ROSEAU, Minn. — The 2013 Minnesota State Cattlemen\'s Summer Tour takes place in northwestern Minnesota this year. The Roseau County Fairgrounds in Roseau will be the headquarters for the July 9 tour which features stops at five beef operations. Hosting the event is the Northwestern Stockmen\'s Association. NSA president Steve Haugen said cattlemen will enjoy seeing the farms and cattle operations in the area.
The winter of 2012–13 wasn\'t kind to alfalfa. Bill Hammel, who\'s been around forages for 35 years, said he\'s never before seen this much winterkill. He estimates that stands over a year old are 60 percent to 70 percent killed in Wabasha, Olmsted, Winona and Fillmore counties.
ST. PAUL — The Office of the Legislative Auditor will start evaluating the state\'s 13 commodity councils in mid to late June.
FOLEY, Minn. — Jenna Schyma loves horses and is equally enthused to share the experience with others — especially individuals with special needs. The use of her horsemanship skills and strengths working with others has garnered the Foley FFA Chapter member the Minnesota FFA Star in Agri Business. It\'s easy to see Schyma\'s excitement for equine. Her face lights up and she sits forward as she talks about her horses and work with hippotherapy.
REDWOOD FALLS, Minn. — When Grant and Dawn Breitkreutz got their first EQIP contract, the Redwood Falls cattle producers were told their native pasture had three species of grasses and no forbs or clovers. A few years later, in 2010, the pasture had 16 grass species plus clover. The pasture improvements weren\'t due to fertilizers or herbicides. They quit fertilizing five years ago and haven\'t sprayed it for the last four years, Grant said. They credit, instead, overall pasture management including rotational grazing.