Field 2 Field http://chadsmithmedia.com News from the farm field to the sports field Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:06:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 61121431 Minnesota Twins buying at the MLB trade deadline http://chadsmithmedia.com/minnesota-twins-buying-mlb-trade-deadline/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/minnesota-twins-buying-mlb-trade-deadline/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 19:06:20 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2494 So, I was thinking it was a bit unusual for the our Minnesota Twins to evidently be buyers as the Major League Baseball trade deadline approaches. They’ve supposedly all but done a deal for Jaime Garcia of the Atlanta Braves. I was excited about picking up a lefthander who could maybe eat up some innings. […]

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Southeast Minnesota crops are progressing http://chadsmithmedia.com/southeast-minnesota-crops-are-progressing/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/southeast-minnesota-crops-are-progressing/#respond Fri, 21 Jul 2017 01:53:18 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2486 Southeast Minnesota crops are progressing in spite of a back and forth weather pattern. It’s gone from hot to cool and dry to wet multiple times this spring, and, for the most part, the crops have gotten enough water at the right times to continue development. The corn crop is coming into the tasseling stage, […]

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MN landowners have more Buffer Law help http://chadsmithmedia.com/mn-landowners-have-more-buffer-law-help/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/mn-landowners-have-more-buffer-law-help/#respond Wed, 12 Jul 2017 18:54:08 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2477 Today, the Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources announced two additional resources for landowners working to come into compliance with the state’s buffer law. The law  was passed with bipartisan support in 2015 and signed into law by Governor Dayton. The buffer law requires the implementation of a buffer strip on public waters by […]

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Parents: be wary of the new Snapchat update http://chadsmithmedia.com/parents-be-wary-of-the-new-snapchat-update/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/parents-be-wary-of-the-new-snapchat-update/#respond Wed, 28 Jun 2017 23:15:48 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2467 Snapchat. It’s that new-fangled thing that all the kids are doing, right? But what is it? As a parent, you’ve likely heard kids talking about a mobile app called Snapchat but you may not be familiar with what it is. In short, it’s a mobile app that lets users capture short videos or pictures and […]

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Minnesota takes second trade mission to Cuba http://chadsmithmedia.com/minnesota-takes-second-trade-mission-to-cuba/ http://chadsmithmedia.com/minnesota-takes-second-trade-mission-to-cuba/#respond Tue, 27 Jun 2017 20:31:24 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2457 It’s a debate that is guaranteed to incite emotions, both for and against. Increasing trade opportunities with Cuba is a hot button topic in Washington D.C., but it’s an important topic for agriculture. Minnesota is one state in the Union that recognizes the opportunities in Cuba. Several state officials and Ag groups took part in […]

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Cattle marketing during an economic downturn http://chadsmithmedia.com/cattle-marketing-during-an-economic-downturn/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 18:36:11 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2446 Beef prices have ridden a world-class roller coaster in recent years, making profitable cattle marketing an enormous challenge. Prices peaked in 2014, going as high as they’d been in recent memory. However, they began a downward slide in mid-2015 before tanking through most of 2016. Troy Hadrick is a producer from Faulkton, South Dakota, who […]

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Poison hemlock in southeast Minnesota http://chadsmithmedia.com/poison-hemlock-southeast-minnesota/ Fri, 23 Jun 2017 17:46:15 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2442 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is warning residents about the dangers of poison hemlock (Conium maculatum), a toxic member of the carrot family. Residents should be on the lookout for the weed, take extra precautions when handling it, and not ingest any parts of the plant. It is currently in bloom in several parts of […]

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Gypsy moth treatment coming to Winona County http://chadsmithmedia.com/gypsy-moth-treatment-coming-to-winona-county/ Mon, 19 Jun 2017 16:15:04 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2438 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is preparing to treat approximately 1,751 acres of land in Winona County to slow the spread of a gypsy moth infestation identified last year. Officials will conduct the aerial treatment sometime between June 22 and June 29, beginning as early as 7:00 a.m. This date is dependent on weather […]

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MDA seeks public input on draft Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule http://chadsmithmedia.com/mda-seeks-public-input-on-draft-nitrogen-fertilizer-rule/ Thu, 08 Jun 2017 15:55:59 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2432 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is seeking public review and comment of a draft proposal for regulating the use of nitrogen fertilizer in Minnesota. The purpose of the proposed Nitrogen Fertilizer Rule is to minimize the potential for nitrate-nitrogen contamination from fertilizer in the state’s groundwater and drinking water. Nitrate is one of the […]

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Sheep and goats getting more popular on southeast MN farms http://chadsmithmedia.com/sheep-and-goats-getting-more-popular-on-southeast-mn-farms/ Mon, 05 Jun 2017 23:50:55 +0000 http://chadsmithmedia.com/?p=2425 The sounds of sheep and goats on southeast Minnesota farms are becoming a little more common than most residents realize. The last couple of years have seen increasing interest in raising the smaller breeds of livestock for a variety of reasons. As sheep interest continues growing in both Houston and Fillmore counties, the Extension Service […]

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