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Best Acetochlor management


Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has revised the "Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor". These voluntary Best Management Practices (BMPs) were developed to address the presence of acetochlor and its breakdown products in Minnesota's groundwater and surface water from normal agricultural use.

At the present time acetochlor is a very small problem, and we want to keep it that way so its use as an herbicide remains an option. I expect the revised Acetochlor BMPs will be a major portion of the Pesticide Recertification trainings in the next three years.

If the BMPs are proven ineffective, mandatory restrictions on herbicide use and practices may be required. The BMPs may also refer to mandatory label use requirements. Always read product labels. The products which contain acetochlor include Breakfree, Cadence, Confidence, Degree, Fieldmaster, FulTime, Harness, Imperium, Keystone, Overtime, SureStart, Surpass, Top Notch, Tremor, and Volley.

What follows is a brief summary of the revised Best Management Practices:

1. Adopt the core "BMPs for All Agricultural Herbicides" when applying acetochlor.

2. Limit acetochlor applications to the lowest effective labeled rate.

3. Maintain an application setback from surface water, tile inlets, wells, and sinkholes.

4. Maintain vegetative filter strips between areas where acetochlor is applied and points where field runoff enters surface water, tile inlets, and sinkholes.

5. Reduce acetochlor use by using other weed control methods.

6. Adopt conservation tillage practices appropriate for your farm's topography and in SE Minnesota karst areas.

7. Soil incorporate acetochlor.

8. Use precision application methods.

The complete recently revised 2010 "Water Quality Best Management Practices for Acetochlor" and the 2010 listing of "Herbicides Containing Acetochlor and Atrazine" are available with further information on the Acetochlor and other BMP's at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/protecting/bmps/herbicidebmps/bmpdocs.aspx.

Ron Struss, MDA Pesticide Management Unit, at 651-201-6269 or ron.struss@state.mn.us can also be contacted for additional information.



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POET Biorefining to hold POET tree poetry contest for local students

Fri, Apr 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Area students are invited to submit nature-inspired poems for the POET Tree poetry contest in honor of Arbor Day. Each leaf in a tree is a biorefinery, drawing energy from the sun. At POET, we find inspiration in nature's efficiency, and Arbor Day i ..... 
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Wetland Grant Applications Sought Through May 20

Wed, Apr 7th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

(Kansas City, Kan., April 6, 2010) - Proposals for Wetland Program Development grants to develop effective, comprehensive programs for wetland protection and management will be accepted through May 20, 2010, from states, tribes and local governments. ..... 
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2010 Fillmore County land rent survey

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

I was very pleased with the response to the Fillmore County Rent Survey and would like to thank all those who responded. In particular, I would like to thank Tammy Martin, FSA director, for doing the mailing with the FSA newsletter. I also need to t ..... 
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Mark Holmen elected as MN Angus Association Vice President

Fri, Apr 2nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Mark Holmen, Fountain, Minnesota, was elected by the Minnesota Angus Association Board of Directors to the position of vice president at their annual meeting. The meeting, and other activities, were held in Cannon Falls, Minnesota, March 6 and 7, 20 ..... 
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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 ..... 
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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.

The corn silage field was seeded by helicopter with ..... 
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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.

Acti ..... 
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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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