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Producers from Big Stone County roots throughout the entire growing strations and tests including the rainfall and the surrounding area recently par- season. He utilizes grazing livestock simulator to demonstrate run-off and ticipated in the Big Stone County Soil such as beef cattle, sheep, pasture pigs, infiltration rate on different residue Health Producer Tour, Aug. 24-25. and pasture chickens on most of his covers. Another test included the Thirty-two participants traveled to farm fields. This has enabled him to de- Solvita Test to determine carbon in the Burleigh County, North Dakota to crease his inputs of fertilizer, chemi- soil. Jay has been a career NRCS era- learn about soil health. The theme of cals, and even animal vaccines because ployee and had spent the first half of the tour was "See the Difference, Be the animals are healthier from routinely his career constructing erosion control the Difference". The group was given being on new forage, practices such as grass waterways and a tour of the Bismarck USDA-NRCS Gabe stressed that we can't make water and sediment basins. He ex- Plant Materials Center by Wayne more soil and we have to take care of plained to the group that after years of Duckwitz, Plant Materials Center Man- the soil we have. By creating healthy watching these practices merely serve ager, and Nancy Jensen, Agronomist. soils we will be able to produce as 'bandaids' to solve conservation The Center has released over 40 im- healthy, nutritious crops with added challenges, he learned that what we proved conservation plants including value to feed a growing global popula- need to fix is infiltration. This can be varieties of blue grama, buffalograss, tion. done by building healthy soils with or- western wheatgrass, Indian grass, The following day was spent tour- ganic matter and reducing tillage. Par- switchgrass as well as several tree and ing the Menoken Farm with Jay Fuhrer, ticipants on the tour were able to share shrub varieties. The group learned North Dakota USDA-NRCS Soil experiences, network, and take home about the development of new varieties Health Specialist. Jay covered the five ideas to enhance soil health on their for conservation plantings and toured principles of healthy soil including: 1) own operation. many plots including a new plot of keep the soil covered as much as pos- The tour was sponsored/supported winter hardy cover crops, sible, 2) disturb the soil as little as pos- by: Millbom Seeds, Prairie Creek The day concluded with a tour of sible, 3) keep plants growingSeed, Agassiz Seed, Big Stone County Gabe Brown's operation and ranch, throughout the year to feed the s0il, 4) Water Plan, Mycogen Seeds, Big Stone Gabe is a cover crop expert who has diversify as much as possible using County Pheasants Forever Chapter, been using cover crops for the past 25 crop rotation and cover crops, and 5) CHS-Border States, Mustang Seeds, years. He has increased his soil organic integrate livestock grazing. Jay ex- Centrol, Big Stone SWCD, and matter from an average of 1.8 percent plained the carbon cycle and the impor- USDA-NRCS. For more information to over 8 percent, and has set a goal of tance of a carbon to nitrogen ratio to on building healthy soils, please con- 12 percent soil organic matter. He con- feed soil microorganisms and begin to tact your local USDA-NRCS Field Ofo tinually plants cover crops and believes build soil health, rice. in feeding his soil by having living Jay performed a series of demon- I Burteigfi County I Soil Conservation District ~%; ~ ! ei ~%:!:~: ,: :~ :::::: .................... ---Menoken Farm-- BIG STONE COUNTY HEALTH PRODUCER TOUR was held Aug. 24-25 in North Dakota. Those attending are pictured above. In front kneeling, left to right, are Krecia Leddy-Big Stone County NRCS, Jay Fuhrer-ND NRCS Soil Health Specialist and Gary Hoffman-Big Stone County NRCS. Second row, left to right, are Ron Schumacher, Tammy Schumacher, Stephanie Schumacher, Sharon Beitelspacher of Bowdle, SD, Hillary Chase, Wanda Holker, Kristi Erickson, Kenny Chase, Randy Nessman, Todd Dybdahl, Eldon Knutson, Scott Davis of Agassiz Seed, Erick Klepel, Rosemarie Hendrickson and Burton Hendrickson of Lac Qui Parle Co. NRCS. Back row, left to right, are Karl Dallefeld of Prairie Creek Seed, Bill Moberg, Dan Moberg, Evan Holker, Rick Wilkening, Justin Fruechte of Millborn Seeds, Randy Erickson, Mark Chase, Randy Nessman, Jon Bork, Justin Pederson of Millborn Seeds, Dan Morrill-Big Stone SWCD Supervisor, Don Sherman, Blayne Johnson-Big Stone SWCD, Ed Radermacher, Chris Prochnow of Agassiz Seed, Beau