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Ag and Extension Briefs

Managing market hogs destined for local meat lockers

With pig harvest at commercial packing plants currently disrupted, consumers have an opportunity to purchase market hogs directly from the farm. These pigs destined for local custom processing facilities may have to wait until they can be harvested.

Lee Johnston, Pedro Urriola and Sarah Schieck Boelke have put together a fact sheet detailing how consumers can keep market hogs in anticipation of their harvest at local meat lockers.

Pig diets, housing, feed and water equipment, the pigsí environmental needs, and health and biosecurity information are all included in the fact sheet.

This new information can be found on the University of Minnesota Extension Swine blog at z.umn.edu/MarketHogs-LocalButcher.

Other COVID-19 resources and strategies for pork producers can also be found on UMN Extension Swine blog at z.umn.edu/COVID-19SwineResources.

Further questions can be answered by contacting UMN Extension Swine Educators Sarah Schieck Boelke at schi0466@umn.edu or Diane DeWitte at stouf002@umn.edu.

For more information on swine from the University of Minnesota Extension:†extension.umn.edu/swine

Source: Sarah Schieck Boelke, schi0466@umn.edu

UMN Extension Swine podcast: Nutritional strategies during special circumstances

The University of Minnesota Extension Swine Team has released its latest podcast to assist producers feeding pigs in this climate of interrupted markets.

UMN Extension Swine Educator Sarah Schieck Boelke recently sat down with Lee Johnston and Pedro Urriola to discuss nutritional strategies producers can implement to slow the growth of pigs whose harvest plants have closed due to COVID-19.

The podcast recorded on May 1 can be accessed at z.umn.edu/PodcastEpisode16.

Additional information for managing the swine farm during plant shut-downs can be found on the UMN Extension Swine blog at z.umn.edu/ClosedPorkPackingPlantResources.

COVID-19 resources for pork producers are located on the UMN Extension Swine blog at z.umn.edu/COVID-19SwineResources.

Further questions can be answered by contacting UMN Extension Swine Educators Sarah Schieck Boelke at schi0466@umn.edu or Diane DeWitte at stouf002@umn.edu.

For more information on swine from the University of Minnesota Extension:†extension.umn.edu/swine

Source: Sarah Schieck Boelke, schi0466@umn.edu

2020 Acreage Reporting Dates

In order to comply with FSA program eligibility requirements, all producers are encouraged to contact the Lyon County FSA office to file an accurate crop certification report by the applicable deadline.

The Murray County acreage reporting deadline for all crops is July 15.

The following exceptions apply to the July 15th date:

• If the crop has not been planted by the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 15 calendar days after planting is completed.

• If a producer acquires additional acreage after the above acreage reporting date, then the acreage must be reported no later than 30 calendars days after purchase or acquiring the lease. Appropriate documentation must be provided to the county office.

• If a perennial forage crop is reported with the intended use of “cover only,” “green manure,” “left standing,” or “seed,” then the acreage must be reported by July 15.

Due to the office being closed to the public, acreage reporting will be somewhat different this year. Currently all producer farm maps are available at the office. It will be the producer’s responsibility to get the maps from FSA and complete the information required for acreage reporting. You can get your maps by calling and stopping to pick up at the office, by mail or email. Completion instructions will be included. Once you return the maps with all acreage reporting information, the office will load it and contact you for signature.

For questions regarding crop certification and crop loss reports, please contact the Lyon County FSA office at 507-537-1401.

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