fillmore County and in the region. Nitrate, the form of nitrogen found in ground water, is often at concentrations that exceed the drinking water standard of 10 parts per million (ppm) particularly in limestone aquifers closest to the land’s surface. Old, poorly constructed wells are at the greatest risk for having high nitrate water. Babies under 6 months of age and pregnant women should not drink water with nitrate levels over 10 ppm because of the risk of “blue baby syndrome,” which can cause developmental problems for the baby or even death.

Nitrogen lost to ground water is like “money down the drain.” Studies by the MDA and the MN Pollution Control Agency find that the majority of leaching losses occur during the non-cropping season. Fall application puts nitrogen in the soil profile at a time when it is most likely to leach. Ideally, nitrogen applications should be matched to the time when a plant needs the nutrient for growth. This increases yields, increases nitrogen use efficiency (and the resulting cost savings), and decreases the amount of nitrogen leached to ground water. Almost two decades of research by the University of Minnesota has shown that heavy spring rains cause leaching of fall nitrogen applications resulting in nitrogen deficiencies that reduce corn yields .....
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Livestock: Life long passion

By Megan Kiehne

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

By Megan Kiehne Dedication and commitment can lead to great achievement as proven by Ashley Bue, Fillmore County 4-H’er and livestock shower. As soon as Bue was old enough to show beef cattle at the Fillmore County Fair, she was in the arena. Lov ..... 
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Pricing Corn Silage

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Due to the late planting dates and a cooler than normal growing season this year, many corn fields will probably be harvested for silage. There is potential for corn in these field ..... 
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Beginning Hop Grower Workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Join the Minnesota Hop Growers Association (MHGA), University of Minnesota, and Rural Advantage for a day jam-packed with information for the beginning hop grower on Saturday, September 7, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. - 4 p.m. The workshop will be held at th ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Disappointed Labor Charges on Repair of Farm Machinery Sales Tax Not Addressed

Thu, Aug 22nd, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Yesterday, it was announced that the Minnesota legislature will not address the repeal of the sales tax on labor charges on repair of farm machinery during the upcoming special session. “While some farmers have already started to pay this tax si ..... 
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Your Farm’s Conservation Plan: Is It Current? Or Is It a Relic from 1985?

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

From the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Board of Supervisors Travis Willford, Harmony Brian Hazel, Lanesboro Pam Mensink, Preston Tim Gossman, Chatfield Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley The 1985 Food Security Act ( ..... 
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Landscape for Income, Edibles, Energy, Improved Pasture and Ecosystem Services

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 16th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Are you interested in establishing perennial systems in the landscape for edibles, income, pasture, energy and for ecosystem services such as improved water quality and wildlife habitat? University of Minnesota Extension’s Diomy Zamora will pro ..... 
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Extension Field Day Considers Where Your Energy Dollar Goes on the Dairy Farm

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Do you know what consumes the most energy on your dairy farm? Do you know some management techniques and equipment changes that could help lower that energy demand? These are just ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator Company Breaks Ground for Grain Facility Expansion

Fri, Aug 9th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Earlier this month the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company broke ground for an additional 750,000 bushel storage bin at its South Fork location in the Village of Rushford, Minn. Last year Farmers Co-op added a 514,000 bushel storage bin, 4,700 bu ..... 
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