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Plan to attend F.R.E.S.H. in Rushford


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

If you’re interested in learning more about what makes a healthy stream, how our actions can affect water quality, and want to see how local farmers are protecting our streams, plan on attending F.R.E.S.H. (Fish-Restoration-Education-Stream-Health), a family-friendly event sponsored by the Rush-Pine Farmer-led Council.

The event will be held Saturday, October 26 at Creekside Park, 500 N Mill St., Rushford, Minn. (next to Ben Niggle Sports Complex). Depending on the federal government shutdown, we’ll begin the day at 9 a.m. with activities and games for kids. At 10:30 a.m., Justin Watkins of Minn. Pollution Control Agency will discuss what makes a healthy stream. Then, at 11 a.m., we’ll board a bus and visit a local farm that has restored their stream bank, the tour will be guided by Jeff Hastings of Trout Unlimited. We’ll return to the park at approximately 12:30 p.m. for lunch and “lightning talks” on farm safety, the nitrogen cycle, rain gardens and septic systems. The event will conclude at 1:30 p.m. Should the Federal Government still be shut down as of October, 26, the kid’s activities will be canceled and the event will begin at 10:15 a.m. with Justin Watkins’ presentation.

This event is free, though pre-registration is required, visit http://z.umn.edu/streamhealth or call 507-457-6521 and leave your name, phone number and number attending to register. Please dress appropriately as the event is being held outside.



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AgStar fund solicits grant applications

Fri, Oct 11th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

MANKATO, Minn. – The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunitie ..... 
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Fall soil testing, a good investment

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Soil testing, in any type of agricultural or horticultural landscape, can provide a number of benefits. A soil analysis takes the guesswork out of fertilizer recommendations, makes good economic sense and ensures fertile soil without excess fertiliz ..... 
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3rd annual Sheep & Fiber Farm Tour

Fri, Oct 4th, 2013
Posted in Lanesboro Agriculture

Friday, October 11 5-9p.m. - $15.00 Saturday, October 12 FREE 10-4p.m. Sunday, October 13 FREE 10-4p.m. Brochure, Tickets & Info at: www.fiberfarmtour.co ..... 
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MnDOT asks motorists, farm equipment operators to safely share the road during harvest season

Tue, Oct 1st, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ROCHESTER, Minn. — Motorists traveling on Minnesota highways this fall need to be aware of large farm equipment transporting crops to markets, grain elevators and processing plants, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. “H ..... 
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Field days feature local landowners’ habitat enhancement projects

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Agriculture

Two field days to be held on October 12 and 26 in the Rushford/Houston area will provide landowners with information on the options for habitat enhancement, how to protect and restore rare features of southeast Minnesota’s landscape, the plan deve ..... 
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Apple lovers can expect high quality fruit this harvest season

Wed, Sep 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota apple growers are reporting a good crop of apples this fall, despite a later than normal start to harvest. Because of the late spring, most Minnesota apples are ripening about seven to ten days later than usual. To ..... 
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Tractor ride a success

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

An autumn tractor ride drew over 30 tractors from three states for a two-day ride in Bluff Country. The ride, sponsored by the Preston Historical Society, drew tractors from Iowa and Wisconsin as well as Minnesota. “People wagons” and “buddy ..... 
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Grazying crop residues

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator, Fillmore/Houston Counties It appears forages will be at a premium this fall. One way to stretch your feed further into the winter is by having your beef cows graze harvested corn fields. I started to say corns ..... 
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