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Farmers had a field day on September 14


Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Barb Jeffers

A Field Day was held Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, at Simon Farms near Harmony, Minn. from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with owner Josh Simon on hand sharing his experiences with visitors. The Field Day was sponsored by Crop Production Services (CPS) of Harmony, Minn. and Hammell Equipment. Hammell Equipment has four locations including Chatfield, Rushford, Eitzen, and Harmony, Minn.

Eric Hammell of Hammell Equipment stated that the Field Day is “a play day for farmers” because they can see and learn about the newest equipment. Farmers can also drive the new equipment with a specialist giving them the chance to learn techniques and features of the new equipment. All of the equipment and tillage pieces on hand were brand new, giving the farmers examples of what is available to them.

Activities for the Field Day included combine harvesting, and a showcase of tillage equipment, among others. There were also 5 Case IH Representatives on hand to answer any questions the visitors had. The Case IH equipment that was on hand is available at Hammell Equipment locations in Harmony and Chatfield, Minn.

Randy Mayer of CPS said that the Field Day “gives farmers a taste of the new equipment.” Mayer stated that CPS works with farmers to help raise their crops. He further explained “prescription farming” which is used at Simon Farms. CPS considers themselves the “Doctor” writing prescriptions for the corn. Every two and a half acres something different is done as far as fertilizer application. Through satellite technology, the farmer knows how much fertilizer (or other substances such as lime) the acreage requires.

Josh Simon, of Simon Farms, acknowledged that “the technology is expensive, but, there is a return.” Mr. Simon added that getting used to the new technology is challenging at first, like learning anything new, but now the most difficult thing for him is having to use equipment that does not have this technology.

The Field Day was a success with many farmers talking to each other over a tasty lunch and enjoying looking at the new equipment.



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4H at the State Fair

By Austen Whitacre

Fri, Sep 21st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

By Austen Whitacre 4-H is a national organization for youth who want to learn leadership and life skills. The youth that participate can choose a lot of different project areas to be a part of. After talking with Travis Troendle at the state fair ..... 
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Youth safety around the farm: tractors are tools, not toys

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

(ARA) - The warm summer months into the fall harvest season are some of the most beautiful times on the farm. Crops are in full-swing, fruit is abundant and families often make annual trips to local farms and festivals during this time. Whether you ..... 
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Is your ATV a farm machine?

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 14th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties A few weeks ago I started doing research on a topic for this Farm Safety Week column. What struck me was how often ATVs were included in the Agricultural Safety information. For examp ..... 
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Forest Pest First detector workshop in Red Wing

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Minnesota is looking for volunteers to join the hundreds of citizens who already have stepped up to help keep an eye out for new infestations of emerald ash borer and other destructiv ..... 
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Livestock gross margin - dairy insurance

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Many dairy operators are expressing concern today about milk and feed prices and how they will plan ahead to maintain and strengthen their business positions. A common recommendation in risk management states that not only should one be protecting ..... 
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Beef Ambassador team members sought in MN

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Minneapolis, MN- Applications are currently being accepted for the MN Beef Ambassador Team for 2013. The MN Beef Ambassador team provides an opportunity for youth to educate consumers and students about beef nutrition, food safety and stewardship an ..... 
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Final on-farm dairy meeting for 2012

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 24th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

The final on-farm dairy meeting offered by University of Minnesota Extension this summer will be held Thursday, September 20, 9:30am-12:00pm (Winona County) at the Kieffer Farm, Gary & Linda Kieffer, 26234 Cty Rd 33, Utica, MN. The farm is located s ..... 
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Crop production field day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Aug 17th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

A Crop Production Field day will be held on the Lawler Farm on Wednesday, August 29. The University of Minnesota has conducted agronomic research at this location for 25 years. Come and learn about new and existing research activities in southeast Mi ..... 
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