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Soil health: building a resilient landscape


Fri, Oct 18th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Commentary from the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District Board of Supervisors:

Travis Willford, Harmony

Brian Hazel, Lanesboro

Pamela Mensink, Preston

Tim Gossman, Chatfield

Leonard Leutink Jr., Spring Valley

Summer and fall 2012: drought. Spring 2013: record rainfalls and wet conditions prevent planting. Fall 2013: drought with intermittent downpours. The weather extremes over this past year leave us all puzzled about how to maintain crop production and protect our natural resources. A big part of the answer could be soil health. Droughts and floods are perceived to be controlled by the amount of rainfall, but the quality of the soil can have a huge effect on how the landscape reacts to periods of drought or flooding. Healthy soils absorb water better and hold water in the root zone longer for plants to use during dry periods.

Soil health improves as organic matter increases. Organic matter is added by crop residue, living plant roots, manure, compost and mulch. The microorganisms that live in the soil convert these things to organic matter, and in the process release a substance called glomulin that holds soil particles together like glue and gives it structure. Good soil structure makes the soil less prone to erosion and more able to absorb and hold water. In effect, good soil health has a buffering effect during times of extreme weather making the land more resilient to unfavorable conditions and more productive. The microorganisms that live in the soil also help plants take up nutrients and water from the soil.

The USDA has developed four simple principles for soil health. More information is in the Soil Biology Primer at www.soils.usda.gov/sqi/concepts/soil_biology/biology.html.

1) Keep the soil covered with growing plants and/or their residues to conserve moisture and protect the soil from the force of falling raindrops; soil aggregates that remain intact at the soil surface help water to infiltrate to the plants’ roots. A crop residue mulch also suppresses weeds and keeps the soil cool and moist—a favorable habitat for soil organisms.

2) Minimize soil disturbance. Tillage compacts the soil and leaves it bare and vulnerable to erosion. Misuse of fertilizers or pesticides disturbs the soil chemic .....
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Blaze orange safety requirement reduces hunting accidents

Mon, Oct 7th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

With Minnesota’s small game hunting season underway and the firearm deer season set to begin Nov. 9, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR) says making a blaze orange fashion statement this fall might not get you on the best-dressed ..... 
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Highlights of 2013 Trout Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The 2013 Trout Rendezvous, held at the Preston Trailhead Park, was a time for trout enthusiasts to gather and participate in a number of trout related activities. The event was sponsored by the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter and the National Trout ..... 
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Comprehensive Review of Minnesota Frac Sand Mining Requested

Tue, Sep 17th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

No Permits to be Issued Until Analysis is Complete John Michaelson ST. PAUL, Minn. - Residents of southeast Minnesota are pushing for a comprehensive review of the possible impacts of what would be one of the largest frack sand mining operation ..... 
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2014 annual Trout Fishing Rendezvous

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in Preston The Great Outdoors

The public is invited to join in on some fishing fun at the Preston Trailhead Park on Saturday, September 14. The National Trout Center and the Hiawatha Trout Unlimited Chapter are co-sponsoring the event which offers a variety of afternoon outdoor ..... 
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Accessing clean water funds for your conservation projects

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

On September 3, 2013, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) announced that local governments can apply for funds to protect and improve water quality in their communities. The grant application period is open until October 4, 2013. ..... 
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Volunteers Needed for “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup”

Tue, Sep 3rd, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

WINONA, Minn. (FWS) – The Upper Mississippi River National Wildlife and Fish Refuge – Winona District, Friends of the Refuge Headwaters, and Mississippi River Revival will host a river cleanup as part of the “The Great Mississippi River Cleanup ..... 
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Hog roast & trout fishing activities

Fri, Aug 30th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

Hiawatha Trout Unlimited and the National Trout Center have partnered to offer a variety of afternoon outdoor activities, ending with a hog roast dinner in the evening. The public is invited to attend the September 14 event taking place at the Prest ..... 
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World’s oldest-known wild black bear dies at 39

Tue, Aug 27th, 2013
Posted in All The Great Outdoors

The world’s oldest-known wild bear has died of old age in northern Minnesota at the age of 39½, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Known to DNR researchers as Bear No. 56, the female American black bear was first ..... 
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