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2nd Ag in Motion trip = Huge Success!


Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Several Fillmore Central students joined others from Southern Minnesota on a charter bus June 20-24 taking part in the 2nd annual Ag In Motion Class. 26 students from 8 schools took part in this trip from the following school districts: Glenville-Emmons, LeRoy-Ostrander, Fillmore Central, Madelia, Albert Lea, NRHEG (New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva), Lanesboro and Blooming Prairie. The three main instructors for the program were Angie James (G-E), Tiffany Timm (L-O) and Lisa Sackreiter (FC).

This trip was made possible in part by a grant from Pioneer. The purpose behind the Ag In Motion class concept is that Southern Minnesota high school students would engage in close-up, hands-on learning while traveling the state of Wisconsin. The multitude of agriculture and natural resources varied from the day-to-day operations found in Southern Minnesota.

Each student earned a ½ credit. The students not only took in the sights and sounds of Wisconsin, but they also had daily assignments to complete at the site they visited/toured or on their laptops utilizing websites. The students also blogged each day on the following website: www.aginmotion.wikispaces.com

Monday

The first stop on the Traveling Ag class was the Cranberry Discovery Center and Wetherby bogs in Warrens, WI. We participated in a taste-testing of dried cranberries and cranberry juice. The group toured the Discovery Center; learning about domesticating, growing, processing, and marketing of cranberries. We traveled to the Wetherby bogs where the van Wychen family grows cranberries. We saw a bog recently planted and a couple of established bogs as well. Wetherbys specialize in fresh cranberries and we saw the machinery they use to process the fresh berries.

Our second stop on Monday was ABS Genetics in Deforest, WI. Our tour guide told us that ABS raises their own bulls. They do collection, analyzing and semen sorting onsite and had sites and service technicians around the world. He showed the barns where the bulls are housed and the collection arena. We also surveyed the young stock in the rearing barns.

Tuesday

Mrs. Timm's brother Michael Boettcher is the field manager for the Milwaukee Brewers' Miller Park. He and his boss gave us a tour of the grounds, showing us the landscape and the field. The field has a base of sand for good drainage. The grass on the field is Kentucky Bluegrass that was trucked in from Colorado. The grass is .....
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FFA swine proficiency finalist, Molly Frank, part of pork tour

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Regional FFA Swine Proficiency finalists took part in a Minnesota Pork Board hosted Swine Industry Study tour earlier this summer. The tour stops included Newport Laboratories, Worthington; Chandler Feed and Grain, Chandler; Pipestone Systems, Pipes ..... 
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Corn tasseling triggers thoughts of harvest

Fri, Aug 26th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

It has become pretty much a standard that during the Fillmore County Fair we see corn tasselling. By the time we reach the Houston County Fair, serious thoughts have turned to corn silage harvest. Over the years, I have quoted Joe Lauer, Corn Agron ..... 
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Crop field school

Fri, Aug 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week I spent two days at a Crop Field School at the Southern Research and Outreach Center near Waseca. It was a great refresher course covering weeds, insects, and so ..... 
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Organic certification cost share program now accepting applications

Tue, Aug 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota organic farmers and processors can now apply for a rebate of up to 75 percent of the cost of organic certification. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting applications for the Minnesota Organic Cost Sha ..... 
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Alfalfa/corn growers needed for on-farm nitrogen management study

Mon, Aug 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter, Research Assistant Matt Yost, and USDA-ARS Researcher Michael Russelle are looking for plot sites for a On-Farm Nitr ..... 
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Forestry field day August 16 near Chatfield

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

On August 16, 2011, the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District will be hosting a field day to explore forestry practices and features along the Lost Creek Hiking Trail. Those attending the field day will see various forestry practices and hav ..... 
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Grazing on a Large Scale

Fri, Jul 29th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Have you questioned if grazing and in particularly rotation grazing can be successful on a large scale? Many of the examples given have been for small and medium-sized operations. Perhaps there ..... 
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USDA provides assistance for recent high temperature livestock losses

Fri, Jul 22nd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

SAINT PAUL, MINN., July 20, 2011 - Livestock producers who incur eligible livestock death losses due to the recent extreme temperatures and other adverse weather events may be eligible for the USDA Farm Service Agency's (FSA) Livestock Indemnity Pro ..... 
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