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February 13, 2012 Agriculture Column


Well it felt more like old man winter on Friday and Saturday but Sunday certainly warmed up very nice.  I was in Detroit Lakes over the weekend and they have quite a bit more snow than we do and also have a fair bit more ice on the lakes than we do.  I am not saying that the lakes are all safe but certainly the lakes we fished did have very sufficient ice conditions. 

Every year I always find myself wondering about certain things and one of those “wondering thoughts” is it seems Minnesota cattle have a tendency to be a bit less quality than what we raise here.  I was to the cattle sale last week and our producers have done a tremendous job improving cow herd genetics and a quality calf crop.  Jim Zeigler and I talked about that last week how things have really changed since I was in the cattle business.  Jim has done a tremendous job of not only improving the facility, from the days of old, to obtaining quality cattle buyers and of course livestock prices don’t hurt either.  Back to the first comment on cattle.  I saw several bunches of cattle in the trees and finally figured out why the quality is better, better feed is the number one culprit.  The hay there is a wetter hay meaning the hay has less nutrients for a quality feeding program and secondly with the very small pastures, hay meadows and pastures producers cannot afford the top 10% of the bull sale bulls.  Every once in a while we find deals in the lower end of a bull sale but true top genetics are usually found in the high end of the sale showcase.

I know some or all of you are going to say that this is a repeat of last week’s edition and I will say that you are absolutely right.  I want to make sure that all of you are aware of the Annual Ramsey County Crop Improvement meeting coming up on Thursday, February 16th

Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual meeting 

The Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual meeting will be held on February 16th at the K.C Hall, in Devils Lake.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 with speakers addressing tiling saline areas.  Hans Kandel (NDSU Extension agronomist) will talk about salinity and how tiling can/could help alleviate salinity.  Tom Scherer (NDSU Extension water quality engineer) will talk about design and other issues facing tiling saline areas.  Roxanne Johnson (NDSU Extension water quality associate) will address water quality issues with tiling.  Jason Sieler (Resource Conservationist) will visit about rules and regulations from the NRCS side.  If time allows I will give an update on the saline project at Edmore. 

This will be followed by a noon sponsored meal.  At approximately 12:45 we will begin our annual meeting.  At 1pm we will hold our only commodity election (Wheat commodity election).  The day should conclude by 1:30.  Coffee and rolls will be served beginning at 9 am.  Hope tosee you there.




            February 16                 Annual Ramsey County Crop Improvement meeting

            March 1                       Commercial ag pest, right of way, seed treatment

            March 13                     Private Pesticide training           Hampden

            March 27                     Private Pesticide training           Devils Lake

            April 10                        Private Pesticide training           Devils Lake


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