NDSU Extension - Ramsey County


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January 11, 2010 Ag Column


I don’t know if time is flying or other activities keep us in a different world but here we are; Lake Region Extension Roundup has come and gone and next year’s planning has already started.  Speaking of Lake Region Extension Roundup, I would like to THANK everyone that attended the two day informational event.  The first day attendance was absolutely unbelievable and the second day was even more unbelievable, due to the weather forecast.  Even the weather man (Leon Osborne) made his presence.  I asked him what the forecast held for the day and he looked at me and said snow.  All of the sessions were very full with the exception of a couple on Wednesday and I think weather had more to do with that than anything.  The help I received from all of the surrounding extension folks was very much appreciated and cleanup was done in record time. 

Just a few notes about Lake Region Extension Roundup; the first topic was our featured speakers.  Mike Krueger (Money Farm) and Leon Osborne (weather man) had great attendance both days which told me producers are always thinking ahead of their marketing plans and also what the weather will provide for a crop to sell.  I would use this information in your best judgment but the information provided would certainly make you think about what you have done and seen and what you might see in the future.  There was some interesting comments about crop quality and production, throughout the two day session) which may have changed some planting intentions.  I heard several people talking about different strategies.  One producer asked what would happen to the prevent plant acres if we had a persistent wet spring, another producer asked about the nitrogen use in the different crops.  One producer asked to continue on with a GDD’S monitor of Ramsey County.  There was a session on farm fuel tank requirements that had people thinking about their farm fuel storage plans and another session that dealt with land negotiations (This Room was packed). 

I would like to thank all of the sponsors that provided meals and breaks for the two day Roundup.  Without your help this event would not be what it would be today.  There were also hospitality businesses that provided door prize drawings for the event that people waited to hear their name be drawn.  I would also like to thank those chamber members that provided the noon lunch, on Tuesday.  They always do a very good job and have a little fun doing it.

One last thank you to Cindy Olson, Ross Olson and Bonita Knatterud for all of their pre Roundup help of organizing the little things and Ross for his energy in helping setup and take down.


February 10          Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual
                             meeting & Ed Usset (University of
                             Minnesota, marketing specialist)

February 2            Private Fumigation (Devils Lake)

February 9            Commercial  

March 15             Private Pesticide training (Devils Lake 6-9 pm)

March 20             Gardening Saturday

March 29             Private Pesticide training (Devils Lake 6-9 pm)



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