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U of M research opportunities


Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

I have been contacted by three individuals at the University of Minnesota looking for on-farm research sites in southeast Minnesota. If any of the projects described below strike your interest, please contact me.

•Alfalfa-Corn Research- Matt A. Yost, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Minnesota. We are looking for farmers who have alfalfa fields that they would be rotating to corn next spring? We will be investigating the effects of reduced tillage and manure applications on the N credit. We will also test the pre-sidedress nitrate test to determine its validity in MN.

•P and/or K Studies-Jeffrey A Vetsch, Assistant Scientist, University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center. We are looking for farmer fields to do field strip P and/or K studies on next year. An ideal location is in soybeans this fall and has low and variable P or K as determined by recent grid or zone sampling. Treatments are simple with or without a high rate of P or K across the variable landscape. Usually about four to eight acres is enough in a given field. I know some growers have already applied fall P and K, but hopefully not all.

•Manure Hauling Study-Jose A. Hernandez, Ph.D., CPAg, Extension Educator - Nutrient Management University of Minnesota - Extension. We would like two growers, one dairy and one swine with small-or medium size farms in each region. Hopefully they may interested in grid sampling.

We would like grid soil sampling for three to four fields for each grower. Ideally, we would like to get one field near the barn. One to two fields midway (0.5-1 mile away) and one field far away from the barn that would likely seldom receives manure (two to three miles from the barn).

The idea is to see if it's economical to haul the manure farther from the barn, we will also run the P-index for the environmental assessment. If we get at least one field near water, that would help with the P-Index analysis.

Contact Jerry Tesmer at the Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807 or at the Fillmore County Extension Office 507-765-3896. I'll be happy to discuss this further and put you in contact with the primary researcher.




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Ventilate and take other safety measures to prevent manure pit explosions

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

In several recent incidents in Minnesota and Iowa, explosions or flash fires have occurred in livestock buildings with manure pits. The explosions have, to date, mainly resulted in building damage, with few animal losses and no personal injuries or ..... 
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Free manure spreader calibrations available from the SWCD

Fri, Oct 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) reminds livestock producers that the SWCD offers free manure spreader calibrations. Fall is a good time to calibrate spreaders when manure is being applied to fields after harvest. The calibra ..... 
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Fall tillage management in wet soil conditions

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Last Thursday, while watching the rain, the thoughts of an early easy harvest came to an end. I came across some information prepared by Crops Regional Educator Jodi DeJong-Hughes and Extension Agronomist Jeff Coulter in 2009. They addressed ..... 
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Small farm U

Fri, Oct 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Times are tough, and maybe you are looking for an inexpensive small business venture on your land. Or, maybe you just need an engrossing hobby?

Either way, consider learning about some of your options at "Small Farm U" - Small Farm U ..... 
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Become a master gardener

Fri, Sep 24th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



The success of the University of Minnesota Master Gardener program starts with the quality and passion if its volunteers. It is the motivation, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the trained volunteers that make the Master Gardener program a value ..... 
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ALPACA FARMS NATIONWIDE CELEBRATE NATIONAL ALPACA FARM DAYS

Wed, Sep 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Alpaca Owners and Breeders Association (AOBA) invites you to visit their member farms and ranches on National Alpaca Farm Days on September 25th and 26th. This is a unique opportunity for the public to explore the many aspects of the alpaca l ..... 
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It's farm safety week-take a nap!

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



September 19 - 25 is Farm Safety Week. The suggestion to take a nap may sound like a contradiction, but University of Illinois Extension Safety Specialist, Bob Aherin, says taking a break can actually be one of the best things you do during ..... 
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Grain drowning

Fri, Sep 17th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture



Grain bins, gravity flow wagons, and trucks are involved in grain suffocations or grain "drownings" each year. Grain that flows out from the bottom through an auger or by gravity is much like quicksand. An adult can be pulled under the grain ..... 
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