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Ag nutrient storage and heifer grazing field days

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Jun 4th, 2012
Posted in All Agriculture

Two for the price of one! Two field days will take place at Brian Hazel’s farm on Tuesday, June 19. Brian has graciously consented to host an Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day in the morning and Dairy Heifer Grazing Field Day following lunch. You are welcome to come to one or both. The farm is located at 27919 State Hwy 250; the farm is approximately 4 miles North of Lanesboro.

The Ag Nutrient Storage Field Day will begin at 10:00am at the 312’x212’x12.5’ manure basin that has a dual liner – 5ft of compacted clay soil liner with a second liner of concrete flatwork. The basin capacity total is 4,557,962 gallons or 609,353 cuft (useable volume below freeboard is 4,075,199 gallons or 544,813 cuft). The manure storage structure was designed for 14 months of storage based on 246 milk cows. Manure is transferred to the basin by a 4” Houle “Chopper Pump” type transfer system.

While viewing the structure, a number of topics on Ag Nutrient Storage will be addressed. Fillmore County Feedlot Officer Mike Frauenkron, “Why it was needed”; NRCS District Conservationist Bob Joachim, “What was fixed”; and Brian Hazel, “Benefits of the new system.”

The second half of the morning discussion is how to best use this valuable fertilizer! SWCD Nutrient Management Specialist Dawn Bernau, “Brian’s nutrient management plan”; Brian Hazel, “Benefits of the plan”; and Minnesota Department of Ag’s Kevin Kuehner, “Nutrient management studies”.

Lunch is being served by Fillmore County Cattlemen with supporting sponsors Vorwerk Custom Pumping, Wykoff; K & R Implement, Fountain; and Crop Production Services, Harmony.

Following lunch, the Heifer Grazing Field Day will start at 1:00pm. Brian is currently grazing 137 heifers at a site, just north of the first location. The afternoon’s discussion will be led by Root River & Whitewater Grazing Specialist Dean Thomas, U of M Extension Educator Jerry Tesmer, and Brian Hazel. Brian is strip grazing, with fencing and watering system to each paddock. Temporary fencing is used to move the heifers to fresh grass.

Other Field Days to watch for: No-till Field Day, Travis Willford farm, Harmony, June 28; Dairy Field Day, Houston County, TBA; and a Beef Grazing Field Day, Jerry Frank farm, Caledonia, August 11.

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