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2010 crop test plots


Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The newest, and what I consider a very interesting test plot, is a Nitrogen Credit study when a field is in an Alfalfa-Corn rotation. This plot will look deeper at the question of nitrogen credits following alfalfa. It is looking at fall versus spring tillage, leaving or harvesting alfalfa re-growth, and hopefully answers questions about the current 150 pound nitrogen credit when a good stand of alfalfa exists.

On June 28 there will be an On-Farm Field Day: Agronomic Management for Alfalfa-Corn Rotations 1:00pm-3:00pm (registration from 12:30-1:00) at the site located ½ mile north off the intersection of Hwy 30 and Hwy 11, located east of Chatfield, MN.

Contact Jeff Coulter, U of M Extension, coult077@umn.edu, 612-625-1796 or Jerry Tesmer, U of M Extension, tesme001@umn.edu, 507-765-3896 if you need further information.

The Corn Silage Varietal Trial near La Crescent is part of the larger University of Minnesota Extension and University Southern Research and Outreach Center at Waseca's ongoing varietal study for corn silage in southern Minnesota.

Associated with the Corn Silage Plot is a joint project with the University of Wisconsin Extension, Corn Silage Foliar Fungicide Research Trial. Houston County's former Extension Educator, Bill Halfman, made arrangements for this plot. They are looking at two varieties of corn and applying three foliar fungicides treatments to see if there is a response; this is the second year of the study.

Of interest to many farmers and agronomists is the Crops Day July 8th in Rochester. It highlights a number of research studies taking place in southeastern Minnesota. The Extension Regional Office - Rochester - has a series of tests just east of the RCTC campus. There are traditional herbicide trials, a corn planting date study, oats fungicide plots, and a plot simulated drift injury on soybeans. The corn planting date study had five plantings a week apart starting April 9th. After frost damage, three were replanted. Watch for more details of Crops Day closer to the event.

Crop Alert: After the windy days we had this past week, it might be wise to start scouting for Potato Leafhopper in the alfalfa. With much of the first cutting off the fields, second crop re-growth might be affected if Potato Leafhopper is present. A little time with a sweep net, might pay big dividends.



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Beef Princess for 2010

Fri, May 28th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore County Cattlemen are seeking candidates for the 2010 Beef Princess. The Beef princess will represent the beef industry at various events during 2010. A candidate must be 17 years old by December 31, 2010 and not yet 20 years old by Dece ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Local fourth graders participate in Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Fourth graders from across Fillmore and Houston counties, 393 to be exact, have expanded their safety knowledge after their participation at Farm Safety Day Camp. On Tuesday, May 18, students from 12 schools enthusiastically descended upon the Mabel ..... 
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Brown wins Simmental Honors at the Minnesota Junior Spring Classic

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Cattle enthusiasts gathered together at the 3rd Annual Minnesota Junior Spring Classic (MJSC) cattle show held at the Mower County Fairgrounds, April 17-18. Todd Caldwell, Elmwood, Ill., evaluated the 258 head of cattle and Joshua Brown, Peterson, M ..... 
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Fourth grade Farm Safety Day

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

To quote and old TV show, "I love it when a plan comes together!"

It just keeps getting better! I might be talking about the beautiful weather we had last Tuesday during the fourth grade Farm Safety Day Camp at the Mabel Steam Engine Grounds ..... 
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Breakfast on the Farm

Fri, May 21st, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Houston County American Dairy Association will host the 20th annual Breakfast on the Farm on Saturday, June 12, from 7am - 11:30 am. This year's hosts are the Stan and Bev Meyer Family who live two miles west of Eitzen, MN, on Portland Prairie R ..... 
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Grass-fed beef makes a comeback

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Step back a century ago and you'll find farming practices quite different from those in today's modern world. This is especially true when it comes to the raising of beef. While there were a handful of folks supplementing grain to the diets of their ..... 
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Grass-fed beef makes a comeback

Fri, May 14th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Step back a century ago and you'll find farming practices quite different from those in today's modern world. This is especially true when it comes to the raising of beef. While there were a handful of folks supplementing grain to the diets of their ..... 
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