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SWCD offers financial assistance for planting cover crops


Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering assistance to farmers interested in seeding cover crops on soybean and corn silage acres. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 as soon as possible. Drilling, broadcast seeding or aerial seeding are all eligible for financial assistance. Payment rates vary from $20/acre to $32/acre depending on the seeding method and source of funding. Special funding is being provided for this and other practices for producers in three Root River watersheds: Watson Creek watershed between Fountain and Wykoff, Wisel and Upper South Fork Root River watersheds between Harmony and Mabel, and Rush-Pine watershed upstream of Rushford.

Cover crops are grasses, legumes, forbs, or other herbaceous plants established for seasonal cover and other conservation purposes. Winter rye works especially well because it germinates and grows quickly. It also grows late into the fall and early in the spring, providing good ground cover during the time when the soil is most vulnerable to erosion following harvest in the fall until planting occurs in the spring. Even after it is tilled or controlled in the spring, the biomass in the roots helps reduce erosion until the crop canopy forms.

Cover crops provide many other benefits besides erosion control. Carbon captured in the plants' biomass and in the soil increases soil organic matter, which promotes water infiltration, increases soil moisture, and enhances root growth and earthworm activity to counteract compaction. Cover crops can reduce fertilizer and pesticide costs by capturing nitrogen, then slowly releasing it as the cover crop decays, and by retaining phosphorus that is attached to the soil. Proper timing of cover crops suppresses weeds and breaks disease cycles. Cover crops can be a great source of supplemental forage that is grazed or harvested. Winter rye that is seeded on corn silage acres can be grazed the following spring, or even in the late fall if growing conditions are ideal. Spring grazing allows more time for forage in permanent pastures to become better established, and late grazing in the fall reduces feed costs and allows permanent pastures to recover before winter. Rye that is allowed to grow in the spring can also be harvested for silage. In effect, cover crops "harvest more sunshine" and increase the productivity of the land.




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Farm service agency news

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

USDA Announces

Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will began on August 2, 2010 and continues through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Join Farm Bureau Members at AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Florida

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Join Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R Leadership Conference, February 4-8, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.



This interactive conference brings together 800 young ..... 
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Come visit with Minnesota Farmers Union at Farmfest

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL (July 29, 2010) - It is that time of the year again when farmers, ranchers and over 40,000 attendees converge at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls for Farmfest. This year Farmfest will be held August 3-5, and over 500 organizations and ..... 
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Red, White and You conference

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Three young people from Fillmore County recently attended the 2010 Red, White and You Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation with support from the CHS Foundation. The conference was held at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, ..... 
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Blueberries are busting out all over

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's blueberry picking season is ramping up as farms in the Twin Cities metro area and in central Minnesota are ready for customers.



If you live in the northeast Twin Cities Metro area, you're especially luck ..... 
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Dairy SCC Field Day-July 28 in Houston County

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A U of M Dairy SCC Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Udder Valley Dairy (Peter & Teri Rosendahl), Spring Grove. Directions: From west end of Spring Grove at the intersection of MN Hwy 44 and Co. Rd 4, drive south ..... 
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Farm Service Agency news

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The annual requirement of reporting to the FSA office can be referred to as crop reporting, acreage reporting, or crop certification. Filing an accurate and timely report for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent loss of ben ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau Comments on 2012 Farm Bill

Wed, Jul 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Today, Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) President Kevin Paap served as a panel member at a Farm Bill Forum hosted by U.S. House Agriculture Committee Chairman Collin Peterson (D-MN) and Representative Earl Pomeroy (D-ND) in Amenia, ND.

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