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Cost of Prod available for uction program area ag produce rs Farmers can explore ideas that can lead to greater efficiency and increased profit during the 2011 Cost of Production program in Milbank, SD. The sessions will be held as part of the 63rd Annual Grant County Farm and Home Show,Friday, Jan. 14 and are sponsored by members of the Cooperative Extension Service. Producers can attend any or all of the free sessions including informa- tion about plant populations, fertilizer costs and soil sampling, and other ele- ments vital to showing a profit, including changes in crop insurance. All sessions will be held in the Milbank High School theatre. "Plant Variability and Plant Spacing" begins at 10:30 a.m. and will be presented by Kim McGraw, Clark County Extension Educator, Agronomy. Producers have the poten- tial to increase corn yields and plant performance just by paying attention to the planter and the corn plant spac- ing thru out the field. Unevenly spaced plants can act like weeds, drawing nutrients and water away from neighboring plants. Plant spac- bushels per acre. "Fertilizer Cost and Soil Sampling" begins at 11:15 a.m. and will be presented by Paul Johnson, Codington County Extension Educator, Agronomy. The price of fer- tilizer has increased dramatically since last summer and there is no indi- cation that it will be dropping by spring. This talk will help the produc- er better understand how he can get the biggest bang for each dollar they invest to insure they are getting a good return on the fertilizer. There also will be information on how high fertilizer will need to go before we start to cut back on amount supplied. "Cost of Production and Storage Costs, and an Overview of Changes in Crop Insurance" begins at 1 p.m. and will be presented by Don Guthmiller, Hamlin County Extension Educator, Farm Business. He will discuss 2011 Corn, Soybeans and Wheat Cost of Production and look at two crop com- parisons using an Excel spreadsheet that is be available for producers to use. Pre-registration is not required, but WINNER OF $50 IN CHRISTMAS SCRIP on Saturday, Dec. 18 ing can easily be determined in the wouldbe appreciated. For moreinfor- during the Ortonville Independent drawing was Nicole Hillman, left, of field after the plants emerge. Repairs mation, or to pre-register, call the Ortonville. Nicole had registered at the VFW earlier in the week. and maintenance to corn planters Grant County Extension Office at Presenting her with her scrip is Val Henrichs of the Ortonville VFW. before the planting season can 605-432-9221, or email improve these spacing issues and have the potential tO increase yield by t : : City offerin,g free . :~!~~ :::~, ::~i~i~i~ !.{i~ ~: . ,~" :::/;.::.):.-. :::::: energy sav=ng light bulbs ~ ~"~:~::~ :::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::: : :~)::~:::: :~. .--k::~ii~iii~i~i{ ~ The Ortonville Municipal Utilities :=:'~.~ ::,~, is offering a gift of three free MN agency warns compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs-100 Watt). CFLs are energy :~ about gas meter efficient light bulbs that can save up I,JIMIIIll~ll ~kn m;Irlun to 75 percent in energy consumption snow With all the snow that's fallen on ) We'd 000 like to wish our loyal customers health, wealth, and love in the new year! Thanks for doing business with us! Lundberg Construction, Inc. Richard Lundberg Ortonville, MN 320-839-3540 ,~ / compared to standard incandescent fo brigh bulbs. Thank you r tening our CFLs last as much as 10 to 2 Theytimes longerare idealthanfortraditi nalplaces wherelighting'the ~ year with your business and we look lights are on for at least three hours a day or for difficult to reach areas. " forward to seeing you in 201 1. lightCFLS(lumens)Pr vide asthestandardSame amountbulbs, but f ~ " We will be closed the month of January, butW have lower wattage ratings, will open by appointment. Just be sure to call ahead. R AC Some CFLs may take up to 30 a '~ ~ seconds to come up to full 'i brightness, so don't get discouraged if they don't immediately seem as ~ tLIN( bright as your old bulbs, i @~:~ Stop at Ortonville City Hall at 315 ~", ~ iq Madison Avenue to get your free Bo u t ue BLUSTERY WINTER WEATHER made travel difficult and closed area schools early on Monday, Dec. 20. Visibility was limited as the area received another three to five inches of snow that day. More snow is expected for the New Year's weekend. Minnesota so far this season, a state agency is urging residents to check their outdoor gas meters to make sure theyre free of ice and snow buildup. The Minnesota Department of Public Safety's Office of Pipeline Safety says accumulated ice and snow can block the regulator vent. The office says the vent must be unobstructed to work properly. If the vent is sealed, the gas regulator won't work. That could either cause gas leaks inside your home or a lack of gas flow. resulting in frozen pipes and no heat. Fire Marshal Jerry Rosendahl says snow should be gently brushed off the meter assembly - not shoveled. If the meter has ice on it, Rosendahl bulbs. There is no "catch" or 85113 250th St. Beardsley, MN 320.265.6139 obligation. They just want you to try ', ~ ~ l"rom Beardsley, 1 mile south on Hwy. 7, this energy efficient lighting option ~ mile east on 250th St. for yourself. advises call!ng your energy company / Sofas" Recliners Chairs Rockers Dining Room Sets Bedroom Sets Table & Floor Lamps Chests Curio Cabinets Coffee Tables End Tables Pictures Adjustable Beds Grandfather %: ; : = Jim and Cheri Kaye; Owners: :A BESTCRAFT FURNITURE GALLER~ 320:839-2212:or 320-760-1841 (cell) Main Street Ortonville, MN Hurry > HUGE DISCOUNTS ON 0 UR ALREADY LO W GREEN TAG PRICES? Must clear out to make room for new merchandise/ IIV ALL Page 6 INDEPENDENT Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2010