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A special publication of the Fillmore County Journal

Monday, January 21, 2013

2013 Tree Order Form page

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Pasture Rent and Lease page

Rain Barrel Order Form

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Feedlot/Nutrient Update page

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Fillmore Soil & Water Conservation District Conservation

Fillmore SWCD Scholarships page

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Chronicles

Duschee Hills Dairy receives award at MASWCD convention Pat and Chris Troendle, representing Duschee Hills Dairy LLC, of Lanesboro, attended the Minnesota Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts (MASWCD) Annual Convention in Minneapolis on December 4, 2012 to participate in the annual Outstanding Conservationist Luncheon and Award Ceremony. This ceremony recognizes Outstanding Conservationists from around the state that were nominated by their local Soil and Water Conservation Districts. The Troendles operate Duschee Hills Dairy near Lanesboro with Ben and Darla Taylor, who were unable to attend the ceremony. They were selected by the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) as their

2012 Outstanding Conservationists. The Farmer Magazine supports the awards ceremony with sponsorship from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Duschee Hills Dairy LLC was also named an Area winner by the MASWCD and was presented with a plaque recognizing them as the Outstanding Conservationists for the Southeast Area which includes the counties of Houston, Fillmore, Mower, Freeborn, Steele, Dodge, Olmsted, Winona, Rice, Goodhue, and Wabasha. Duschee Hills Dairy is a fourth-generation farm near Lanesboro. They milk 200 Holstein and Crossbred cows and have 200 young stock. Heifers and dry cows are rotat-

ed on 70-80 acres of pasture. They also operate 530 acres of cropland; of which 300 acres has greater than 6 percent slope and nearly 80 acres are in the floodplain. They protect these sensitive areas in their corn-hay rotation with 250 acres of hay in contour strips connected to an extensive network of waterways and buffers. Minimum tillage, cover crops, nutrient management, and integrated pest management ensure that the land will remain productive for future generations. Combined with their commitment to educating the non-ag community about agriculture, they are leaders in the conservation community. Congratulations to Duschee Hills Dairy!

June 28 Field Day at Willford Farm near Harmony highlights benefits of no-till Bob Joachim, NRCS District Conservationist A No-Till Field Day held at the Arden and Travis Willford farm southeast of Harmony on June 28th was very well attended with over 50 farmers and resource people in attendance. The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) in cooperation with the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) sponsored the event. Guest speakers, a no-till farmer panel, and in-field demonstrations of soil quality highlighted the field day. Three guest speakers provided information on fertility, seed genetics, and economics as it relates to No-Till. Jim Fasching, soils consultant with Mid-West Labs of Plainview, MN, instructed attendees on the importance of soil amendments and their placement in

the No-Till farming system. Of particular concern were pH balance and the need to address the availability of trace elements to enhance the transition to improved soil quality in the no-till environment. Nick Heronimous of Syngenta Seed of Rochester, Minnesota explained the importance of seed selection as it relates to no-till farming and provided some examples of how seed technology has led to improved performance and pest resistance. Finally Gary Thome, economist and instructor at Riverland College in Austin, Minnesota summarized ten years of economic data on notill vs. conventional tillage. His findings showed a very minimal advantage to conventional tillage (less than $5 per acre), and concluded that these figures did not include long term losses of soil productivity or

off-site damage from soil erosion with conventional tillage which can be difficult to quantify. Travis Willford was joined by Rick Christianson and John Bruihler, in a panel of local notill farmers discussing their notill operations. They explained how they made the transition to no-till, and gave advice to operators wanting to make the transition. The consensus of the group was summarized by Travis Willford “that anyone could make the transition to no-till if they want to make the system work.” They all agreed that their economic bottom line was at least as good as conventional tillage, and that the reduction in soil loss, sustained soil productivity, and improvements to overall soil quality were benefits that are very real, but often difficult to quantify See FIELD DAY Page 4 

Pat and Chris Troendle with Paul Mohr of The Farmer receiving award. Photo submitted

Chris and Pat Troendle, and Darla and Ben Taylor Photos submitted

Windbreaks: a long-term investment with environmental benefits Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist In many parts of Fillmore County, the constant force of wind exaggerates weather conditions and makes living in these areas seem unbearable. Cost share is now available to assist landowners in the establishment of a windbreak. A windbreak consists of 3-8 rows of both conifers and deciduous trees which are spaced at 16-24’ apart. A well designed windbreak not only slows the wind and pro-

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vides snow control, but also conserves energy of livestock along with providing habitat for wildlife. The Fillmore SWCD has an excellent selection of trees that are suitable for windbreaks. If you are interested in a windbreak, please stop in our office in Preston or give us a call at (507)765-3878 ext 3. Remember, a windbreak is a long term investment which will add value to your property and provide a healthier environment for you and future generations.


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FILLMORE SOIL & WATER CONSERVATION DISTRICT CONSERVATION CHRONICLES

Fertilizing grass pastures Jerry Tesmer, Fillmore/Houston County Education Educator Are you looking for ways to get more out of your pasture? Have you ever soil tested your pasture? Do you treat your pasture like a valuable crop? As with other crops, adequate fertilizer is needed for optimal economic production. This could mean being able to increase the number of animals grazing a particular pasture or having pastures last longer into the summer or fall. Soil testing is particularly valuable for determining phosphate and potash needs. Nitrogen is usually the first nutrient we think of for grass and grass mixtures, grasses grown for pasture are a perennial crop. Nitrogen fertilizer guidelines are based on expected yield. The expected yield will vary with such factors as intended use, management intensity, and soil texture. Nitrogen Guidelines for grasses and grass mixtures in Minnesota. Expected Yield ton dry matter/acre 2 3 4 4+

N to apply Lb/acre 60 90 120 150

Expected yields of 4 or more tons of dry matter per acre are reasonable for situations where soils have good water holding capacity and intensive management practices such as rotational grazing are used. The time for nitrogen fertilizer application should match the growth

pattern of forage grasses. The majority of grasses found in Southeast Minnesota are cool season grasses. With cool season grasses, the majority of growth takes place in late spring and early summer. Therefore, early spring application is suggested for these grasses. Split application of nitrogen fertilizer is an option for intensive management situations when expected yields are greater than 4 ton per acre. If split application is an option, ¾ of the nitrogen should be applied in early spring and ¼ in late August. The listed rates for rates for phosphate and potash can be taken from the results of your soil test. The needed fertilizer should be broadcast

to established pastures in early spring for cool season grasses. In some field crops, other nutrients have been found to be of value. Research trials in Minnesota have shown that forage grasses and grass mixtures have not responded to application to other nutrients in a fertilizer program. Therefore, none are suggested. For more information on fertilizer recommendations in Minnesota consult “Fertilizer Guidelines for Agronomic Crops in Minnesota” BU06240-S Revised 2011, Daniel E. Kaiser, Extension Soil Scientist; John A. Lamb, Extension Soil Scientist; and Roger Elieason, Director, University of Minnesota Soil Testing Laboratory. For more information, visit online: www.extension.umn.edu/nutrientmanagement/

Phosphate fertilizer guidelines for grasses and grass mixtures.

