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SOIL HEALTH

Cody Fox will serve as district manager for Mower County Soil & Water Conservation District, replacing Justin Hanson, who took a role with the Minnesota Board of Water & Soil Resource leadership team.
Planting progress across the U.S. has been slow, raising the potential that many farmers will use the prevented planting provisions of their crop insurance.
Audubon North Dakota received the Environmental Award from the River Keepers for its Urban-Woods and Prairie Initiative in the Fargo-Moorhead community. The initiative was founded in 2014 to increase bird habitat along the Red River.
This season, Ed McNamara will experiment with row width, spacing and different types of manure. He was part of a three-year University of Minnesota and Cannon River Watershed Partners research project that finished in 2021.

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The billboards made their debut this month near the Minnesota communities of Austin, Spring Valley, Fountain, Preston, Dexter, Grand Meadow and Minnesota City.
This year, the maps showing areas covered by the groundwater protection rule were generated by the Minnesota Geospatial Information Office, known as MnGeo. The result was an additional 852,000 acres in Minnesota where fall fertilizer applications will be restricted. The bulk of those acres, about 603,000 are grasslands, but about 248,000 acres of cropland also was added.

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Researcher Michael Bredeson tells attendees at the Northern Plains Sustainable Agriculture Society conference in Fargo, North Dakota, that when farmers seed cover crops between corn rows, that can have a side benefit of attracting predator insects to attack herbivore insects that attack corn.
On top of minimizing erosion and maximizing water retention, cover crops can feed livestock year-round.
“The focus of this conference is how do we bring together agencies, people working within energy, researchers and landowners to learn about reclamation and how we can be more effective to ensure the reclamation that is taking place in the state is successful,” said Miranda Meehan North Dakota State University Extension livestock environmental stewardship specialist.

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