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February 3, 2014 Agriculture Column

G’ Morning!!!



A nice weekend and if you are a Seattle Seahawk fan, a great weekend.  I was and have been a Seahawk fan but was very surprised by the outcome and more importantly how well the defense played.  They do have a very good defense and a young team, besides.  Hope it does not go to their heads and they start looking for greener pastures.  Greener pastures brings another subject and that is the cattle market.  I attended the Bred Cow sale, at Lake Region Livestock on Saturday, and cattle producers are banking on green pastures this summer and fall.  The bred cow and heifers sold very well and of course we are also getting close to our normal calving season so some of the feed costs have been absorbed helping defray the costs.  There was a full house in attendance and bidding was very active.

Ramsey County Crop Improvement Annual meeting!!

The Ramsey County Crop Improvement will hold its annual meeting on Thursday, February 13th, at the K.C. Hall.  The evening will begin with supper at 6 p.m.  Leon Osborne will visit with at 6:45 about expectations of what the weather might have in store for us over the next growing period.  He is always a good listen and has been quite accurate with his weather forecast.  The general meeting will begin about 7:30 with Commodity elections slated to begin at 7:45.  The Commodities which we will be hosting for election this year will be: Corn, Canola, Barley and Dry Pea/Lentils.  If you are interested in running for one of these, as our county representative, or know of someone that would be interested please make your thoughts known to someone.  The elected county representative will be eligible to be a candidate for the District position which in turn places that person on the state board.  I look forward to seeing many of you there as we have changed our format to an evening to try to accommodate more producers to attend.

Elgin HRSW!!

The Ramsey County Crop Improvement association has Registered Elgin HRSW for sale.  The allotment was grown by two producers last year and appears to be a good yielder and a very good protein compliment compared to other high yielding varieties like Faller and Prosper.  Elgin would make a nice compliment to the high yielders as it would take some pressure off of the protein side of things.  Elgin will likely be 4-6 bushels less than Faller but should have a ½-1 point higher protein than Prosper.  If you are a Glenn grower you should take at look at this variety as it will out yield Glenn and be a much easier wheat to harvest.  Elgin is $14.30/bushel, this price is set by the state Crop Improvement association and can be asked for through our office.  We do ask for a deposit of $1.00.  Elgin will be available to county growers until February 15th at which time it will then be available to anyone across the state. 

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