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Snow melt poses challenges for livestock manure management


Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As winter gives way to spring, rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for farmers who spread livestock manure on cropland. Farmers who spread solid manure during winter, must ensure that it doesn’t run off with snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters.

Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt. Minnesota rules to protect water quality require a 300-foot setback from surface waters and open tile intakes for all manure spread onto frozen or snow-covered soil.

In Wisconsin, where state rules place some restrictions on land application of livestock manure in winter, farmers can use a “manure management advisory system” to help make decisions. The webpage provides maps that forecast the risk of run-off on a daily basis, and tools for longer term planning. www.manureadvisorysystem.wi.gov/

“We are exploring having a similar system in Minnesota,” says Randall Hukriede, Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) feedlot program manager. The MPCA administers state rules for feedlots to help facilitate industry practices that protect water quality. “Our primary goal is to ensure a balance between a healthy livestock industry and healthy natural environment.”

If temporary stockpiling is not possible and manure land application can’t wait, to help reduce the impact of manure applied to the surface of wet, frozen or snow covered soil, choose the flattest field or flattest parts of fields and follow these guidelines:

• Field slope should be less than six percent for solid manure, and two percent for liquid manure,

• Do not apply non-incorporated manure within 300 feet of surface waters. If possible apply manure at even greater setback distances.

• Do not apply in portions of fields that contain other areas of concentrated flow. A 300-foot setback is required for intermittent streams; however most fields also contain other areas such as grass waterways that receive concentrated flow. Keep back as far as possible from these other areas of concentrated flow.

• Choose fields that contain the most crop residue; greater than 30 percent is recommended.

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MDA requesting specialty crop grant proposals

Thu, Mar 13th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is accepting grant proposals for specialty crop research and development. A federal block grant from the USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service was authorized under the 2014 Farm Bil ..... 
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Minnesota beef showcase in its third year

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Join beef breeders from across the Midwest this March 13, 14, and 15 at the Minnesota Beef Showcase. Held at the Red Horse Ranch Arena in Fergus Falls, the Minnesota Beef Showcase features females and bulls in all breeds. Come see top producing anim ..... 
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Farmers Co-op Elevator hosts two ag expos

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

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 inf ..... 
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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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