Expected Yield Ton/acre 2 3 4 4+

Potassium (K) Soil test, ppm Bray: 6-10 11-15 0-5 Olsen: 4-7 8-11 0-3 P2O5 to apply (lbs./acre) 40 30 20 50 40 30 60 50 40 70 60 50

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Revision of the State’s Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan

What is the “Nitrogen Fertilizer Management Plan”? The original NFMP was developed by the Nitrogen Fertilizer Task Force as directed by the 1989 Comprehensive Groundwater Protection Act. The primary goal of the Plan is to prevent degradation of Minnesota’s water resources by efficiently managing nitrogen inputs to maintain farm profitability. The key prevention component is the promotion and adoption of voluntary BMPs. The Plan, as defined in statute, must also include appropriate responses to the detection of inorganic N from fertilizer sources including regulatory actions. The Plan is guided by a matrix of interactions between groundwater nitrate conditions and if producers are adopting the BMPs. Why is MDA conducting the revision process? The Plan was never fully implemented due to funding issues. However over the past twenty years, many of the general concepts were introduced and required tools were developed (such as FANMAP, field demonstrations, and low cost nitrate testing clinics) in a small number of Source Water Protection Areas. Many of these activities were implemented with soft money grants. MDA felt

the Plan needed revisions to reflect the advancements and knowledge gained through these early efforts. With the recent financial assistance from the Clean Water Amendment and the growing environmental concerns of nitrate contamination in groundwater supplies, MDA strongly advises implementing the Plan to the fullest capacity possible. Who is Involved? The Committee includes local units of government (Dakota, Fillmore, and Rock Counties), the University of Minnesota (Dept. of Soil, Water and Climate), various Farm Groups (Ag Water Resources Center, Corn Growers, Potato Growers, Irrigators, MN Crop Production Retailers, and Independent Crop Consultants), Environmental Groups (The Freshwater Society and the Nature Conservancy), and State Agencies (Health, Natural Resources, Board of Water and Soil Resources, Pollution Control and Ag). Timeframe for the revision process? The Committee first started meeting in early 2011. MDA intends to have a draft ready for public comment in late winter (2012-13). The Committee has been meeting monthly for the last 22 months.

Five Principles of Soil Health

(Helping soil microbes help the plants) 1) Keep the soil covered with growing plants and/or their residues to conserve moisture and protect the soil from the force of falling raindrops; soil aggregates that remain intact at the soil surface help water to infiltrate to the plants’ roots. A crop residue mulch also suppresses weeds and keeps the soil cool and moist—a favorable habitat for soil organisms. 2) Minimize soil disturbance. Tillage compacts the soil and leaves it bare and vulnerable to erosion. Misuse of fertilizers or pesticides disturbs the soil chemically and biologically. Both these scenarios create a hostile environment for soil organisms. 3) Diversify with crop diversity, and the soil organisms will also be diverse creating a variety of food and energy chains and webs that utilize as many different sources of food as possible in the soil. 4) Continual live plants grow living roots throughout the year, and the root zone is the most active part of the soil factory. Roots feed the soil organisms responsible for breaking down crop residues and cycling the nutrients in the soil so they are available to the plants. When living roots are absent, the process is much slower. 5) Livestock integration helps to recycle nutrients and build organic matter through the use of manure. Livestock utilize pasture and hay and other forages which enrich and protect the soil.

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Spring is just around the corner...time for tree planting! Jeanette Serfling, Administrative Assistant It’s time to think about your spring tree planting needs. The SWCD tree program is in full swing offering a variety of bare root shrubs, deciduous trees and conifers and potted conifers. We sell good quality trees, but offer no guarantee of survival. Quantities are limited, so order your trees early for the best selection. Your order should be received at the SWCD office by Friday, February 22, 2013 and include full payment. Trees usually arrive in mid-April and purchasers will be notified by postcard or email about the days, time and location for tree pickup.

Other items available for sale from the SWCD include fertilizer packets, tree mats and staples. Available for rent are tree bars and tree planters to make planting easier and more efficient. If you would like to order a tree or shrub not listed on our order form, please call our office at (507) 765-3878 ext. 3 and we can check availability from our supplier. Order forms are available in this insert, at the SWCD office in Preston at 900 Washington Street NW or online at www.fillmoreswcd. org. Descriptions of all the trees on the tree order form can also be found on the website.

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best other species may Want to improve your pastures? works be added because there is better soil to seed contact. Use rates comparable to the full seeding Treat them like a crop. rate for each species.

Grazing Specialists John Zinn, NRCS and Dean Thomas, SWCD Were you dissatisfied with the production of some of your pastures last year, even though you were rotating them and not overgrazing? It could be that your soil is deficient in nutrients. Perhaps it is time to consider interseeding to add more species into your pasture, particularly legumes. INTERSEEDING: Adding more species to your pastures can make your pasture more productive. If your pastures are short of clovers or other legumes you might see a bump in production because they fix Nitrogen for the grasses. There are a number of ways to add legumes to pasture. Before interseeding ask yourself, “Are weeds a problem in this pasture?” If the answer is yes, consider controlling the weeds before doing anything else. If you use an herbicide, make sure that carryover won’t kill the legumes you want to establish. Frost seeding uses the freezing and thawing action of the soil to incorporate seeds. Broadcasting seeds on top of the ground, typically in February or March, is the usual method, but it can be used any time the ground is thawing during the day and

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Bare Root Conifers

Potted Conifers

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Common Purple Lilac *Redosier Dogwood *Red Splendor Crabapple *American Cranberrybush *Common Chokecherry *Juneberry Red Maple *Black Walnut Sugar Maple *Red Oak *Bur Oak *White Oak *Hackberry American Hazelnut *Black Hills Spruce *White Pine Norway Spruce *Red Pine American Arborvitae *Black Hills Spruce Dark Green Arborvitae Norway Spruce Techny Arborvitae White Spruce Tree Mat (1 – 3’ x 3’ mat w/5 staples)

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Tree descriptions can be found on our website: www.fillmoreswcd.org/treeSales.html Payment in full is due with order. Make checks payable to FILLMORE SWCD and mail to 900 Washington St. NW, Preston, MN 55965. The SWCD sells good quality trees, but offers no guarantee of survival. Order Deadline:

February 22, 2013

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freezing at night. Red clover and white clover adapt best to frost seeding because they are vigorous seedlings. A typical minimum seeding rate is 6 pounds of an improved red clover and 2 pounds of an improved white clover per acre. Increase rates when grass competition is high. Don’t seed on top of large amounts of snow as the seed may wash away. Pastures that have been grazed short the previous year are the best sites because the grass competition will be reduced. Use flash grazing after seeding to suppress the grasses and allow legumes to establish. This method has the least predictable results because weather conditions influence the soil seed contact and germination. It may be the only option where the pasture is steep, rough or rocky. No-till seeding is the most reliable way to add legumes to pasture but is limited to ground that is uniform, free from rocks, stones, and not excessively steep. It can be done first thing in the spring when the ground is dry enough for travel. To work best the drill must be adjusted to place the seeds ¼ to ½” deep and a drill with press wheels is desirable to insure good soil seed contact. Although red and white clover

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Common Purple Lilac Redosier Dogwood

18” – 24” 18” – 24”

10’-15’ 10’ – 15’

Red Splendor Crabapple

18” – 24”

American Cranberry Bush

18” – 24”

16’

Common Chokecherry

18” – 24”

20’ – 30’

Juneberry

18” – 24”

15’ – 25’

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DESCRIPTION A fast growing shrub with giant purple clusters of fragrant blooms in spring. Attractive red stems with creamy-white flowers followed by white berries. Red twigs create winter color. Tolerates most any location, growing in moist soils and in sun or shade. Excellent wildlife food source and cover. Tree of open graceful upright spreading habit. Reddish-green glossy foliage turns reddish-purple in fall. Very persistent fruits are dark red and showy. Dark green turning bright red in fall. Pair of reddish glands on petiole near base of leaf. White flowers in large flat-topped clusters bloom in June. Purple foliage color; new leaves emerge green and turn purple as they mature. Small white flower in May; small, reddish-purple fruit relished by birds. Plants naturally form many root suckers. Prefers well-drained soils. Most popular for its fruit production, is a hardy native of the Great Plains.

