DL News Staff
ST. PAUL -- Minnesota farmers and ranchers will be able to make offers for Conservation Reserve Program's competitive general sign-up, March 27-April 14. The sign-ups will occur at county Farm Service Agency offices. Offers for general sign-up will be evaluated based on five environmental factors and cost. The environmental factors are wildlife, water, soil, air and enduring benefits. Contracts on approximately 7,500 acres of CRP in Minnesota will expire Sept. 30. This land may be offered for re-enrollment under signup 33.
The use of the soil nitrate test can be a key management tool for corn producers in western Minnesota. The nitrate-N soil test is particularly useful for conditions where elevated residual nitrate-N is suspected. Factors such as previous crop, soil texture, manure history and preceding rainfall can have a significant effect on accumulation of residual N. For this test, soil should be collected from a depth of 6-24 inches in addition to the regular 0-6 inch sample.
Including grasses in some of your new alfalfa seedings is worth considering. Years ago, mixing grasses with alfalfa was standard practice, whether seeding an oat companion crop and/or including timothy or smooth bromegrass with the under-sown alfalfa. The increased availability of grass herbicides and the evolution of how we estimate forage quality contributed to the movement away from grasses towards alfalfa monocultures. However, recent developments in forage testing and some frustrations with alfalfa winter injury have helped restore the respect that grasses somewhat unfairly lost.
The following are daily future price settlements on near-contracts for grain, livestock and dairy commodities for the week of March 17-23. Minneapolis spring wheat, May contract; Friday $4.06 1/4; Monday $3.99 3/4; Tuesday $4.03 1/2; Wednesday $4.05; Thursday $3.95 1/2. Chicago corn, May contract; Friday $2.21 1/2; Monday $2.18 1/4; Tuesday $2.23 1/2; Wednesday $2.22 1/2; Thursday $2.19 1/4. Chicago soybeans, May contract; Friday $5.76 1/2; Monday $5.72 1/2; Tuesday $5.75 1/4; Wednesday $5.77; Thursday $5.74 3/4. Chicago live cattle, April contract; Friday $83.02; Monday $83.35
Andrews 50th The family of Marvin and Lorraine Andrews invite you to help celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary and Lorraine's 80th birthday at an open house, Sunday, April 2, 2-4 p.m. at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, Detroit Lakes. Please, no gifts.
JOHNSON -- a girl, Kayleigh May; born March 17, 2006, weighing 6 lbs. 10 oz. to Lacey Fairchild and Michael Johnson Jr.
Anderson on dean's list Lindsey Anderson, daughter of Bonnie Danzeisen and Glenn Anderson are proud to announce Lindsey has made the dean's list at St. Cloud Technical College. Lindsey is currently pursuing her associates in arts degree. Recruit St. Michel completes course Navy Constructionman Recruit Gayle S. St. Michel, daughter of Beth A. Somerville of Frazee and Jeffery W. St. Michel of Fargo recently completed the Basic Engineering Aid Course.
FOX -- a boy, Christian Michael; born March 14, 2006, weighing 8 lbs. 7 oz. to Erica Wytaske and Michael Fox.
BUCK -- a boy, Daniel Brian; born March 15, 2006, weighing 7 lbs. 9 oz. to Melissa and Brian Buck.