Tricounty News

Midwest Dairy Expo: A close-to-home learning opportunity

The Midwest Dairy Expo will be held Dec. 3-4 at the River’s Edge Center in St. Cloud. Admission is free; so you’re free to pick the pieces that are useful to you. A noon lunch can be purchased on-site.W-DanMartens

Look at the schedule with the whole family in mind, and employees too. For example, it could be the person who does most of the work of taking care of calves who gains the most from the topic, “Keys to Raising Healthy Calves” – presented by Dr. Sandra Godden (University of Minnesota) from 1:30-3 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 3. On Dec. 4, from 8-12,
Dr. Godden offers a lab workshop for using on-farm cultures for managing mastitis. Space is limited, so check this out early.

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Minnesota gardening calendars available

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station and University of Minnesota Extension have released the 2014 Minnesota Gardening Calendar. This award- winning calendar is developed for home gardening and landscape enthusiasts across the state. Minnesota Gardening 2014 is the only calendar designed and written exclusively for Minnesota.

This new calendar includes features on native prairie grasses, grasses for attracting pollinators and butterflies, and grasses for slopes and shade. The calendar also includes suggestions for helpful Minnesota gardening resources, maps showing the average frost-free dates for Minnesota, and a USDA plant hardiness zone map.

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Election of Stearns County FSA Committee

Ballots were mailed Nov. 4 for the Farm Service Agency Local Administrative Area (LAA) # 1 Election.  Ballots must be postmarked or turned in to Stearns
County FSA office by Dec. 2. Townships of Brockway, Collegeville, Fairhaven, LeSauk, Luxemburg, Lynden, Maine Prairie, Rockville, St. Augusta, St. Cloud, St. Joseph, St. Wendel, and Wakefield will elect a new committee person to serve a three-year term. The farmer-elected committee is your voice in USDA’s programs for this area. The candidates are:

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What is a fair and profitable farm rental agreement

Landlords, farmers, and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative land rental meetings being held across Central and Southern Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farm land rental rates have never been higher and determining a fair and profitable farm rent agreement is a challenge in today’s economy with volatile corn and soybean prices and record farm land values.

Negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the land owner and the farmer is not an easy task. David Bau, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management, will discuss several ways to determine a fair farm land rental rate for both parties.

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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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