Tricounty News

Safety on roads

When time seems short and the weather seems uncertain, we’re tempted to push a little harder at the harvest. We encourage farmers and other drivers to take their time on the roads and to resist the temptation to take shortcuts.

Anticipate left-hand turns

Approach farm equipment carefully – whether wagons, grain trucks or machinery. Field approaches and farmstead driveways are a clue that they might be making a left-hand turn. Before passing, make an effort to make sure the farm equipment driver knows you are there. Making a move to pass and finding out the farm driver is turning left is a bad deal. Be careful it the farm driver pulls over to the right, if you are not sure they see you. If there is an approach on the left, they might be trying to get more room to make a left hand turn.

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Stearns County Cover Crop Field Day

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he Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is partnering with the University of Minnesota Extension to bring you a captivating Cover Crops Field Day at 1W-Stearns-Co.-SWCD-Crop-Photo-1 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 30, near Roscoe. 

Cover crops are a great tool that growers can utilize to protect and enhance their most valuable resource - productive soil. This is a unique opportunity to learn about the benefits and challenges of cover crops. 

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Peterson statement on Farm Bill conferees

House Agriculture Committee Ranking Member Collin Peterson today made the following statement after Representatives were appointed to the conference committee that will negotiate the 2013 Farm Bill.

“Appointing conferees might be a sign that, after repeatedly delaying and undermining the Agriculture Committee’s work, Republican Leaders are finally getting serious about the farm bill. Conferees are committed to working together and getting a farm bill done but bringing divisive resolutions to a vote and appointing conferees outside the Agriculture Committee has made our jobs a lot harder.

“The Democratic conferees represent our caucus and bring a great deal of expertise to the process. I am hopeful that if Republican leadership can be reasonable and leave the conference committee alone to do its work that we will be able to finish a five-year, comprehensive farm bill this year.”

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AgStar accepting grant applications

The AgStar Fund for Rural America, the corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is proud to announce it is once again accepting grant applications for programs that enhance the quality of life and future opportunities for rural residents and their communities. Recipients will be awarded up to $10,000 for projects or programs that align with the Fund’s mission.

“AgStar takes pride in giving back to the communities we live and work in,” said John Monson, chair of the AgStar Fund’s Board of Trustees. “Through the Fund for Rural America, we are able to fulfill our mission of enhancing life in agriculture and rural America by supporting those who support agriculture.”

AgStar encourages those seeking funding to visit AgStar.com to learn about the AgStar Fund and see if they meet the guidelines. Grant applications can be completed online and will be accepted until Nov. 30, 2013. Grants will be awarded in the spring of 2014.

Since its inception in 2001, the AgStar Fund has donated more than $4 million to organizations working to improve the future of rural America. Applications considered for funding and support must align with the Fund’s mission of “enhancing life in agriculture and rural America.”

Field conditions contribute to grain storage risk

Regional Extension Educator Liz Stahl at Worthington recently shared sources of information about grain harvest and storage strategies related to variable moisture and maturity conditions in fields.

Cleaning bins and harvest equipment is an important task. Insects that create problems for grain in storage are insects that harbor in old grain and crop residue in harvest equipment and in and around grain bins. So Liz suggests that we should thoroughly clean out bins and all grain handling equipment such as combines, trucks and grain wagons, to remove any insect-infested grain and debris. In empty bins, thoroughly sweep or brush down all surfaces, including the walls, ceilings, ledges, rafters, braces, and handling equipment. Seal any holes or cracks. Remove all debris and vegetation growing within 10 feet of the bin, and apply a residual herbicide as needed to control any weedy plants around the bin.

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