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Keeping forages in focus during the offseason


By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The winter of 2012/13 will be one to remember for anyone in the business of producing and/or feeding forages. Region wide winterkill including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada resulted in a tight supply and high demand market that to some extent continues today. Hindsight points a finger at rain events occurring over these areas in January and February resulting in ice sheeting and eventually plant (crown) suffocation. An extended winter and slow spring growth added additional plant injury and death while delaying first harvest of legumes and grasses whether in fields or pastures.

Moving to the winter of 2013/14, in which it already feels extended. Forage producers are curious about the effects of the cold spell that was experienced at the end of December and into January. Of concern were the temperatures that were recorded and the duration of the cold spell. Forage Specialist Dr. Dan Undersander of the University of Wisconsin produced a news release in response to the weather events thus far. In summary, with the temperatures experienced, snow cover depth at that time, and an understanding of lethal temperatures at the growing point location, perennial forage plants should have survival success.

Plants at this time of year are at their strongest dormancy provided stresses were minimized prior to season’s end. Does this mean there won’t be winter injury this winter? That is yet to be determined as typically most injury and death occurs late winter in Feb/March with warming temperatures to break dormancy too early and melting snow causing standing water and ice.

Continuing with a forages concentration, Dr. Scotty Wells from the University of North Carolina has been hired by the University of Minnesota as the state forage and cropping systems specialist. He began his career here in early December. He has started the process of working with the forage team in putting together research and programming plans for 2014. To date we have focused on delivering three regional forage based programs across the state. With specifics to follow in time, Fergus Falls (March 26), St. Charles (March 27), and Kingston (March 28) are the event sites with agendas developed for discussion and teaching towards current production issues.

Research efforts focused in forages located in West Central Minnesota for 2014 include alfalfa variety genetic evaluations, corn hybrid gene .....
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Wetland mitigation workshop

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers and agricultural land owners can gain a better understanding of the wetland mitigation process and their options by attending a 2 hour workshop on Wednesday, February 5 or Thursday, February 6. The February 5 workshop is at Cabela’s in O ..... 
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Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference

Wed, Jan 29th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

By Melinda Miller Stewartville Between two weather systems giving us ground blizzard conditions late in January, I headed to Fargo, ND to participate in Minnesota Farm Bureau's Leadership Conference. Along with over 200 fellow attendees, I experie ..... 
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Cow Calf Day

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 17th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The University of Minesota Extension Beef Team will be holding the 2014 Cow Calf Day on Thursday, February 13. The registration and meal begins at 5:30 p.m. at the Heintz Center, 863 30th Ave SE, Rochester, Minn. 55904. The topics to be covered in ..... 
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Land sales remain strong, auction levels high

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

OMAHA, Neb. - Land sales finished strong in 2013, spurred by good farmer demand for additional land, according to Farmers National Company, the nation’s leading farm and ranch real estate company in the country. Farmers National Company is report ..... 
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2014 private pesticide applicator recertification workshops

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

Farmers can attend a 3 ½ hours Private Pesticide Applicator Workshop for recertification instead of taking a test. Testing (online or mail-in) remains an option. If you are not currently certified (i.e. certified through March 1, 2014) you cannot ..... 
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Biosecurity workshop for alternative swine producers

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

University of Minnesota Extension will hold a Biosecurity Workshop for Alternative Swine Producers the evening of January 15, 6-9 p.m. in St Charles, Minn. “Recent cases of Porcine Respiratory and Reproductive Syndrome (PRRS) virus and Porcine E ..... 
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Ventilation workshop for swine producers

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Jan 3rd, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The Iowa Pork Industry Center and Iowa State University (ISUEO) Extension and Outreach are offering a ventilation workshop designed to help teach producers about the proper use of swine building ventilation equipment to improve pig well-being and mi ..... 
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POET GM retires

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

For those who can remember the humble beginnings of POET Biorefining located in Preston, it all started with a meeting in 1996 up at the Branding Iron restaurant. According to long-time supporter Jim Simonson, “There was a foot of snow on the grou ..... 
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