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A company familiar with the county’s rock formations has been hired to bury 554 miles of fiber optic cable for the upcoming countywide broadband project. Three years ago Michel’s Corporation, headquartered in Brownsville, Wisconsin, buried the power cable and constructed the overhead electrical...
    I receive many questions daily about land rents and land values and what direction they are going in the near future and long term. Corn and soybean prices have fallen from record highs in recent years to a level that presents a challenge for farmers to generate a profit. I thought I would try...
  A disappointing controversy arose last week during the annual sale of the Cardinal Coupon Card. The folded card displays the names of more than 50 local businesses offering discounts totaling more than $2,000 in goods and services. The Chamber does the legwork contacting interested businesses,...
Pilot Matt Schanilec from AgriMAX LLC, Grafton, North Dakota, sprays a soybean field north of Kenneth earlier this month. According to aerial application manager JP Knox, his company sprayed about 25,000 soybean acres for aphids in a two-week timeframe. The amount is comparable to previous years in Rock County.
It has been five years since area crops have looked this good in mid-August. That was the finding of the Aug. 9 Minnesota Crop Progress & Condition report, which rated both corn and soybeans at the highest condition since 2010. Locally, crop conditions mirror the state’s findings. “They look...
  The third and final step in the Agriculture Risk Coverage (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) process, the annual enrollment into the particular program/s that producers elected earlier for the 2014 and 2015 crop years, is underway and will end on Sept. 30. To get this task accomplished as...
    In 1922 the Minneapolis Tribune speculated, “… The day will come soon when farms are run by electricity, just as the other great industries are." The newspaper marveled that the relatively new technology was creating new economic opportunities in rural Minnesota and was making work more...
  Thea Richards and 27 other outstanding Minnesota 4-H youth have been selected as Minnesota 4-H State Ambassadors for 2015-16. Elected through a meticulous selection process by 4-H adults and youth, this year’s group of state ambassadors will serve as spokespeople for the youth development...
An undercover investigation released Tuesday by Last Chance for Animals alleges multiple incidents of cruelty and neglect at a Rock County facility that’s part of the fourth largest pork producer in the nation. Hidden-camera video at Christensen Farms, a breed- to-wean facility near Luverne,...
  The Star Herald this week doles out thumbs up and thumbs down on topics ranging from street beautification to recycling contamination. Thumbs up — to the Rock County Agricultural Society for putting on another great fair. It had a great variety of things to do, see, hear and eat, and the...
  Summer rainfall, unlike spring or fall showers, tends to come in what can probably best be described as "large packages.”  While there are certainly fewer rainfall events, the amounts with those events tend to be higher, given the fact that they usually are brought by thunderstorms.  This was no...

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