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Options for managing your woodland


Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field day would be a perfect opportunity to explore options for your land and learn how a forest stewardship plan may help qualify your woodland for reduced property taxes or financial aid for woodland improvements.

You will learn how to improve wildlife habitat, design recreational trails, produce useful products for the family, generate income, recognize serious pest problems, and protect soil and water resources.

Woodland tours are offered at 9:00 am-12:00 pm and 1:00-4:00pm. You will need to choose one time period. Be prepared to walk 1 ½ - 2 miles on forest trails. Dress for an outdoor experience.

This forest is dominated by oaks, but includes a wide range of species: sugar maple, basswood, green ash, black walnut, boxelder, aspen, and others. There are Norway (red) and white pine plantations of different stand ages. Participants will learn how to improve the quality of timber through pruning and selective thinning as well as how to harvest and regenerate hardwoods and conifers. This woodland occurs along the Root River where riparian buffer considerations are necessary when harvesting. Steep hills are also a consideration for soil and water protection. Deer, turkeys, gray squirrels, furbearers, and various nongame species are the primary wildlife. You can learn about producing shiitake mushrooms, maple syrup, and other products. Emerald ash borer has been found in southeast Minnesota along with several other destructive plants, insects, and diseases. Here is your chance to learn about management options in the face of these problems.

Instructors will include Mel Baughman, UMN Extension; Angela Gupta, UMN Extension; Gary Wyatt, UMN Extension; Dean Current, UMN Department of Forest Resources and CINRAM; Valiree Green or Jim Edgar, MN DNR; Emily Hutchins, MN DNR; Mitch Gilbert, Forestry Consultant; Johnny Micheel, Forestry Consultant; and woodland owners.

Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center is located at 28097 Goodview Drive, Lanesboro, MN 55949 (Meet in Discovery Center Auditorium). The field day is free but advance registration is required at least five days ahead. Register at: http://z.umn.edu/woodsreg or call Kathy at 507-389-6972. For more information about oth .....
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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-Em ..... 
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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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