Peterson-Big Stone SWCD and Paul Maas. Ill I, '~ I~'I~i~DAKOTA~NRCS'SOIL HEAi.TH SPECiALISTjAY FUHi~ER discusses cover crops and building s0il organic matter. Fuhrer hosted the tour of the Menoken Farm in Burleigh County, North Dakota. .... Minnesota corn farmers will once • Maintaining or improving water put their own ideas to the test and ex- again have the opportunity put their in- quality amine how other farmers in Minnesota novative conservation ideas into ac- • Innovative soil conservation prac- might be able to replicate that idea on tion through the Minnesota Corn tices, or their farm. Growers Association's (MCGA) Con- • Comparing and contrasting the "We know there are great new ideas servation Innovation Grant Program. measurable values of large data set de- out there and we want to assist thoo,~ Proposals on how to better manage ni- cision tools, farmers to develop them and discover trogen, protect water quality, or com- "These innovation grants areagreat better options forMinnesotacomfarrn- pare farming measuring tools are being opportunity for Minnesota farmers to ing," Meints said. accepted through Dec. 15. develop and showcase their ideas to The deadline to apply is 3 p.m. on MCGA, working alongside the better manage nitrogen and reduce loss Dec. 15. Successful and non-successful Minnesota Corn Research & Promo- towards protecting water quality," said applicants will be notified by March tion Council (MCR&PC), is offering a Dr. Paul Meints, MCGA's Research 15, 2017. total of $255,000 in Conservation In- Director. For additional details about the pro- novation Grants to any Minnesota corn Corn farmers in Minnesota support gram, including a complete application farmer seeking to test or develop an in- about $4 million every year through re- packet, go and novative or best practice in the follow- spected research institutions like the click on "Research RFPs" under the re- ing areas: University of Minnesota to address is- search menu. Applicants can also con- . Nitrate loss reduction sues that corn farmers are facing every tact Dr. Paul Meints at (952) 460-3601 • Improved nitrogen management day. The Conservation Innovation or practices for Minnesota soils Grant Program would allow farmers to ORTONVILLE CLASS OF 1996 received the Ortonville School Foundation Participation Award for most class- mates golfing in this year's A+ Tournament. The tournament was held on Friday, Aul~. 19, at the Ortonville Golf Course. Pictured above, in front left to right, are Jon Dahl, Shawna (Cameron) Carfin, Isaiah Longnecker, Heidi (Lindquist) Bucher and Artie Arndt. Back row, left to right, are Matt Block, Monica Adelman, Heidi (Sherod) Meis- ter, Tony Karels, Ross Reiffenberger, Jim Oldenkamp, Tom Graham and Travis Scoblic. Governor Mark Dayton has issued Executive Order 16-07, requiring the state to take specific actions to reverse the decline of bees and other pollinator populations that play a crucial role in agriculture and food production. Polli- nator populations, critical to our state's $90 billion agricultural sector, have been in decline in Minnesota over the past decade. "Bees and other pollinators play a critical role in supporting both our en- vironment, and our economy," said Governor Mark Dayton. "This order directs state government to take imme- diate action to alleviate the known risks that pollinators face. It also will create a new taskforce to study the issues im- pacting pollinators and recommend long-term solutions." The Governor's order follows the completion of a Special Registration Review of Neonicotinoid Pesticides conducted by the Minnesota Depart- ment of Agriculture that outlines action steps for minimizing the impact of pes- ticide use in the state. Executive Order 16-07 requires the Department of Agriculture to immedi- ately initiate action steps, which in- clude requiring verification that the application of neonicotinoid pesticides is made due to an imminent threat of significant crop loss, reviewing pesti- cide product labels and implementing appropriate Minnesota-specific restric- tions on their use, increasing enforce- ment of label requirements for pesticides that are acutely toxic to pol- linators, and to continue developing and promoting best management prac- tices designed to protect and enhance pollinator health in Minnesota. "Pollinators are vital to agriculture and agriculture is a vital to the state of Minnesota," said Agriculture Commis- sioner Dave Frederickson. "The Gov- ernor's action today underscores how important it is for the state to be a leader in the response to protect our pollinator population." The Governor's order further