Julie Buntjer / Forum News Service
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.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Phenomenal, incredible, outstanding, record-breaking — those are all words area crop producers and grain specialists are using to describe this year’s corn and soybean yields across southwest Minnesota and northwest Iowa. “It’s hard to find farmers all across the state that aren’t saying this is the best-ever soybean crop they’ve ever raised,” said Dan Uttech, feed ingredient purchasing manager for New Vision Cooperative at Brewster.
WINDOM, Minn. — One day after employees of PM Beef in Windom were told the beef processing facility would close Dec. 11, officials with the plant are offering more details about the decision to cease operations. Lisa Hernandez, president of PM Beef Holdings LLC, said Tuesday that the plant had last processed beef cattle Sept. 25. At that time, she said the facility “went dark” for a couple of weeks. “We do a lot of glatt kosher and it was (the Jewish) holiday season,” Hernandez explained. “They are our major customer, so we were going to take the two weeks off.
JACKSON, Minn. -- There was a field of pink inside the AGCO Jackson facility Thursday morning, from company executives to the men and women working on the assembly line. The specially colored attire was in celebration of Tenacity, the new pink tractor that rolled off the assembly line at the Challenger and Massey Ferguson production facility. Created in a partnership between AGCO and Ziegler, which donated the MT865 tractor, the tractor will be used to promote breast cancer awareness.