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2009 Minnesota Ag statistics


Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Each year I receive a copy of the Minnesota Ag Statistics. In the past, I've tended to focus on where Fillmore and Houston County rank amongst the other counties in the state in various commodity areas. I could always count on Fillmore being number one in beef cows, but this year Otter Tail County passed Fillmore County by two hundred beef cows, with Fillmore falling to number two.

Luckily, in state rankings, Minnesota is number one in five categories: oats, sugarbeets, sweet corn for processing, green peas for processing, and turkeys. The oats was actually a correction; the initial report had Wisconsin above Minnesota.

Minnesota is also highly ranked in spring wheat, canola, and cheddar cheese at number two. The third highest rank among states is in the categories of soybeans and all categories of hogs.

The strong showing continues with Minnesota fourth among the states for crop receipts, corn, sunflowers, dry edible beans, and flaxseed and fifth among states for total cheese, mink pelts, and honey produced. The livestock has a strong showing and ranks sixth for red meat production, milk cows, and milk production.

If you would like to see more on Minnesota Ag Statistics, the website is: http://www.nass.usda.gov/Statistics_by_State/Minnesota/index.asp

The 2009 numbers are just being added to the state website, they have soybean yields for Fillmore County at 44 bushels per acre for 2009 and Houston County yields at 45.5 bushels per acre. The corn yields are 176 bushels per acre for Fillmore County and 172 bushels per acre for Houston County.

If you want to look at the 2007 Federal Ag Census, the direct URL is: http://www.agcensus.usda.gov/Publications/2007/Full_Report/Census_by_State/Minnesota/index.asp.



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Grazing Cover Crops Field Day

Fri, Mar 26th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Root River Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas has arranged for a field day at the Mike (Tom) Boelter farm located at 29254 181st Ave., Wykoff, MN, on Saturday, April 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

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The Svalbard Global Seed Vault receives a third seed deposit from SSE

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Seed Savers Exchange, Inc., a leading non-profit organization dedicated to saving and sharing heirloom seeds, has announced that a third deposit of heirloom seeds has been deposited safely into the Svalbard Global Seed Vault in Norway.

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Farm-to-school efforts double in Minnesota

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The number of Minnesota school districts purchasing fresh food from local farms has more than doubled in the last 15 months, according to a survey released today by the Minnesota School Nutrition Association (MSNA) and the Institute for Agriculture ..... 
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Grazing Cover Crops Field Day

Tue, Mar 23rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Root River Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas has arranged for a field day at the Mike (Tom) Boelter farm located at 29254 181st Ave., Wykoff, MN, on Saturday, April 10th, from 1:00 to 3:00 pm.

The corn silage field was seeded by helicopter with ..... 
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Fillmore County pork farmer Craig Mensink attends National Pork Forum

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota's presence was visible throughout the 2010 National Pork Forum earlier this month in Kansas City, Mo. National Pork Forum is the annual meeting of state pork associations and the Pork Checkoff.

The meeting was attended by 141 votin ..... 
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Dairy Princess to be crowned Saturday in Canton

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess will be held Saturday, March 27th at the Assumption Hall in Canton at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The Princess candidate is Stephanie Drinkall of Lanesboro. Stephanie is the ..... 
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Learn to burn! Workshop in Preston April 10

Fri, Mar 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Learn to Burn! is a prescribed burning workshop for private landowners that will held in Preston on Saturday, April 10, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the DNR Forestry office, 912 Houston St. NW. The workshop is free and is sponsored by the MN DNR and the ..... 
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Turning horses into more than just a hobby

Fri, Mar 12th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

One local family is making it a mission to help people find something they enjoy to do through horses. Husband and wife duo, Randy and Teresa Coyle, owners of Quarters by Coyle's, have turned their love for horses into more than just a hobby.
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