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Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention


Fri, Jan 18th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Pat and Chris Troendle with Paul Mohr of The Farmer receiving award. Photo submitted

Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outstanding Conservationist Luncheon and Award Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes Outstanding Conservationists from around the state that were nominated by their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Troendles operate Duschee Hills Dairy near Lanesboro with Ben and Darla Taylor, who were unable to attend the ceremony. They were selected by the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) as their 2012 Outstanding Conservationists. The Farmer Magazine supports the awards ceremony with sponsorship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Duschee Hills Dairy LLC was also named an Area winner by the MASWCD and was presented with a plaque recognizing them as the Outstanding Conservationists for the Southeast Area which includes the counties of Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Freeborn, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Rice, Goodhue, and Wabasha.

Duschee Hills Dairy is a fourth-generation farm near Lanesboro. They milk 200 Holstein and Crossbred cows and have 200 young stock. Heifers and dry cows are rotated on 70-80 acres of pasture. They also operate 530 acres of cropland; of which 300 acres has greater than 6 percent slope and nearly 80 acres are in the floodplain. They protect these sensitive areas in their corn-hay rotation with 250 acres of hay in contour strips connected to an extensive network of waterways and buffers. Minimum tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, and integrated pest management ensure that the land will remain productive for future generations. Combined with their commitment to educating the non-ag community about agriculture, they are leaders in the conservation community.

Congratulations to Duschee Hills Dairy!



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Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book!

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the pro ..... 
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New hayable buffer program for the south fork of the Root River

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Buffers can be very effective at trapping and controlling sediments, nutrients and pesticides before they enter streams or sinkholes. Streamside buffers comprised of perennial vegetation also reduce stream bank erosio ..... 
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Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans

Thu, Jan 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lender ..... 
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Plan Now to Attend Driftless Region Beef Conference

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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Plan now to attend driftless region beef conference

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

The Driftless Region Beef Conference will be held on January 31 and February 1, 2013, at the Grand River Convention Center in Dubuque, Iowa. The conference will focus on efficient and economic beef and forage production. The program will begin at 1: ..... 
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2013 Winter Crops Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer Extension Educator Fillmore/Houston Counties The 2013 Winter Crops Day will be coming to Caledonia on Wednesday, January 16. This interesting and educational event will be held at the Good Times Restaurant, 118 Bissen Street. Regis ..... 
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Will grid soil sampling work for my livestock farm?

Fri, Jan 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Randy Pepin, Extension Educator Agriculture Production Systems, Livestock, Crops, Manure University of Minnesota Extension Grid Soil Sampling is rapidly becoming a widely accepted practice for use with precision placement of commercial fertilizer ..... 
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Managing the great super-cycle

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Dec 28th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The economic landscape appears to be crazier than the weather as the Nordic winds flow out of Canada and many of you nestle in for planning in 2013 and beyond. The great supercycle in commodities is now entering its second decade creating unpreceden ..... 
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