Deciduous Trees Red Maple

2’ – 3’

40’ – 60’

Black Walnut

18” – 24”

70’ – 100’

Sugar Maple

2’ – 3’

60’ – 80’

Red Oak

18” – 24”

60’ – 80’

Bur Oak White Oak

18” – 24” 18” – 24”

50’ – 80’ 50’ – 70’

Hackberry

18” – 24”

40’ – 60’

American Hazelnut

18’ – 24”

8’ – 15’

Black Hills Spruce

8” – 12”

40’ – 80’

Norway Spruce

7” – 15”

40’ – 60’

White Pine

7” – 15”

50’ – 80’

Red Pine (Norway)

7” – 15”

50’ – 80’

American Arborvitae

12” – 18”

15’ – 25’

Black Hills Spruce

18” – 24”

40’ – 80’

Dark Green Arborvitae

18” – 24”

40’ – 60’

Techny Arborvitae

18” – 24”

15’ – 20’

Norway Spruce

18” – 24”

40’ – 60’

White Spruce

18” – 24”

40’ – 60’

Potted Conifers

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A conventional grain drill may be used with soil preparation to maximize soil to seed contact. The soil requirements are the same as no-till seeding and some seedbed preparation with a light disk harrow or field cultivator separately or in combination will be required. Seed at the full rate for the desired legume species and either drag or cultipack after seeding. Varieties…Use varieties that are adapted to your area, and to your intended purpose. Take advantage of some of the newer commercial releases that have been bred specifically for grazing and higher forage quality.

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An excellent landscape tree. It has an oval to round crown, smooth gray bark as a young tree and red flowers in very early spring. The lobed leaves are a nice bright green and develop beautiful fall colors ranging from yellow to orange to vivid red. Requires full sun for best results. Moderately fast growing. Tall with deeply fissured brown bark. Important timber tree. Fast growing. Prefers moist, well drained soils. Nuts eaten by squirrels and red and gray fox. The largest of our native maples, somewhat slow-growing but desirable for symmetrical form and bright fall colors. Very hardy. Prefers rich, well-drained soil. Fastest grower of the oaks. Does best on moist or well-drained sites in full sun. Dense, lustrous foliage. Red to reddish-brown fall color. Valuable wood products tree. Acorns provide excellent wildlife food source. Large, hardy, long-lived tree. Slow growing. Prefers adequate moisture and clean cultivation. Does best on slightly moist to well-drained sites. Requires full sun. Valuable wood products tree. Acorns provide excellent wildlife food source. Purplish-red autumn color. Moderate growth rate. Prefers moist loam soil but tolerates both wet and dry sites. Has purplish-brown fruit and is readily eaten by birds and other wildlife. Grows in dry or moist wooded areas in full sun to partial shade. Has a male and female flower on one tree. Male flowers are showy yellowish brown catkins and female flowers appear in small reddish inconspicuous catkins. Nuts are commonly left for the squirrels and birds. Fall color ranges from orange, rose, purplish red, yellow and green to undistinguished, dull yellowish green. Noted for its dark green foliage and conical form. Slower growing. Prefers heavier soils, adequate moisture, and clean cultivation Hardy. Does best on moist to well-drained soils. Shade tolerant. Fastest growing of the spruce trees. Attractive drooping branches. Needles are 3”-5” long, very soft and flexible, and bluish-green color. Grows well in rich, moist soil, but does best in moist, sandy loams. Full to partial shade. Good lumber tree. Needles are 4” – 6” long, flexible and a dark yellow-green color. Prefers well-drained soils. Prefers moist soils, but will tolerate dry conditions. Shade intolerant. Moderate to rapid growth. Vigorous growing pyramidal tree developing a broad base and medium height. Foliage retains its dark green color year round. It has a medium growth rate. Noted for its dark green foliage and conical form. Slower growing. Prefers heavier soils, adequate moisture and clean cultivation. Vigorous growing. Prefers full sun to partial shade. More narrow in habit. 8’ – 10’ wide mature width. Compact, broad-based, upright, conical-pyramidal conifer. Dark green foliage that doesn’t turn yellow in winter. Prefers full sun to partial shade. Hardy. Does best on moist to well-drained soils. Shade tolerant. Fastest growing of the spruce trees. Attractive drooping branches. Needles are 1/3” – ¾” long and blue-green in color. Hardy. Does best in moist, well-drained, gravelly soils. Quite tolerant of hot, dry summers. Fairly rapid growth rate. Tolerant of considerable shade. Good wildlife cover.

Miscellaneous Supplies Tree Mat Fertilizer Packet (16-6-8)

1 – 3’ x 3’ mat with 5 sod staples. Mats block 92% of the sunlight to kill weeds and grasses for up to three years. By controlling weeds, each seedling can access all the water, minerals and nutrients available in the soil. Controlled-release coating dissolves only when the soil is warm and moist, the time when nutrients and water can be absorbed and used efficiently. These packets release nutrients over a period of 12 months.

Rain Barrels Rain Barrel – Assembled Rain Barrel – DIY Kit

Fully assembled, ready to use, 55 gallon plastic rain barrel. Pre-drilled 55 Gallon plastic barrel, parts packet, and assembly instructions.

Invoice #_____________________________ Trees will be available in April, 2013. Postcards will be mailed in early April notifying you of pick-up date and time.


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in dollars and cents. Peter Hartman, NRCS soil scientist, conducted water infiltration tests on Willford’s no-till field and on an adjacent conventionally tilled field. Both fields were corn following corn and were planted within a couple days of each other. The infiltration tests showed that the no-tilled field was able to absorb one inch of surface water in one minute and 15 seconds. The conventionally tilled field took six minutes to absorb the same one inch of water. Peter Hartman explained that “This can be attributed to the macro-pores found in continuous no-till which allows water and air to move through the soil. The advantages to no-till on a hot, droughty year such as we had last summer should be obvious,” and this was evident as the attendees viewed the two fields side by side. The no-till field was dark green

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and showed no drought stress while the conventionally tilled field was lighter in color with the leaves curled up in stress. Moisture and temperature tests done two weeks later on these fields showed higher moisture content (12.1 percent to 11.7 percent) and lower soil temperatures (69 degrees vs. 75 degrees) on the no-till, as well as a noticeable height advantage in the no-tilled field. Yield monitors showed an average of 173 bu. corn yield on Travis’ 17 acre no-tilled field this fall with average moisture of 20.1 percent. The day concluded with a hot lunch cooked up by the Fillmore County Pork Producers and informal discussions among attendees while viewing Willford’s no-till equipment. Bob Joachim, NRCS District Conservationist for Fillmore County, summarized the day like this, “The no-till field day was a great opportunity for farmers to talk about no-till and compare their experiences. Farmers learn best from their interactions with other farmers. Our objective is for the local Soil and Water Conservation District, in partnership with NRCS, to continue to provide opportunities for farmers to see firsthand how conservation systems can work on their farms and to network with other farmers who are already successful in using these systems.”

