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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 soil fertility, based on research taking place in Minnesota. There were approximately 120 participants including Extension Educators, elevator agronomists, seed company, and chemical company representatives. Sometimes the best information is provided by fellow participants.

One of the challenges mentioned was taking research from Missouri or Nebraska and seeing if it is valid for Minnesota. I feel some of the same challenge in taking information from Waseca and trying to determine if it fits the silt-loam soils of Southeast Minnesota.

In the soybean area, one of the most interesting research projects I found was the "kitchen sink" study, presented by Seth Naeve, Soybean Extension and Research Specialist. He felt most farmers had figured out the easy stuff; proper seeding rate, planting good genetics, timing of planting, soil fertility requirements, etc. Now they were trying other things to try to squeeze out that extra bushel or two per acre. The "kitchen sink" study is taking place in several places in several states to try to determine what might have the greatest possible benefit. Things included in the "kitchen sink" include extra fertility, foliar feeding, sugar application, fungicides, and burning with Cobra. This is only a part of the list of things considered.

An interesting comment was made about Cobra by a chemical company representative. He asked why farmers are so concerned about "flashing", where a slight overlap in glyphosate application leaves a yellow band in the field, and others will deliberate burn the soybeans with Cobra hoping to shorten the internodes. In the process, they really make the soybeans field look bad.

In the corn area, Jeff Gunsolus, Extension Weed Specialist, has set up a series of corn/weed trials with Pre/Post and one pass Post herbicides being applied. We were then sent into the plots to determine where the weed control was best and the corn looked the best. I was in the final group that afternoon, and after we finished our rating, he told us 119 out of 120 participants had selected the Pre/Post as the preferred sites.

The question then becomes, if 119 out of 120 select the Pre/Post treatment, why is anyone only doing a Post treatment? .....
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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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Mensink family recognized as a 2011 U of M Farm Family

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

The Craig and Pam Mensink family of Preston has been named Fillmore County's 2011 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota. The Mensink Family will be recognized locally on Thursday, July 21st during 4-H Night at ..... 
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SWCD and TNC partner to offer funding for planting cover crops

Fri, Jul 15th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) has received funding from The Nature Conservancy (TNC) to offer assistance to farmers in the Root River watershed who are interested in seeding cover crops on soybean and corn silage acres. An ..... 
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Summer Dairy Field Day-July 20 in Altura

Fri, Jul 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Summer Dairy Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 20, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Shadycrest-Holsteins (Scott & Michelle Herber), 18811 County Road 33, right on the southern edge of Altura, MN. Registration begins at 9:00 ..... 
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