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Winter grazing update


Thu, Jan 5th, 2012
Posted in Agriculture

Have you started making plans to improve your grazing in 2012? There will be a Winter Grazing Update on Saturday, January 21 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia. A full day is planned, with registration at 9:30 am and the program beginning at 10:00 am.

We will start the day with Dr. James Gray, Ruminant Vet, Spring Grove, his discussion will center on "Herd Health in Preparation for the Upcoming Calving Season". University of Minnesota Extension Meats Specialist Ryan Cox will lead us in a look at "Management of Grass Fed Beef." After short updates from FSA, NRCS, Extension, and GLCA a roast beef lunch will be served.

The afternoon will highlight local grazer Tom Scarponcini's operation. Tom grazes 350 head of beef cows north of Rushford. He will describe how grazing fits the topography of his farm. John Zinn, NRCS Grazing Planner, will complete the afternoon with a discussion on "Taste and Grazing Animals: How they decide what and how much to eat."

No pre-registration is required for the Winter Grazing Update. There will be a $10.00 fee to cover the morning refreshments and noon meal. The Good Times Restaurant is located at 118 Bissen Street, Caledonia, MN.

Sponsors for the event include the GLCA, University of Minnesota Extension, NRCS, and SWCD. For further information contact Jerry Tesmer, Fillmore County Extension Office 507-765-3896, Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807 or e-mail tesme001@umn.edu.




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Is the land rent bubble starting to boil?

Thu, Dec 22nd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Last year, I started out by asking if we were looking at a land rent bubble. A couple of weeks ago I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys, not one landlor ..... 
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Winter Crops Day returns to Caledonia

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a season that included a wet spring, a hot summer, and a dry fall. No one knows what is in store for the 2012 season, but crop management decisions are underway now, and that will be the focus of the ..... 
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Winter Crops Day returns to Caledonia

Fri, Dec 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Ag Producers in southern Minnesota just finished a season that included a wet spring, a hot summer, and a dry fall. No one knows what is in store for the 2012 season, but crop management decisions are underway now, and that will be the focus of the ..... 
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Houston County land rent survey mirrors national trend

Thu, Dec 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Based on the results of the recently completed Houston County Land Rent Survey, the farmland rent trend mirrors the rest of the nation. Participation increased to sixty-eight usable parcel surveys representing 4,935 acres of tillable crop land. I es ..... 
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AgStar Financial Services making changes in Preston

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Preston, Minn.- There's a new look in downtown Preston. The AgStar Financial Services awning has been replaced by a Lookout Ridge Consulting awning. Not to worry, Lookout Ridge Consulting is a division of AgStar that covers tax, accounting, successi ..... 
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2011 Research results available

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The results from a number of University of Minnesota 2011 research trials are becoming available. I have received individual results on MN Corn Hybrid Performance Trials, Corn Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Soybean Response to Micronut ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

Preston, MN - Nov 25, 2011 - Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the U ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer tells his story

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in ..... 
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