You don’t need a rain gauge to tell you how dry it has been the past few months. Central Minnesota is in a severe drought and a pocket of land in the middle of the state is the worst of any.
But if you expect to find area farmers moping and complaining, you might be surprised.
Joe Krippner, who farms about 1,000 acres between St. Cloud and Pearl Lake, is a good example.
130th annual meeting
Donald K. Schiefelbein of Kimball has been elected as a delegate to the 130th Annual American Angus Association®Convention of Delegates, Nov. 18, in Louisville, Ky., reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the American Angus Association.
Schiefelbein, a member of the American Angus Association with headquarters in St. Joseph, Mo., is one of 336 Angus breeders who have been elected by fellow members in their state to serve as a representative at the annual meeting. Representing 48 states, District of Columbia and Canada, the delegates will participate in the business meeting and elect new officers and five directors to the American Angus Association board.
The annual event is held in conjunction with the annual banquet and the Super Point Roll of Victory Angus show, Nov. 16-19, during the North American International Livestock Exposition.
The American Angus Association has nearly 25,000 active members and is the largest beef breed organization in the world.
The following are the names and placings of the 2013 Meeker County Fair 4-H Champions. Listed are the project title, the placing (GC=Grand Champion, RC=Reserve Champion), followed by individual’s name and club. In this issue we are listing only the Kimball Kruisers (KK), and Valley Victors (VV).
Minimize the risk for bees!
Honey bees and native bees forage in and near soybean and cornfields, especially during dry weather. When treatment decisions are being made for pests of these crops, it is important to consider minimizing the risk to these pollinators.
Bees are the most important pollinators of our fruits, vegetables, and crops including alfalfa hay that feed our farm animals. Honey bees and thousands of native bee species rely on the flowers they pollinate for good nutrition and health. Bees are being pushed to the tipping point by various factors, such as disruption of natural habitats, diseases and parasites, and widespread overuse of pesticides.
Soybean farmer Paul Simonsen hosts trade team
Vietnamese soybean importers left Minnesota knowing the quality of the soybeans grown here, thanks to a tour across the state that included a stop at soybean farmer Paul Simonsen’s cabin in Atwater.
Simonsen hosted agricultural delegates that are leaders in Vietnam’s soybean importing practices. Their visit to the United States included seeing how soybeans are produced start-to-finish. Before coming to Minnesota, they visited Grey’s Harbor in Washington State to learn about the exporting process and processing plants to show what happens to the beans after they leave the farm. They came to Minnesota to see the soybean fields and equipment used to harvest the crops, furthering the relationship between the two countries.