Monday, January 21, 2013

Is updating your conservation plans worth the time and effort? Update your conservation plans and receive a free plat book! Ryan Thesing, Conservation Planning Specialist Some producers/landowners think updating their conservation plan is a difficult process that is not worth the time. I talked to a few of the producers around the county to get their thoughts on the process of updating a conservation plan and summarized some of the responses to the questions. As an added incentive, the Fillmore SWCD is now offering you a free plat book for updating your conservation plans. 1. Why do you think updating your plan is a good idea? Some felt it was a good idea to update the plan because a lot of plans are old and don’t reflect the current crop rotation and modern farming practices. Also some felt it was better to have an updated plan to make sure that they were in compliance with the federal farm programs. 2. What benefits do you see in having updated conservation plans?

Many benefits brought up by producers are the updated maps and soils maps of the farm, having a plan to follow, avoiding compliance issues, and knowledge of the current conservation programs to help with conservation practices. The process also helped identify many conservation practice needs such as possible waterways, ponds, basins, and terraces. 3. Overall how hard was the process of updating your conservation plan? The answer to this question is not hard at all. The only thing you need is about a half hour of time, and what you plan to run for crop rotation and tillage practices on the farm. 4. Would you recommend people update their conservation plan if the plan has not been updated in many years? Everyone said that they would recommend that producers get their conservation plan updated. They

also suggested that anyone who is renting land should get a copy of the existing plan to make sure their operation follows the existing plan. If it doesn’t, then a new plan should be done on that farm. They mentioned that it is a good opportunity to a use the technical and financial resources that are offered at the NRCS & SWCD office. In addition, by updating your conservation plan you are taking a look at the soil loss over the entire farm and identifying possible areas where potential conservation practices are needed. 5. Was there anything that surprised you about updating your plan? The one common answer was that many producers couldn’t believe how old their conservation plans were. Many of the conservation plans on farms today were done in 1988-1990, which makes them 20-25 years old, and farming has changed tremendously in 25 years!

State Cost Share funds available Doug Keene, Conservation Specialist Each year our Soil and Water Conservation District receives an allocation of money from the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources to help fund con-

servation practices. Grassed Waterways, Water and Sediment Control Basins, Terraces, Erosion Control Structures and Farmstead Windbreaks are some of the practices that can be cost shared. The cost share covers up to 75 percent of

eligible project costs not to exceed $4,000 per year. Installed practices must be maintained for 10 years. If you have a soil erosion or water quality concern on your land that you would like us to look at please call or stop by our office.

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acre basis, you may overstock to reduce cost per head. If you rent on a per head basis, you may want to lower your stocking rate to improve rate of gain. These decisions might be in conflict with the landowner’s expectations. Consider some different scenarios: You have a 75 cow beef herd and expect you will have 75 cow/calf pairs to put on pasture May 1. You hear of a pasture available to lease for the year for $15,000 for 100 acres. Is this a fair price? In the past you have paid $1/cow/calf unit per day for pasture rental. If we can expect 180 days of pasture growth adequate to support the 75 cow/ calf units; our math would tell us that would equal $75/day in pasture costs for 180 days which would equal $13,500. If you pay the $15,000; the cost comes out to $83.33/day or $1.11per cow/ calf unit per day. In the second case, you have 75 bred Holstein heifers that you want to gain at least 1.75lbs/ head /day by calving time in the fall. In order to achieve this rate of gain, it will be necessary to divide the pasture into 30 paddocks with movable electric fencing which you will have to provide. It will also require you to move fences and animals daily. The alternative is the landowner offers to custom raise the heifers for $2.50/head/day. However, there is no guarantee

of rate of gain. These scenarios serve to illustrate things that need to be considered in negotiating a pasture lease. The first thing is what is the forage production potential of the pasture? Is it composed of diverse and productive grasses and forbs or weedy Kentucky Blue grass? What is the fertility status of the ground and who will be responsible for the additional fertilizer needed? What is the soil type? Is it sandy or rocky with little water holding capacity? What is the water supply and quality in the pasture and the location of the water source? Will different fencing plans work with the water available? What happens if the water supply dries up in late summer? Who is responsible to provide water? Perimeter fences of a pasture usually are the responsibility of the landowner. Multiple paddocks in a more intensive system are usually the renter’s option and responsibility. Whether it is a rental agreement or a true lease, it should be put in writing with the guidance of legal counsel. Names of the parties involved, legal description of the land involved, length of the agreement, pay provisions and all the items agreed upon. It should then be signed and dated.

Community Partners can make Last sign-up for MRBI Funding Thesing, Conservation These practices will help prevent a difference: Stormwater Mini- Ryan Planning Specialist nutrients and sediment from run With the last year of Missis- ning off your fields which means Grant program 2013 sippi River Basin Initiative fund- lost profits for you and water

Period 2 – February 15th Period 3 – March 15th Period 4 – April 19th In order to get funding for a conservation practice using the MRBI funding, we will need to have an application on file in the office prior to any of these dates to be considered for funding. Stop in the Fillmore SWCD & NRCS office for more information on how you can use this MRBI funding to help protect your farm’s soils and nutrients. Refer to the map below to see if your land is located in one of these watersheds.

Jim Paulson, University of Minnesota Pasture rental and lease arrangements offer livestock producers the opportunity to affordably start or expand their operations and limit financial risk. With the high price of grains and the growing interest in grass fed beef and dairy; managed productive pastures offer an alternate and affordable way to feed cattle. Sheep and goats have traditionally been fed a mostly forage diet but managing their pasture will lead to greater profitability. On the other hand, renting out pastures may allow a landowner to gain income while helping a beginning farmer the chance to get established. What is the difference between a rental agreement and a lease for a pasture rental? Rental agreements are month to month, with no set period of residence. At the end of each 30-day period, both you and your tenant are free to change the rental agreement (subject to any rent control laws).These changes may include raising the rent, changing the terms of the initial agreement, or asking the tenant to vacate the property. However, in most states, both landlord and tenant are required to give 30 days’ notice before any changes can be made. If

