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Manure value workshop doubleheader


Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A pair of Manure Value workshops have been scheduled for Tuesday, January 26th, one in Preston and one in Caledonia. The morning session will take place from 9:00 am to 11:30 am in Room 108, County Office Building, Preston. The afternoon session will be at the Good Times in Caledonia from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm.

Extension Educator Jose Hernandez will lead the workshops with assistance from the workshop organizers. This is a state-wide educational program where livestock and crop producers learn to estimate and maximize the value of their manure.

The workshop will be interactive and hands-on, giving participants the opportunity to work with data from their own operation. Participants may bring their own laptop computer or one will be provided to use. Each participant will leave with a better understanding of the value of manure in their own unique situation and with tools and skills needed for future assessments.

The workshop agenda will include: explanation of factors that determine manure value; discussion of ways to maximize manure value; demonstration of the "What is Manure Worth?" spreadsheet; hands-on use of the computer spreadsheet or paper worksheet to analyze situations relevant to participants' own operations, with assistance from presenters and organizers as needed. Each participant receives the spreadsheet and other resources for continued use in their manure management decisions.

Pre-registration is required due to the limit of 15 people per site. Please RSVP by January 19.

Contact: Dawn Bernau, Fillmore SWCD, (507)765-3878 Ext. 3, for the Preston session and Bob Scanlan, Houston County Feedlot Officer, (507) 725-5800 for the Caledonia session.

2010 Calendar of Educational Events:

• Kohl Farm Management Webinar Series, County Office Building, Preston, 11:30am, Jan. 11. Registration through Dan Miller, 507-259-6270 Cell, dan@danbmiller.com;

• Winter Crops Day, Wykoff Community Center, 8:30 am, Jan. 14;

• Woodland Advisor-Quail Habitat, Good Times, Caledonia, 7:00 pm, Jan. 19;

• Dairy Management Workshop, Lewiston Community Center, 10:30 am, Jan 21. Registration Mary Jane at 1-888-241-4536 or mstearns@umn.edu;

• Woodland Advisor-Carbon Credits, Houston Community Center, 6:00 pm, Jan. 21. Registration Mary Jane at 1-888-241-4536 or mstearns@umn.edu;

• Manure Value Workshop, County Office Building, Preston, 9:00 am, Jan. 26. R .....
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Climate change and Minnesota's woods

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Southeastern Minnesota's forested landscapes provide home to wildlife, income for landowners, clean water, and a beautiful scenic backdrop. However, the future health of these forests depends on care and wise management. If you own or spend time in ..... 
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Remember the trees!

Mon, Feb 22nd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Whether we live in town, on a farm, or in the backwoods, everyone should be concerned about the welfare of our trees. We may be inclined to take our trees for granted. Trees are major contributors to our quality of life. Our trees combat global warm ..... 
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Wet spring, corn residue affect spring nutrient management

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The agriculturally troubled fall of 2009 may be over, but here comes the sequel-a potentially wet spring. Due to the late corn harvest, many fields have yet to be tilled, and they have large amounts of residue remaining on the surface.

Norm ..... 
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Featherstone Farm: fifteen years of growth

Fri, Feb 19th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Senator Sharon Erickson-Ropes, representing Fillmore, Houston and Winona Counties, traveled with Senator Patricia Torres Ray, whose district is in Minneapolis, to a few southeast Minnesota farms on February 13. Among the farms they visited was Feath ..... 
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Young Producer committee members elected during YP summit

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Two open positions were filled on the Accelerated Genetics Young Producer Committee by Charlie Knigge, Omro, Wis., and Ben and Elle Tibor, Minnesota City, Minn. Tim Bowers, Marion, Wis., was re-elected for his second term on the committee. This year ..... 
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SURE Signup

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Signup for the 2008 Supplemental Revenue Assistance Payments program (SURE) began on January 4, 2010. SURE 2008 is for those who suffered crop production losses during crop year 2008.

SURE provides crop disaster assistance payments to eligib ..... 
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Get ready for Spring planting: Join the Arbor Day foundation

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Now is the perfect time to start thinking about the spring planting season, and the Arbor Day Foundation is offering an ideal way for everyone to plant trees when the weather turns warm.

Every person from Minnesota who joins the Arbor Day Fo ..... 
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How research in Chile advances Minnesota's crop

Mon, Feb 15th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Minnesota soybean farmers provided more than $1.5 million from their own pockets in 2009 to help fund research to improve yields and quality of the state's soybean crop. The University of Minnesota is the primary recipient of this farmer-funded rese ..... 
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