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Consider pros, cons, timing of ground rolling in soybean production


Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The idea of using land rollers is somewhat novel to row-crop farmers, but alfalfa producers have been rolling fields for decades. Ground roller equipment sales have increased substantially in the past five years, with soybean producers as a major new customer.

To answer the question, "When is the best time to roll soybeans?" Doug Holen, crops educator, University of Minnesota Extension, carried out a three-year (2008-2010) research project with grant funding from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

He found that, while the rollers were designed to push rocks back into the ground, they were being used for many other reasons and in fields with little to no rocks. Some purposes included: residue breakdown, field leveling, managing corn root balls, and decreasing operator fatigue by improving crop harvestability.

The research took place at 11 locations across western Minnesota over three growing seasons, and included multiple styles of land rollers. The rolling treatments consisted of 1.) Pre-plant, 2.) Post-plant, 3.) 50-percent emergence, 4.) First trifoliate stage, 5.) Third trifoliate, and 6.) No rolling.

Following the treatments, they collected data on residue decomposition, plant population, percent plant damage, seed protein, oil, moisture, test weight and yield.

No significant differences for plant populations, seed oil, protein, moisture, or test weight were found. Surprisingly, they did not find significant yield differences based on timing of treatments for each year of combined locations.

They did document significantly more plant damage with the third-trifoliate treatment in two of the four sites in 2010 but did not see yield consequences. With good conditions, rolling can be done out to the third-trifoliate stage. Rolling at or after the third-trifoliate stage cannot be recommended.

If the field is subject to erosion, the best time for rolling is pre-plant or post-emergence. The easiest time and most common for farmers is immediately after planting. However, if conditions don't allow, a producer could roll post-emergence with careful attention to conditions and temperatures.

They uncovered no yield advantage or disadvantage with this study, but certain conditions have potential to hurt yield.

Advantages for rolling include :harvestability, operator ease, residue control/breakdown, and cleaner seed at harvest.

Disadvantages include: the time a .....
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Extension Notes

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Caledonia Area Community Education and Houston County Master Gardeners would like to invite all current or interested gardeners to attend the first ever "Growing Green" Gardening Workshop on April 2, 2011. The day is centered on growing and ..... 
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Getting efficient with nitrogen fertilizer

Fri, Feb 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston counties

Fertilizer cost has gone from the fifth highest expense to the highest expense in the last five years! Based on the Wisconsin "PEPS" Program for corn s ..... 
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Winslow attends promotion and education conference in Duluth

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jean Winslow, of Fillmore County Farm Bureau, joined nearly 100 Farm Bureau members from Minnesota at the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Promotion and Education (P&E) Conference January 28-29 at the Holiday Inn in Duluth, Minnesota.

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Feedlot Korner Manure and air quality events

Sat, Feb 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Value Of Manure Workshop

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

1:00 pm-4:00 pm

Rushford Village Hall

Rushford, MN

This "Value of Manure" education workshop is a three-hour event where crop and livestock producers will learn th ..... 
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Manure Value Workshop

Fri, Feb 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



A Manure Value Workshop has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 2nd, at the Rushford Village Hall. The session will be from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Extension Educator Jose Hernandez will lead the workshops with assistance from the works ..... 
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Local professionals explore medicinal herbs and farm raised meat

Fri, Jan 28th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Lanesboro, MN - January 18, 2011 - Lanesboro Local Marketplace is hosting two enrichment classes on February 5, 2011. Bonnie Kreckow, a clinical herbalist will give an introduction to herbal medicine - Nature's pharmacy. Andrew Bunge and Christian M ..... 
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Tour de Forage

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Rochester is one of the stops on the Tour de Forage, sponsored by the Southeast Minnesota Forage Council and MFA Winter Meeting and will feature keynote speakers Neal Martin and Paul Peterson. The event will be held at the UCR Heintz Center, ..... 
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Private pesticide recertification opportunities

Sun, Jan 23rd, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Farmers needing to renew their Private Pesticide Certification have three options. They can attend a Recertification Workshop instead of retesting; this is the fifth year of this option. Or, they can complete the test as a home study course, ..... 
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