Fillmore County SWCD has received $45,000 in Clean Water Funds to be offered as minigrants for projects that reduce or treat stormwater runoff to local streams. Is your community or nonprofit organization interested in planting a raingarden? Would you like to see more stormwater friendly public spaces? The Community Partners Conservation Program, through the MN Board of Water and Soil Resources (BWSR) and the Fillmore County Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD), is looking for community partners that want to complete projects that restore, protect or enhance water quality in our rivers and streams. Examples of eligible projects include but are not limited to: •Rain gardens: basin shaped community or homeowner gardens that collect and infiltrate stormwater •Rain barrels/cistern systems: rain water collection systems for homes, garages or other buildings with gutters •Pervious pavements/pavers: specially designed solid surface or

your state doesn’t require notice, you can change any part of the rental agreement at your discretion. A rental agreement typically renews automatically after each 30-day period has elapsed. There’s no need to give notice about this automatic renewal, as long as neither you nor your tenant has stated that the tenant will vacate the premises. A lease has a set term, such as six months or a year, during which the tenant agrees to rent the property. If you as a leasee make improvements or investment in the land or facilities such as fencing, water system or fertilizer; you may want a longer term lease. A longer lease is often for three to five years. During that time (also known as the duration of the lease), the tenant and the landlord must adhere to the agreement. For example, tenants agree to make monthly rent payments and follow any code of conduct or other stipulations in the lease. Neither party can change any terms of the agreement until the lease expires, unless both parties agree to the change. A tenant can’t vacate the property without breaking their lease, in which case they can be held liable for the rest of the rent due under the lease, or can be required to find someone else to take over

block paver systems that increase porosity without losing structural capacity •Stormwater basins or swales: vegetated and designed practices that safely convey, detain and infiltrate stormwater from larger areas •Native prairie and tree plantings: using native grasses, flowers and trees to create natural stormwater “sponges” in place of lawn and turf grasses Grants funds will be available starting March 2013 through the end of 2015. Eligible community partners include municipal communities, non-profit organizations, citizen groups, businesses, student groups, faith organizations, and neighborhood river or homeowner associations. For more information about the mini-grant application process, check the Fillmore SWCD website at www.fillmoreswcd. org, or contact Jennifer Ronnenberg at 507-765-3878 x3. To learn more about the Minnesota Clean Water Fund visit the BWSR website at: www.bwsr. state.mn.us/cleanwaterfund/

the lease. Amount to pay or amount to charge: The main factor you must decide is how much are you willing to pay or what is a fair amount to charge for rent. The answer is always: “It depends”. The devil is in the details and there can be many details to work out. You as a renter need to determine what kind of gain you can expect on feeders or how many animal units an acre can support. How you manage the pasture can make a big difference on the stocking rate. If you manage the pasture as a continuously grazed system, the results could be different than if you rotationally graze in smaller paddocks or mob graze in a high density grazing system. The more gain you can achieve, the more you may be willing to pay or the less your risk might be. Typically, most pastures are rented by the month on a per acre or per head basis. An alternative is to consider an amount of gain in a season. Two very important items that must be clear and agreed upon are the maximum number of animals allowed on a unit of land and the weight of the animals. These will greatly affect the impact on the pasture stand life and soil health. If you rent on an

ing available to landowners and producers, now is the time to take advantage of high priority funding for conservation practices. Rush-Pine Creek, Watson Creek, and Upper South Fork Root River/Wisel Creek watersheds are the watersheds selected for MRBI funding under EQIP (Environmental Quality Incentive Program) from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service. The funding can be used for many conservation practices such as: terraces, waterways, sediment basins, streambank stabilization, cover crops, no-till implementation, ag waste storage, prescribed grazing plans, and nutrient management plans.

quality problems downstream. The financial assistance rates are rewarding for implementing conservation practices on your land. As this is the last year, now is the time to look at implementing the conservation practices you have been thinking about doing. There are 4 sign-up periods for MRBI Funding Period 1 – January 18th

New hayable buffer program for the South Fork of the Root River Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Buffers can be very effective at trapping and controlling sediments, nutrients and pesticides before they enter streams or sinkholes. Streamside buffers comprised of perennial vegetation also reduce stream bank erosion by anchoring the soil in place. Increasing cropland values make limited use buffers like CRP less attractive to landowners and renters. A 2010 study found that 19.6 percent of the 300-foot riparian (streamside) buffer zone in the Root River is in cropland, and

nearly five percent of the 50-foot zone is cropland. The South Fork of the Root River has the most cropland encroachment of cropland within the riparian zone. For this reason, The Nature Conservancy has made funds available to the SWCDs in Fillmore and Houston counties to offer an alternative to long-term, limited use buffer programs. The funds will be used to establish buffers that can be hayed or grazed along DNR public waters and around sinkholes. The payment rate for this program is $200 per acre per year for

a five-year contract or $250 per acre per year for a ten-year contract for cropland acres converted to perennial vegetation. There is also financial assistance available for seeding establishment and weed tree removal. The minimum buffer width is 50 feet and the maximum is 100 feet and can be up to 300 feet under some circumstances. Signups will be taken continuously until October 31 of this year. Contact the Fillmore SWCD in Preston at 507-7653878 ext. 3 or the Root River SWCD in Caledonia at 507-7245261 ext.3 for program details.


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2012 North American Manure Expo and Dane County Digester Tour Dawn Bernau and Katie Richards, Nutrient Management Specialists – SE MN Area 7 On August 21st the SE MN Nutrient Management Specialists Dawn Bernau and Katie Richards toured the Dane County Community Anaerobic

Digester as part of the 2012 North American Manure Expo held in Prairie du Sac, Wisconsin August 21-22, 2012. The Dane County Community Digester is the only operating community digester in Wisconsin. Three dairies contribute to

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this digester and it is owned and operated by Clear Horizons, Inc. This is a unique strategy in which the company owns and operates the digester and the producers contribute manure as feedstock. This is also a unique situation to have three dairies so close together each being within 2000 feet of the digester. The three dairies total 3,000 animals. The manure from each farm is pumped through underground pipes into a reception tank at the digester site. The manure is then fed into the digester with additional substrates which are trucked to the facility. What does the digester consist of? It is comprised of three general collection systems: 1) Figure 1, underground manure lines to a reception tank; 2) Figure 1, an above ground tank for storage of additional wastes; and 3) Figure 2, a below ground open pit for manure and additional feedstock reception. In Figure 3 there are three digestion tanks, Figure 4 two 1MW generators, Figure 5 a solid/liquid separation system, and Figure 6 the control room. What are the digesters fed? They are fed a blend of organic feedstocks. The majority of the feedstock consists of the manure

from the dairy farms, about 90 percent by volume. The additional 10 percent is other organic feedstocks such as food waste. The three 1.2 million gallon digester tanks (figure 3) produce

the biogas which rises to the top of the digester tank that has storage within the inflated roof. The biogas produced is then sent to the two 1MW genSee MANURE EXPO Page 7 

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It’s easy to be a Citizen Stream Monitoring volunteer Have you ever wanted to play a role in understanding the condition of our local streams? The Minnesota Citizen Stream Monitoring Program (CSMP) is ideal for someone who has an extra 15-30 minutes each week to monitor a local stream between the months of March to October. The equipment is supplied free of charge and is easy to use. Each week, the volunteer measures the clarity of the water using a clear plastic tube called a secchi tube shown in this picture. Also recorded for each site

visit is a score for the appearance of the water and its suitability for recreation. Temperature can also be measured and recorded. The CSMP combines the knowledge and commitment of interested citizens with the technical expertise and resources of the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA). Volunteer stream monitors are a critical component of Minnesota’s Water Quality Strategy. The stream monitoring program has been in existence since 1998. Some of the first volunteers in the

state were in the Root River watershed. There are currently 21 volunteers monitoring 25 sites in the watershed. Current and past data for any monitoring site is available on line at the MN Pollution Control Agency website (http://cf.pca. state.mn.us/water/cmp/search.cfm ). For more information about the program, go to the website above, or contact the SWCD office at 507-765-3878 ext. 3. We all need clean water, and we are all part of the solution.

