Tricounty News

Battling resistance: Another view on crop rotation

As we near the end of the planting season, the concern for rootworm, aphids and other pests and weeds is a thought in the back of every farmers mind. It is especially worrisome if the crops that used to be effective in the resistance of weeds and insects are now facing more resilient pests that have adapted to the genetically engineered seeds and sprays that have been spread over fields for the past 15 years. The resolution: rotation of crops.

It’s easier said than done. 

Even though rotation of crops is the only environmentally friendly and, ultimately, the best way to deal with insects and weeds that have adapted, it is hard for farmers to do. When the economy has a high demand for corn, a farmer will plant corn. Planting a different crop will just be a loss; it wouldn’t be economically feasible. Most farmers are forced to use more pesticides and herbicides to deal with the difficult pests. Seed companies like Monsanto are working on stronger chemicals and different genetically engineered seeds for farmers, but the pests will just keep adapting to the use of stronger (and more toxic) chemicals.

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FSA seeks committee candidates

The Farm Service Agency is looking for candidates for the farmer-elected County Committee election this fall and is especially interested in identifying people who have not been active participants with FSA in the past.

The 2013 Stearns County FSA election will be held in Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1, which includes the following townships: Brockway, Collegeville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Lynden, Luxemburg, Maine Prairie, Rockville, Saint Augusta, Saint Cloud, Saint Joseph, Saint Wendel, and Wakefield. 

This area is presently represented by Joe Krippner.

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Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm at Groetsch Dairy

The 6th Annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm will be held at Groetsch Dairy, owned by the Steve and Lisa Groetsch family, from 8 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, w-groetsch-family-5-3-3June 1. The Kimball Lions will be cooking up a hearty breakfast of Swany Cakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and milk for $5/person. Children 5 and under eat free! The event will include children’s activities, a farm animal petting zoo, tours of the farm, a visit from Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an obstacle course with the Vikings Cheerleaders and live radio broadcasts with KCLD and WILD Country. Come join the many agricultural community sponsors to celebrate June Dairy Month. Bring the whole family to this agricultural awareness event and see a dairy farm in action. The event will occur rain or shine!

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Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm


The 6th Annual Stearns County Breakfast on the Farm will be held at Groetsch Dairy, owned by the Steve and Lisa Groetsch family, from 8 a.m.-Noon, Saturday, June 1. The Kimball Lions will be cooking up a hearty breakfast of Swany Cakes, French toast, eggs, sausage, juice, coffee and milk for $5/person. Children 5 and under eat free! The event will include children’s activities, a farm animal petting zoo, tours of the farm, a visit from Princess Kay of the Milky Way, an obstacle course with the Vikings Cheerleaders and live radio broadcasts with KCLD and WILD Country. Come join the many agricultural community sponsors to celebrate June Dairy Month. Bring the whole family to this agricultural awareness event and see a dairy farm in action. The event will occur rain or shine!

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Watch out for ticks!

Tick season has arrived! Now that the weather is warming up, it is important to keep a watchful eye out for ticks. Ticks can be found lurking in hardwood forests as well as in tall grasses. The two most common ticks in central Minnesota are the Blacklegged tick (formerly known as the deer tick) and American Dog tick (also known as the wood tick). To reduce contact with ticks, it is important to keep grasses at bay, keeping them mowed short around the homes and in areas where people commonly walk. It is important to clear away brush and fallen leaves near homes along with keeping grasses short. Place lawn furniture and play structures in sunny areas of the yard. Bird feeders and wood piles attract tick-carrying mice so keep them far from the house.

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