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WORTHINGTON, Minn. — Nearly a year after Minnesota's controversial buffer program was signed into law, the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources continues to make progress on releasing preliminary maps to counties showing where 50-foot buffers are required on protected waters, and where 16.5-foot buffers are needed on public ditches.
WORTHINGTON — Worthington-area farmers grew accustomed to praying for timely rains during the past several years. Now, they’re praying for sunshine and some wind to dry up the fields so they can get their crops planted. The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Agricultural Statistics Service released its weekly crop progress report May 9, and it noted that 89 percent of the state’s corn crop and 46 percent of its soybean crop was planted.
WORTHINGTON, Minn. — A drawdown on Minnesota's Lake Ocheda would do so much to improve the health of the lake that the rural Worthington water body could be removed from the state’s list of impaired waters, Okabena-Ocheda Watershed District Administrator Dan Livdahl said Tuesday. The data was gleaned from information in a draft Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) report presented to watershed managers during their meeting Tuesday. The TMDL study provides information on allowable phosphorus levels on both a daily and annual basis.
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.