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erators (totaling 2MW)(figure 4) where it is used to produce electricity. The electricity is sold to the local utility. The Dane County Community Digester produces enough electricity to power approximately 2,500 homes. Following digestion, the digestate is sent to the solid/ liquid separator where the solids are removed by a centrifuge (the only one used in the Midwest) and the liquids are sent back to a holding tank. The liquids have enough nutrients left in them to provide the three dairies with a good source of fertilizer for their crops. This liquid is pumped

from the holding tank back to the three dairy farms through the underground pipes for the dairies to apply to their crops. The solids that are separated and dried (to remove the bacteria) by a dryer are sold for bedding and plant food. These solids are shipped out of the watershed the digester is located in to help remove the phosphorous from the watershed. What are the pros and cons of a community digester approach? A community digester approach is an option for facilities that are not large enough to produce the necessary feedstocks to achieve the economics of scale needed to be economically viable. However a community

digester project can have complications versus a single owned operation including ownership of manure, biosecurity issues, transport, legal responsibilities, permitting issues and many more which can make the system more complicated to negotiate. With the Dane County Community Digester, the three farms are contracted to provide their manure to the digester, and contracted to accept in return 100 percent of the separated liquid following digestion from the manure they supply. Clear Horizons LLC owns the biogas and electricity produced. Clear Horizons is tasked with maintaining and operating the digester (manned with person-

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Inhibitors Improve the Nitrogen Use Efficiency of Manure; 2) Sand-Laden Manure: Handling & Separation; 3) Variability in Manure Nutrient Content & Sampling Strategies for Various Management Systems; 4) Innovative Manure Application Methods to Improve Nutrient Utilization & Reduce Environmental Impact; and 5) Using Precision Manure Management to Improve Water Quality in TMDL-Identified Problem Areas. Overall the Midwest Manure Expo was a very fun filled and educational day for all who attended. I highly recommend that producers attend this in the future who are interested in new manure application technology and managing their manure in an economical and environmentally friendly way. You are bound to learn at least one new thing and maybe even win a door prize. February 26-27th will be the Midwest Manure Summit; check their website for details http:// www.midwestmanure.com/. The early registration deadline is February 18, 2013. Other upcoming meetings for livestock producers to attend entitled “Will Grid Soil Sampling Work for my Livestock Farm?” will be held on January 22nd at Good Times restaurant in Caledonia at 1pm and January 23rd at Lewiston Community Center at 10am. These meetings are put on by U of M Extension speaker Randy Pepin, Extension Educator. Contact Jake Overgaard Winona County Extension Educator to pre-register, over0128@ umn.edu or call 507-457-6440.

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nel nearly 24/7). The Dane County digester has overcome many obstacles and is currently operating to produce renewable energy from dairy manure and other feedstock that was once thought of as waste. A digester such as this has great potential in the Midwest to increase renewable energy production while reducing the environmental footprint of livestock facilities. Our trip to the Midwest Manure Expo on August 22nd was filled full of excitement and education. There were local representatives there from commercial applicators, equipment sales, Nutrient/Manure Management Plan writers, and Feedlot Officers. To name a few local reps: K&R Equipment, VCP Vorwerk Custom Pumping, Jon Schmitz Progressive Ag Center L.L.C. Nutrient Management Specialist, Virgina Westlie Goodhue Feedlot Officer, Katie Richards and Dawn Bernau, SE MN Nutrient Management Specialists. Local equipment sales and commercial applicators K&R Equipment had their equipment on display, and they were also featured in the manure pit agitation demonstration and liquid manure application demonstration (Figures 8 and 9). The expo also featured a solid manure application demonstration with around 25 different solid manure spreaders. The liquid manure application demonstration had six different applicators from drag line to tankers. There were several presentations at the expo. A few of the presentations that we attended were: 1) Can Nitrification

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How much water will a typical rain barrel hold? Most plastic barrels are 55-gallons drums. After installing the hardware, you can usually store about 50 gallons in each one. It doesn’t take long to fill a 55-gallon barrel. A home draining a 1000 ft² roof can produce 150 gallons of water in an average rainstorm. To maximize water storage, you can hook up more than one barrel together so when the first one is full, it spills into the next. Should I put my barrel on a base? A rain barrel will work without one, but if you need more water pressure, building a sturdy base is recommended. Keep in mind that one gallon of water weighs just over 8 pounds. Whatever you set it on or build needs to be strong enough to support the total weight of the barrel that is full with water (plan for a full weight of at least 400 pounds). How do I install the rain barrel? Your rain barrel needs to be near a downspout from a roof gutter system. Build or secure a base for the barrel before measuring the final height of the downspout. Cut off the downspout and attach an elbow or flexible extender so runoff flows directly over the rain barrel’s inlet basket. Another option is to use a downspout diverter which allows you to either direct water into the barrel, or back into the downspout. Do I need to clean it out and how often? We recommend cleaning the inside of the barrel at least once per year. Algae or bacteria may grow in the barrels over time, especially if water is not drained out on a regular basis. Usually a hose and a wet cloth is all that’s needed to wipe it out. A mild bleach rinse can be used when necessary; thoroughly rinse with clean water several times afterward. Can I leave my barrel outside in the winter? Barrels maintain themselves longer if they are brought inside during winter months before the first freeze. If you do leave it outside, it should be winterized and placed in a protected location. Be sure to drain all of the water out at the end of the season before the first hard freeze and cover. Do all the barrels look the same? All the barrels are similar, but there are usually subtle variations, such as the type of lid and the height and width dimensions. All of the rain barrels are recycled plastic drums with new hardware attachments. How can I paint or decorate a plastic barrel? Choose a paint that is formulated to bond to plastic. There are many colors, finishes and textures made for projects like this. If you use regular paint, lightly sand the barrel first and apply several coats. You can attach collage pictures, poster cut-outs or anything flat using utility glue. Apply a couple coats of spar polyurethane to help protect paint and other decorations. You can even glue glass and ceramic tiles to give your barrel a unique and creative look.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Harvest more sunshine year round: plant cover Feedlot/Nutrient update crops for healthier soils meetings Donna Rasmussen, Administrator Cover crops are grasses, legumes, forbs, or other plants established to control soil erosion, build organic matter, capture nutrients and carbon, reduce compaction, break weed and disease cycles, and provide supplemental forage. Cover crops play a significant role in keeping soil healthy. One of the most interesting things about soil health is the role of

organisms living in the soil that are essential for soil to perform its functions The organisms that live in the soil rely on growing roots to provide them with food. In return, they help the plants take up water and nutrients. Some of these organisms are fungi that produce glomalin, or the glue that holds soil together and gives it structure. When plant root growth stops, this process slows down or stops.

