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January 25, 2010 Ag Column

Howdy!!!

The weather is sure not very fun this morning, as I type this column.  The snow we did get, before this windy day, was very wet and will definitely add to the water problem this spring.  We all surely know we do not have the need for any more snow but that is part of the nature of winter especially with the typical snow month of March.  Calving season will be beginning for many cattle producers in the next month and some nice days ahead would be very welcome.  The other thing more snow does will add to the dilemma of what to plant this spring.  The market place will play a much larger part of the decision along with the normal rotational practices that occur but weather will play a part.  We have prevent plant acres, from this past spring, that did not get planted and many of those acres are very wet to the point of many acres not being soil sampled last fall.  If we get another wet spring, this will likely remove more acres from the planted acre list, in our area, to add to the other prevent plant acres.  Time and weather will only tell.

Ramsey County Crop Improvement Annual meeting

The annual Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual meeting is fast approaching Wednesday, February, 10.  The meeting will begin at 9:30 am and conclude with a sponsored noon lunch.  We will hold our annual election of the board of directors, conduct normal meeting agenda items and will also hold our commodity elections that are expiring this year.  Those commodities needing a district representative is a Barley representative, Corn representative and Sunflower representative.  If you are interested in representing our county in one of these commodities please throw your name in the hat.  The elections will take place at 11 am. 

We will also have Ed Usset present for his take on the marketing scheme for 2010.  If you remember, we had Ed here three years ago with fabulous success.  Ed presents marketing in a form that everyone can relate too.  Ed is from the University of Minnesota and serves as their Marketing guru.  If you would like to hear him present his take on the markets please plan on attending this meeting on February 10.

This meeting is open to all producers, and remember, Ramsey County Crop Improvement does not have a membership fee.  The board adopted this policy several years ago and is good for all county producers.  See you on February 10 9am for coffee and rolls.

I would also like to remind any of you that are interested in either getting recertified in the use of Pesticide (private) or would like to get a private certification please call our office or stop by and we will get you all taken care of.  We are offering two evening sessions this winter, as you can see below.  This is our low number year, the reason for both meetings in Devils Lake and in the evening.

  Calendar

 February 10        Ramsey County Crop Improvement annual 
                            meetingEd 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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