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Farm Briefs, April 18

Breeding, gestation course will be at Morris

MORRIS -- An alternative breeding and gestation management course will be April 27 and 28 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris. This course is designed to increase participants' understanding of the factors necessary to successfully breed females and to care for them during gestation using non-conventional production practices.

Cost is $100 per person and includes learning materials, meals, breaks, instructor fees and biosecurity clothing for hands-on training sessions. Additional participants from the same production system or farm may register for $50 each.

Course topics include rearing replacement females, breeding systems, pregnancy management, preparing for parturition and hands-on sessions.

Classroom instruction will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27 and hands-on instruction in the swine research facilities will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 28. Registration is due Monday. To register, go to www.mnpork.com and click on the producers link or telephone 1-800-537-7675. For more information contact University of Minnesota Swine Extension Educator, Dr. Lee Johnston or Dr. Yuzhi Li at 320-589-1711.

Planting latest in years in N.D.

FARGO, N.D. -- Flooding throughout North Dakota means farmers will have one of their latest springs in decades.

The Agriculture Department says the average starting date for field work in the state is expected to be May 2. If that holds true, it will be only the fourth time in the last 30 years that the average starting date was in May.

Brian Kugel, an agricultural statistician in Fargo, says the other times were May 3 in 1997, May 2 in 1995 and May 13 in 1979.

The average starting date for field work in North Dakota the past five years is April 16.

-- Agweek

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* MORRIS -- An alternative breeding and gestation management course will be April 27 and 28 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center, Morris. Cost is $100 per person and includes learning materials, meals, breaks, instructor fees and biosecurity clothing for hands-on training sessions. Additional participants from the same production system or farm may register for $50 each. Classroom instruction will be from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. April 27 and hands-on instruction in the swine research facilities will be from 8 a.m. to noon April 28. Registration is due Monday. To register, go to www.mnpork.com and click on the producers link or telephone 1-800-537-7675.

Send information about your ag-related event to gretchens@wctrib.com or to the West Central Tribune, PO Box 839, Willmar, MN 56201.

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