Planting a cover crop extends the growing season and keeps this process going. In effect, sunshine is being harvested to keep the soil healthy. Tillage also interrupts the production of glomalin, which explains why tilled soils have less structure than untilled soils leaving the soil doubly susceptible to erosion. Not only does tillage expose the bare soil to the energy of the raindrop but it has See SUNSHINE Page 11 

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Feedlot / Nutrient Update Meetings. The meetings will be held: February 26, 2013 (10:00 12:30 pm) in Rochester at the 4-H Building on the Olmsted County Fairgrounds. February 28, 2013 (12:30 3:00 pm) in Preston at Room 108 in the Fillmore County Office Building. Livestock operations of all sizes are encouraged to attend! A complete agenda for the meetings is shown below. These are free meetings with registration at the door.

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Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP) 2013 Do you have resource concerns on your farm? Are there things you’d like to change or do differently next year? Not a problem, sign up for the Environmental Quality Incentive Program. With EQIP, you sign up, develop a plan that addresses your farm’s resources issues, and NRCS can help you make that plan into a reality with financial and technical

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Lost Creek Hiking Trail is fun AND educational Riparian Buffer easement Rick Grooters, Conservation Park in Chatfield and runs west rie pasture. The goal of the trail dollars now available through for approximately 6 miles. It is is to provide residents and visiSpecialist The Lost Creek Hiking Trail open to the public but is limited tors opportunities for recreation RIM program was founded by a group of con- to hiking and snowshoeing as and education while enjoying the cerned people from Chatfield who wanted to give local citizens an opportunity to hike on a natural trail and learn about our environment. The group later formed a non-profit corporation called the Bluff Country Hiking Club. The Lost Creek Hiking Trail was the first major project of the group. The Bluff Country Hiking Club began working on the Lost Creek Hiking Trail in February of 2011 with the official opening in October of 2011. The trail starts at Groen

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Rick Grooters, Conservation Specialist Do you have Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres soon expiring? Do you want to improve the water quality on your farm and provide better habitat for the wildlife? Money is now available for riparian buffer easements through the Reinvest in Minnesota Riparian Buffer Easement program. The easements are permanent with the State of Minnesota and administered by the Board of Soil and Water Resources (BWSR) and implemented by the Soil and Water Conservation Districts (SWCD). The program targets creating native buffers on riparian land adjacent to public waters. The buffers will prevent sediment from entering streams and riv-

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ers which will enhance fish and wildlife habitat along with protecting our groundwater and wetlands. Buffer widths must be a minimum of 50 feet and can be up to 350 feet wide in frequently or occasionally flooded areas. The easements can be applied to current CRP contracts resulting in multiple payments. Payments are based on the Assessors Average Township Values (AATV) for cropland. If you are interested in the riparian buffer program or have any questions, contact Rick Grooters at 507-765-3878 ext 3 or stop in the SWCD office.

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Monday, January 21, 2013

Unique partnership forged to answer key water quality questions Kevin Kuehner, MN Dept. of Ag, and Joe Magee, SWCD Water Plan Coordinator Do you ever wonder how much sediment was lost from a field during last summer’s largest rainstorm or how runoff from an individual farm affects streams and rivers miles away? Do you want to know about the effectiveness of your management practices and how much soil and nutrients they keep in place? What about soil loss from non-agricultural areas such as woods and stream

banks? The Root River Field to Stream Partnership is attempting to answer these and other questions in a study in southeastern Minnesota. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is working with farmers, the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC), The Nature Conservancy, Fillmore and Mower County Soil and Water Conservation Districts, Monsanto, and academic researchers to better understand the impacts of agri-

cultural management practices on water quality. Partners are taking a comprehensive look at the Root River watershed by using multiple research tools at both small (50 acres) and large (3,750 acres) scales. Three areas were selected for this study: 1) South Branch of the Root River Headwaters-Mower County 2) Crystal Creek-Fillmore County and 3) Bridge Creek-Fillmore/Houston County. Within each of these areas there is at least one edge-of-field and one in-

stream water monitoring station. Together, project partners are addressing the following key questions: What is the range of sediment, nitrogen and phosphorus losses from agricultural fields on actual farms in southeast Minnesota? What are the long-term trends and relationships between specific farm management practices and water quality? How effective are new and existing Best Management Practices (BMPs)? Looking at the water quality impact of land use across onemillion acres in the Root River watershed is not an easy task. This type of project requires expertise and coordination between individuals and organizations. The partnership between farmers, farmer organizations, academia, state government, local government, private companies and

non-profits has been a critical component to the success experienced so far. NEW Check out a Video about the Root River Field to Stream Partnership! This recently created video features farmers talking about why they participate in water quality monitoring and the value they see in this program. This video includes short interviews and amazing footage of the beautiful landscape in southeastern Minnesota. The first phase of this project will be completed in 2015 while the study will continue over the next decade. To view the video, obtain more information and read a summary of initial results visit the project website at www. mda.state.mn.us/cwf/rrpartnership. For more information, please contact:

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Farm Cooperators Kent Dornink and Richard Johnson with MDA Commissioner Dave Fredrickson. Photos submitted

Agricultural Best Management Practices (Ag BMP) low interest loans Anne Koliha, Feedlot Engineering Technician Loan dollars are available to help correct existing water quality problems and used to restore or protect water quality. At an interest rate of 3 percent and for a term of 5 to 10 years, many local lenders participate in this program to assist landowners in protecting our water quality. Eligible practices include: •Feedlot fixes •Manure handling equipment •Conservation practices (Terraces, Waterways, Grade Stabilization Structures) •Conservation Equipment (no-till equipment) •Replacement of Failing Septic systems •Sealing of wells •Well Replacement

•Variable Rate Technology •Secondary Fuel Containment To start the loan application process, bring in a written estimate for the project to be completed and fill out an application at the Fillmore SWCD office. You are required to start the loan application process to secure funds at the Fillmore SWCD office before any work begins. Once the loan application is complete at the SWCD office you will then go to one of the participating program lenders to finish up the details and terms of the loan with them. These funds are limited each year so they are on a first-come, first serve basis. For further information or to apply for the loan please contact Anne Koliha or Donna Rasmussen at the Fillmore SWCD Office at 507-765-3878 ext 3.

Mike Frauenkron, Fillmore County Feedlot Officer Welcome to a New Year 2013. After a long medical absence from the Feedlot Office it is great to be back. It is that time of year again when Feedlots that re-registered in 2009 have to update their Registrations again this year. The Feedlot Office will send out all registra-

tions that need to be updated in the mail along with a letter of explanation of what to do. Make any corrections if needed. You will need to sign and date the form and send it back to the Feedlot Office at Zoning/ Feedlot Office, 101 Fillmore St., Preston, MN 55965. Any questions please phone 507765-2539.

