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Farmers Co-op Elevator hosts two ag expos


Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 1st Annual Ag Expo took place in Caledonia, Minn. on February 12-13, 2014. Photo submitted

Farmers Co-op Elevator (FCE) hosted its 1st Annual Ag Expos in Caledonia, Minn. on February 12 and Houston on February 13. The expos brought together regional experts and nearly a dozen agriculture suppliers to provide FCE’s customers with the information they need for their farm businesses. Over 140 area farmers took a break from their winter chores and took advantage of the FCE Ag Expos to learn from the experts and socialize with their peers.

FCE knows it is important for farmers to have the latest information about agronomy and feed innovations and technologies. At the expos, livestock producers learned the results of hairy heel wart field tests conducted nationwide, including an FCE producer. When a heifer gets heel warts (digital dermatitis), there is a 75 percent chance that the animal will get heel warts as a lactating cow. This is an issue because heel warts can cause lameness. Zinpro field tested whether a new mineral premix with a specific assortment of trace minerals would help reduce heel warts. The research was successful, and Zinpro is now offering the mineral premix commercially to help keep livestock more comfortable and productive.

Growing corn needs nitrogen, and new nitrogen management tools can help make sure each corn plant has the nitrogen it needs when it needs it while practicing good land stewardship. Corn growers learned how Winfield’s R7® Tool gives variable-rate prescriptions for seed, crop protection and crop nutrient applications, seeing on a computer screen how the R7 precision ag tool works with data from local farms. They also learned how WinField’s NutriSolutions 360° tool, a comprehensive approach to plant nutrition, can help them at critical times throughout the growing season to maximize yield potential.

As expected, the market outlook sessions drew the biggest audience at the expos. Everyone was interested in hearing what Brian Rydlund, a senior market analyst with CHS hedging, had to say about what’s happening with grain markets and what they should be watching globally as we enter another crop season.

In addition, representatives from Chr. Hansen, DeKalb, Diamond V®, Land O Lakes® Animal Milk Products Company, Mycogen®, Purina Animal Nutrition, and Syngenta were on hand to explain how their latest research and products could help area producers. FCE and the suppliers also teamed up to offer prizes — some with a value over $1,000. Prize winners w .....
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Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project participants receive awards

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Fillmore County 4-H Horse Project started off the new 4-H year by electing new officers on November 4, 2013. The following office were filled: Youth Chair- Jackie Apenhorst, Adult Chair- Deb Haugstad; Youth Vice Chair- Heather Apenhorst, Adult V ..... 
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Yes, spring is coming!

By Jerrold Tesmer

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

We each have our own markers, in my case; I’ve received messages about corn silage test plots, and black cutworm pheromone trapping. Before we get too excited about spring, we have one more event for farmers that will be of interest. There will ..... 
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Sesquicentennial Farm Applications due April 1

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Minnesota Farm Bureau’s Sesquicentennial Farm program will honor Minnesota families who have owned their farms for at least 150 years. Since the Sesquicentennial Farm program began in 2008, over 165 farms have been recognized. The Sesquicentennial ..... 
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Winslow attends National Young Farmers & Ranchers Conference

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in Fountain Agriculture

Young farmer leaders from Minnesota attended the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) Conference held in Virginia Beach, Va., February 7-11. Katie Winslow of Fountain in Fillmore County was among the more than 1,0 ..... 
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The strong demand to rent land continues

Thu, Feb 20th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farm profits remained strong in 2013, keeping the demand for land leases steady, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Despite lower commodity prices and decreased gross inco ..... 
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Gardening: We dig it

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Houston County University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners are proud to be hosting their fourth Annual Gardening Workshop on Saturday, March 29. They are working closely with Caledonia Area Community Education to once again provide you wi ..... 
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State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation accepting Century Farm applications

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2014 Century Farms Program. Produced by the Minnesota State Fair in conjunction with the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation, the Century Farms Pro ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau commends Senate for passing five-year farm bill

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) applauds the U.S. Senate for approving the bipartisan farm bill, the Agriculture Act of 2014. The bill provides needed risk management tools and a viable economic safety net for America’s farmers and ran ..... 
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