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ST. PAUL — Two area FFA members returned home Tuesday as Stars over Minnesota agriculture following the 87th Minnesota FFA Convention, hosted Sunday through Tuesday on the University of Minnesota campus. Juliana Pederson, a member of the Westbrook-Walnut Grove FFA Chapter, was honored Monday as Minnesota’s Star in Production Placement, while Payton Vold, of the Red Rock Central FFA Chapter, was named the state’s Star in AgriScience.
ROUND LAKE, Minn. — With any new technology there’s a learning curve, and that’s the case with a fish kill on Illinois Slough near Round Lake. Earlier this week, a farmer spotted hundreds of dead fish in shallow water along Jackson County 4. The marshy area is separated from Illinois Lake by an electronic fish barrier installed by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources last fall to prevent invasive carp species from moving upstream and into Illinois Lake and nearby Round Lake.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — When you walk through the produce aisles, along the meat case and past the frozen food section of your local grocery store, chances are Smith Trucking had a hand in helping bring some of those products from the farm to your table.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — With no public input offered on plans for three livestock expansion projects and the construction of an earthen manure basin, the Nobles County (Minn.) Planning Commission progressed through its agenda in less than half an hour Wednesday. All four of the requests for conditional use permits were approved by the commission and will have their final hearing before the Nobles County Board of Commissioners at its April 5 meeting.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A team composed of representatives from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources fish and wildlife divisions, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District, the Nobles County Soil and Water Conservation District and Ducks Unlimited met Tuesday to identify a timeline as the group proceeds with developing a management plan for Lake Ocheda.
BREWSTER — A pair of farmers from Brewster and Sioux Valley were among a contingent of Minnesota soybean growers and others to travel to Vietnam earlier this month to learn about how the southeast Asian country uses American-grown soybeans.
LUVERNE — Whether looking to put grain into livestock or save money on fertilizer by spreading manure, farmers in southwest Minnesota are investing more money into livestock facilities and adding value to their operations. In 2015, the Rock County Land Management office saw the number of requests for feedlot permits more than double — from 11 in 2014 to 24 in 2015.
Year in Review: Farmers enjoy record 2015 harvests WORTHINGTON, Minn. — “It was the best of times. It was the worst of times.” That line, made famous by Charles Dickens in “A Tale of Two Cities,” may be how farmers describe the 2015 crop production season. Crop producers across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa harvested their highest ever yields in corn and soybeans this fall, thanks in part to a moderate growing season with timely rains and continued improvements in crop genetics.
OKABENA, Minn. — Rural Lakefield, Minn., farmer Jerry Ackermann has planted cover crops for several years now, and while it has been a learning process, he’s finding more and more advantages to keeping a living root in the soil year-round. During a Cover Crops Conversation earlier this week in Okabena, Ackermann said the seed mixes he uses in his cover crops are doing the work that tiling has done for farmers in the past. “I think we’re going to be using cover crops for drainage,” he said.