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lost its structure and resiliency reducing its ability to resist erosion. The most vulnerable time for soil erosion is after a crop is harvested until a canopy can form the following growing season. With most of the cropping systems in this region, this vulnerability is most pronounced in the fall until early summer, almost half the year, which is also the time when heavy rainfall is most likely. Look at a field harvested for corn silage, canning crops or soybeans and note the amount of bare soil that is visible. Having a living cover on the ground during this time can significantly reduce the risk of erosion plus

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provide the benefits mentioned above. Winter rye has been a popular choice for a cover crop because of its ability to grow even under very cool conditions. It germinates and grows quickly with adequate moisture and good soil contact. The growth above ground may not look like much in the fall because most of the energy of the plant is going into producing roots. However, in the spring, it is easy to spot those fields with winter rye because they are a brilliant green when everything else is still brown. Winter rye seeded in the fall can be grazed the following spring which allows more time for forage in permanent pastures to become better established. Rye that is allowed to

grow in the spring can also be harvested for forage. In effect, cover crops “harvest more sunshine” and increase the number of months that the land is productive. New combinations of cover crops are incorporating things such as tillage radishes and turnips to break up soil compaction, or legumes to fixate nitrogen for later crops. Some producers prefer to use oats, which winter kills, eliminating the need for mechanical or chemical control in the spring. Alternative methods for seeding are also being tried, such as the use of a highboy, airplane, or helicopter to seed into a standing crop, or incorporating the seed into fall fertilizer applications to eliminate an extra trip across the field.

There are financial incentives for planting cover crops offered through a variety of programs. Anyone who is interested in

planting cover crops should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3.

Cover crop of oats and radishes 23 days after seeding following corn silage harvest. Photo submitted

Two $500 scholarships offered by Fillmore SWCD Jeanette Serfling, Administrative Assistant Each year the Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District offers a $500 scholarship to a Fillmore County graduating high school senior. To be eligible the student must be pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field. In 2012, the Fillmore SWCD awarded a $500 scholarship to Kingsland High School senior Shannon Jo Merkel of Spring Valley who plans to pursue a

degree in Agriculture or Business. The District also offers a $500 scholarship to a Fillmore County college sophomore, junior, or senior who will be returning to school in the fall. To be eligible the student must also be pursuing a degree in Natural Resources, Agriculture or related field, and not be a prior scholarship recipient. A $500 scholarship was awarded in 2012 to returning college student, Kristi Thompson of Chatfield, currently a

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Resource Conservation Means to Me”. Scholarship applications may be picked up at the SWCD office located at 900 Washington Street NW in Preston or are available online at www. fillmoreswcd.org. Applications must be received in the SWCD office by 4:00 p.m. on March 29, 2013 for high school students and July 26, 2013 for returning college students. For more information, call the SWCD office at (507) 765-3878 ext. 3.

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turkey. olWOODS •For book lovers, select a ving ator and replac , lowly Registratio 21 Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educs ume by local authors, includ nal traits are sex-limitedexpressed is $80 before Jan. 15 or $100 after Continued from Page l history. l information for Fillmore/Houston Countie heritable and some are for their cookbooks and loca lud- Jan. 15. Additiona is available at be wowed The production of crossbred Root River Lure crafted •Art lovers will quite late in life. This has prec conference Joni Finnegan calves yields advantages in both ed replacement heifer selection on about the astate.edu/beef . Regisfavorite fish. young and by an affordable genetic www.aep.i •Aprons, for those heterosis and reproduction. these traits, and frustrated l open for the conference cook. picto the antagonism tration wil baby in old who love the blending of progress. In fact, the product •Is there a on Dec. 1. •The most popular about a lovingly knit desirable traits rminal and some mater- The Driftless Region Beef Conture? How between te by led be cherished and from two or at LL is the recycled jewelry sponsored by the Uninal and calving traits may have earrings baby hat to as positive ference is Tammy Rice—funky more breeds. Extension, Iowa to negative progress, ner passed down? can versity of Illinois Extension and themed However, the and bracelets made from in. •Select a set of locally selection on the terminal traits on the State University tubes, wires, nuts and bolts is and handmade cards. After all, largest ecoresult in negative selection sug- Outreach, the University of Minnd been •Jewelry from scrabble tiles d University of nomic benefit everyone needs a supply to se maternal traits. It has cers nesota Extension, an . The planning you notes after the of crossbreed- Jerrold Tesmer also a big hit. gested that U.S. cow-calf produ lly con- their thank Wisconsin Extension ecologica economic the in merrelative •For ing to com should have a strives to deliver the latest natural holidays. e gift shops cial producers percent on repro- team cerned, Nearbayou information regardique Plenty of other fin cows emphasis of 47 growth, research-based For laundry soap and a set of uns, all abound in nearly every town. comes from having crossbred duction, 24 percent on ing the beef cattle industry. s. make your for multiple reasons. to arcass trait out dishtowels and washcloth rcent on c or to receive a them n Check by •Maternal heterosis improves and 30 pe these advantages, why more informatio hand made. So with all contact Denise Schwab n local gift stand out this year and brochure, your ow we weaning to practice t lover or area ty r at special •For a pe calf survivabili doesn’t every cattleman e classes reflecting this at 319-721-9624 or Jerry Tesme pet, try dog obedienc Gobbles call home. ing to capture the added 507-765-3896 or 507-725-5807. increases calf weaning weight. it improve- crossbreed from A Dog Spot or dried •Crossbred cows exhib four value of heterosis? from Mary made from ments in calving rate of nearly vity Dr. Matt Spangler, UniverCatch up with percent and an increase in longehet- sity of Nebraska-Lincoln; Brian Angus in of more than one year due to the Journal McCullough, Woodhill Houston Rushford ; and Dale Green, Casta507-896-3147 erosis. Wisconsin 507-864-7733 in increases • Local Features •Heterosis results in approxi- lia, Iowa seedstock producer, will Grove of • Government News Caledonia Spring discussion on this lifetime productivity 507-498-5321 pounds have a panel 507-725-3306 • Classifieds mately one calf and 600 over the topic at the upcoming Driftless and • And More of calf weaning weight Region Beef conference Jan. 31 a. Pet Foods with the balanced uque, Iow the cow. — County Journal need 13, in Dub lifetime of pets Fillmore healthy Feb. 1, 20 nutrition happy, ave positive will begin at 1 P: 507.765.2151 • F: 507.765.2468 •Crossbreeding can h om by The conference E: news@fillmorecountyjournal.c m Red Flannel • Exclusive • Diamond effects on a ranch’s bottom line and p.m. on Jan. 31 and run until W: www.fillmorecountyjournal.co Acres not only increasing the quality ced 11:45 a.m. on Feb. 1. Thursday’s tuffy’s • Sportmix • Country on focus will your Share gross pay weight of calves produility afternoon program thoughts at www.fillmorecountyjournal.com rostages of p ncy at all but also by increasing the durab cow fac- feed efficie discusand productivity of the duction, with an evening versus wilD birD bloCkS straight tory. VE sion focused on Feed wE HA ATING ost economic value to OF Friday morning’s Traits of m 5 lb. bags of PUriNA BIRd LETE LINE are crossbreeding. HE COMP MOST l, self-replacing herds three breakout EST RIDING. commercia wood llETs! WORKING. SMOOTH e at program includes perations and pE 100 YearsHARDEST r feedlot o reproductive traits including ag Products — for Over ve success sessions fo first calving, reproducti Quality Service, Quality

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