re- quires the State Department of Admin- istration to lead by example and take immediate steps to support pollinator health on state property. "The Governor's actions today will mean that products and plants pur- chased by the state for use on public property reflect environmentally friendly business practices," said Ad- ministration Commissioner Matt Mass- man. "Our initial steps to protect pollinator health will provide the tools for state employees to lead the way in ensuring our workplaces and practices are pollinator-friendly and protective of their vital role in Minnesota's envi- ronment and economy." Executive Order 16-07 also includes the following: • The Environmental Quality Board PEOPLE WHO READ NEWSPAPERS ARE It all starts with Newspapers is required to create an Interagency is required to restore, protect, and en- Pollinator Protection Team that will de- hance pollinator habitat on state-owned velop statewide pollinator goals and re- transportation properties and rights of port annually on those goals; way. • The Department of Natural Re- A Governor's Committee on Polli- sources is required to develop strate- nator Protection also will be estab- gies to minimize pesticide use, lished to advise the Governor and state maximize restoration, and improve agencies on pollinator policies and pro- management of pollinator habitat on grams. Up to 15 members will be ap- land administered by the agency; pointed to ensure that Minnesota • The Board of Soil and Water Re- citizens have a seat at the table in shap- sources is required to incorporate pol- ing the solutions that will ensure a linator habitat into wetland protection healthy pollinator population and the and restoration programs, agricultural continued strength of our agriculture conservation practices, and urban economy. Applications will be ac- water quality projects; and . cepted through the Secretary of State's • The Department of Transportation open appointments process. II • Tanning • Nails • Waxing • Facials • Eyelash Extensions MONDAY y EVERY MOHOAY 605-432-6187 ESTATE OF HARVEY WELLNITZ PERSONAL PROPERTY ABSOLUTE AUCTION Featuring antique items & nice JD ZTRAK Riding Mower TUES., SEPT. 13, 2016 - 4:30 PM CST AUCTION LOCATION: From MIIbank, SD, 15 mi. S. on Hwy. 15, then 5 ml. E. on Hwy 20 (ONSITE at 16454 483rd Ave., Revlllo, SD.) OR 1.5 miles east of Revillo, SD on Hwy 20, then ~,~ ml. south on 483rd Ave. Signs posted. JD ZTRAK MOWER - YARD ITEMS - FARM & SHOP ITEMS - TOOLS JD Model 275 3-pt. snow blower, good; Caldwell Mod. TL C28-1012 grain blower & 5 HP-220 volt motor; JD ZTRAK zero-turn riding mower, "Z-Tren comm.", 23 HP, 54" mower deck, 3806 hrs., always kept inside; JD A18 elec. power washer; Blizzard by Murray, 8 HP, 27" SP snow blower; Handy lawn sprayer; Weed Trim 22" walk-behind weed eater; weed sprayer; Magna Force 6 Y= HP upright air compressor; Sanborn "DiaI-O-Metic" air compressor; Huskee air compressor; older arc welder w/leads & (2) welding helmets; Knipco kerosene heater; newer kerosene heater; HD !/=~ elec. drill; 6" bench grinder' sev. sets of sockets & tool boxes; (2) 24" levels; (2) leg vises; miter saw; sev. hardware bins; elec, supplies; +100-ft. of HD 220-volt ext. cord; 300 gal. fuel tank on stand; lots of perforated galv. deck material; 4" & 6" augers for grain bin; and other unlisted items. ANTIQUES - COLLECTIBLES - HOUSEHOLD Very nice heavy oak library table w/paw feet; slant front oak desk/secretary; walnut Eastlake dresser w/mirror,, hanky drawers & candle stick shelves, painted; photo eak dresser w/mirror; set of six matching eak dining chairs; Bendix console radio; (2) antique trunks, ene wooden; blond oak desk; (1-) 5-gal. & (1) 10-gal. cream cans w/lids "Marietta Cry Ce."; 2-gal, salt glaze crock; 2-gal. RW crock, Ig. wing; (2) 1-gal. crocks; Ig. crock bowl; amber-based Aladdin kerosene lamp w/chimney; very Ig. bread dough pan w/lid; jar of old buttons; some old fruit jars; old framed picture; Whirlpool HD clothes washer & dryer; (2) bedroom sets, complete w/dbL beds & dressers; dresser & chest of drawers; nice brown leather sofa; dining table & chairs; sev. sets of end tables; other household items including small appliances, etc. TERMS: Cash-Check w/ID ID Required to Register VIS/VMAsTERcARD NOTE: This is not a large auction, but the quality of items will make it worth your time to attend. ! Photos on Property inspection until 6:00 PM if you are interested. i OWNER: ESTATE OF HARVEY D. WELLNITZ Donald Wellnitz, Personal Representative ~’,A/, ~ - =’’K1/. ~ P,O. ]~ex 1867 • It~pkl CIvT, SD ~T/09 SD- NE- W*J'- MT Page 12 Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2016