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Collapsed manure pit creates water safety concerns


By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in Canton Agriculture

A collapsed wall of a manure pit near Canton is the origin for 750,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of manure to have been spilled, potentially contaminating the water supply of local creeks. Photo by Mitchell Walbridge

Late on the evening of Sunday, April 14 a manure spill was reported in Fillmore County near the rural community of Canton. Between 9:00 and 10:00 p.m. the caller had reported that a fractured wall of an above-ground manure pit had collapsed, releasing gallons of manure, which then advanced around 500 to 700 feet down a basin to a road, allowing access to local creeks. Creeks affected by the spill include Donaldson Creek and Wisel Creek. Both eventually lead to the Root River.

The manure pit is reported to be nearly the size of a football field and is capable of holding a capacity of more than two million gallons of manure. The walls on the pit are about eleven feet tall.

While the name of the owner of the manure pit has not been released by the state, Regional Minnesota Pollution Control Agency Public Information Officer Cathy Rofshus stated that the dairy farm has 495 animal units and is capable of milking 300 cows per day. The MPCA estimates anywhere from 750,000 to 1,000,000 gallons of manure escaped the boundaries of the pit. All of the manure did not enter the Root River however. Much of it was recovered by cleanup crews as the PCA has been working with the land owner.

While a collapse is an uncommon occurrence, the odd spring weather poses flooding concerns and has made conditions difficult for farmers to spread manure on fields. Remaining frost in the ground prevents manure and even rain water from sinking into the ground.

The collapsed manure pit is only a couple of years old. It is expected to undergo repairs for continuing future operation. Department of Natural Resources fisheries supervisor Steve Klotz confirmed that a fish kill has not been discovered by field investigators so far; however, staff will be out taking water samples in the future and will continue to monitor the situation for any signs of concern.



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Composting

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator New Year’s Day is long gone, but most likely many of you have found a couple ways to improve one or two of your recycling habits. When we discuss recycling in Fillmore County, we are usually co ..... 
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Conservation or Soil Health

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 19th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties It really isn’t an either or question. While on a Soil Conservation Tour last Saturday, one handout came from the NRCS “Unlock the Secrets in the Soil” a healthy, productive ..... 
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Black Cutworm monitoring project

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A number of years ago, University of Minnesota Extension along with the Research and Outreach Centers had a Black Cutworm Monitoring Project, it was dropped, I suspect for budgetar ..... 
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New Board of Animal Health rules address needs of today

Fri, Apr 12th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, MN - The Minnesota Board of Animal Health today announced that its new rules are now in effect. The Board has been working with livestock groups to adopt rules that allow the Board to control diseases and are sensible for Minnesota farmers ..... 
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What is a normal Spring?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties I think we can all agree last spring, 2012, was not a normal spring. So just what is normal for us? One source of information, from the Minnesota Agricultural Statistics, lists Med ..... 
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Household Hazardous Waste Day

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

LaVerne C. Paulson Recycling Education Coordinator May 7th, the first Tuesday in May, Fillmore County will again be celebrating the ever popular Household Hazardous Waste Day. Before you read any further, make a note of this on your calendar so t ..... 
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Fillmore County 4-H Favorite Food Show held

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Favorite Food Show was held on March 23, 2013 at the Wykoff Community Center. There were 16 participants in this year’s event. Eight of the participants were Cloverbuds (grades K-2): Grace Boelter of the Root River Rabbit ..... 
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Man vs. silo

Fri, Apr 5th, 2013
Posted in Preston Agriculture

By Jason Sethre On the morning of Monday, April 1, 2013, a group of farmers and heavy equipment operators from the area assembled to take down a 600,000 pound silo full of silage and standing over 70 feet tall. Like the days of Stonehenge and the ..... 
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