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Farmers Co-op Elevator hosts two ag expos

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Agriculture

The 1st Annual Ag Expo took place in Caledonia, Minn. on February 12-13, 2014. Photo submitted

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 information they need for their farm businesses. Over 140 area farmers took a break from their winter chores and took advantage of the FCE Ag Expos to learn from the experts and socialize with their peers.

FCE knows it is important for farmers to have the latest information about agronomy and feed innovations and technologies. At the expos, livestock producers learned the results of hairy heel wart field tests conducted nationwide, including an FCE producer. When a heifer gets heel warts (digital dermatitis), there is a 75 percent chance that the animal will get heel warts as a lactating cow. This is an issue because heel warts can cause lameness. Zinpro field tested whether a new mineral premix with a specific assortment of trace minerals would help reduce heel warts. The research was successful, and Zinpro is now offering the mineral premix commercially to help keep livestock more comfortable and productive.

Growing corn needs nitrogen, and new nitrogen management tools can help make sure each corn plant has the nitrogen it needs when it needs it while practicing good land stewardship. Corn growers learned how Winfield’s R7® Tool gives variable-rate prescriptions for seed, crop protection and crop nutrient applications, seeing on a computer screen how the R7 precision ag tool works with data from local farms. They also learned how WinField’s NutriSolutions 360° tool, a comprehensive approach to plant nutrition, can help them at critical times throughout the growing season to maximize yield potential.

As expected, the market outlook sessions drew the biggest audience at the expos. Everyone was interested in hearing what Brian Rydlund, a senior market analyst with CHS hedging, had to say about what’s happening with grain markets and what they should be watching globally as we enter another crop season.

In addition, representatives from Chr. Hansen, DeKalb, Diamond V®, Land O Lakes® Animal Milk Products Company, Mycogen®, Purina Animal Nutrition, and Syngenta were on hand to explain how their latest research and products could help area producers. FCE and the suppliers also teamed up to offer prizes — some with a value over $1,000. Prize winners were: Chuck Beckman, Ken Bergler, Mike Bollinger, John Broers, Duane Conniff, Keri Eglinton, Tim Gordon, Mary Lou Graf, Al Hagen, Danny Hanson, Ted Hanson, Wayne Haug, Doug Heintz, Curt Johnson, David Johnston, Doug Jore, Steve Klug, Isaac Kronebusch, Jeff Langen, David Markegard, Bev Meyer, E.J. Nelson, Brad Olinger, Nick Redig, Sean Regan, Lewie Reiman, Paul Ryan, Dan Schroeder, Mike Schroeder, Bill Selke, James St. Savver, Randy Steinfeldt, Ed Stoen, Ed Voight, Joe Welscher, Dan Wiste and John Woodard. (A list of prizes awarded can be found at

We hope to see even more farmers next winter at FCE’s 2nd Annual Ag Expos!

Farmers Co-op Elevator Company is a member-owned cooperative serving farmers, rural households, gardeners and animal lovers in Houston, Fillmore and Winona counties in Minnesota and Allamakee and Winneshiek counties in Iowa.

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