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Pictured above, left to right: School Board members Paul Weikle, Phil Klenk, Anderson, Tom Van Hon, Beth Magnusson, Bertrang, Mike Kuehn, Greg Wickenhauser, Superintendent Tony Boyer and Technology Coordinator Ron Swanberg. Photo by Doug Hanson GFW School Board adds two days to school calendar by Doug Hanson Superintendent Tony Boyer told the GFW School Board that the administration felt the two addition- al student days should be added to the calendar. The superintendent stated that there have been six late starts, four early outs and four missed school days. When the calendar was adopted there were two probable make up dates listed. Those dates were Friday, March 25 and Monday, April 25. March 25 had been a schedule staff development day and the April date had been part of the Easter hol- iday. The superintendent also recom- mended that June 6 and 7 be added as staff development days for work on re-licensure and other staff devel- opment concerns. The Board approved the calendar changes. Also during the superintendent's report, Boyer stated that Architect Mark Lenz, Mechanical Engineer Mike Doljas, TEC rep Mike Woods, Dashir representatives Pat Lang and Tim Walker met with him to discuss solutions to the problems with the newly installed boilers in the Gibbon building. Boyer reported that it was determined not be an educational problem, but is believed to be a design flaw. "We have a problem with our design and we are trying to correct that." The committee is con- tinuing to work on the problem. The district received good news when a dividend was received from Continental Western Insurance Company. A check for 20 percent of its premium or $11,923.00 was returned because of the school's small amount of paid losses. The Board did approve the con- tract of Elizabeth Matray as an ele- mentary paraprofessional for four and a half hours a day at $11.02 per hour. Superintendent Boyer reported that he and Board Director Beth Magnusson attended the Sibley County Collaborative meeting. At the meeting Barb Bertrand, the col- laborative coordinator, stated because of legal advice to address Consider pros, cons, timing of grOund rolling in soybean production Ag News Wire By Doug Holen, U of M Extension The idea of using land rollers is somewhat novel to row-crop farm- ers, but alfalfa producers have been rolling fields for decades. Ground roller equipment sales have increased substantially in the past five years, with soybean producers as a major new customer. To answer the question "When is the best time to roll soybeans?" University of Minnesota Extension carried out a three year (2008-2010) research project with grant funding from the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council. We found that, while the rollers were designed to push rocks back into the ground, they were being used for many other reasons and in fields with little to no rocks. Some purpos- es included residue breakdown, field leveling, managing corn root balls, and decreasing operator fatigue by improving crop harvestability. The research took place at 11 locations across western Minnesota over three growing seasons, and included multiple styles of land rollers. Our rolling treatments con- sisted of 1 .) Pre-plant, 2.) Post-plant, 3.) 50-percent emergence, 4.) First trifoliate stage, 5.) Third trifoliate, and 6.) No rolling. Following the treatments, we col- lected data on residue decomposi- tion, plant population, percent plant damage, seed protein, oil, moisture, test weight and yield. No significant differences for plant populations, seed oil, protein, moisture, or test weight were found. Surprisingly, we did not fred signifi- cant yield differences based on tim- ing of treatments for each year of combined locations. We did document significantly more plant damage with the third-tri- foliate treatment in two of the four sites in 2010 but did not see yield consequences. With good conditions, rolling can be done out to the third- trifoliate stage. Rolling at or after the third-trifoliate stage cannot be rec- ommended. If the field is subject to erosion, the best time for rolling is pre-plant or post-emergence. The easiest time and most common for farmers is immediately after planting. However, if conditions don't allow, a producer could roll post-emergence with care- ful attention to conditions and tem- peratures° We uncovered no yield advantage or disadvantage with this study, but certain conditions have potential to hurt yield. Advantages for rolling include harvestability, operator ease, residue control/breakdown, and cleaner seed at harvest. Disadvantages include the time and fuel for an additional pass across field, expense of equipment, possible soil crusting/sealing, tractor track damage to emerged plants, suscepti- bility to wind and water erosion, and breakage of brittle plants. For more educational information and tools, visit www.soybeans.umn.edu. The web- site is a cooperative effort among the University of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Extension, and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. More Extension information about other commodity crops can be found at www.exten- sion.umn.edu/CommodityCrops. lee fishing shelter removal dates approaching Minnesota's ice fishing shelter removal dates are fast approaching. Dark houses, fish houses and porta- bles must be off the ice of inland waters no later than midnight on March 7 in the southem two-thirds of the state and March 21 in the northern third. The March 7 removal deadline applies to waters south of a line start- ing at the Minnesota-North Dakota border near Moorhead along U.S. Highway 10, then east along Highway 34 to Minnesota Highway 200, east along Highway 200 to U.S. Highway 2, and east along Highway 2 to the Minnesota-Wisconsin border near Duluth. The March 21 deadline applies to waters north of that line. Anglers are advised to remove shelters earlier if ice conditions war- rant. Those not removing shelters will be prosecuted. Conservation officers may remove the structure and confis- cate or destroy it. It is also unlawful to store or leave a shelter at a public access. After removal dates, shelters may remain on the ice between mid- night and one hour before sunrise only when occupied or attended. It is unlawful to improperly dis- pose of ice fishing shacks anywhere in the state. Anglers should check with local refuse providers or land- fills for disposal. possible liability issues, she was rec- ommending that only Sibley County students receive services from the collaborative. This recommendation was being made because once a non-resident is serviced by a county facilitator, the county is then liable for that student. The concern is that the county has no voice in how that case is handled yet they are financially responsible for any placement that may be made. While this change impacts stu- dents from GFW and Sibley East, GFW is foaunate that like services are part of the school's contract with Sioux Trails and those services will be available. The Board passed two resolu- tions dealing with how the money is being collected and paid for the for- mer McLeod West School District debt. Again these resolutions affect only those GFW residents that were part of the McLeod West School District. Revenue was being collect- ed and distributed by the Glencoe- Silver Lake School District (GSL). With GSL acting as the financial host, its debt service fund is carrying too much money according to state rules. Also the debt load was over projected, so MW district residents will end up paying less over the time of the agreement. The resolutions help clear up these problems. Two freshmen will represent GFW at the state science fair compe- tition. Noah Steiner and Cody Guenther will compete on March 20-22 in Bloomington. Three GFW students were elect- ed to the South Central Student Council executive council. Miranda Sweely was elected secretary, Manny Branda will be the president and Frank Fairchild is the parliamen- tailan. This group organizes the two regional meetings for the schools in South Central Minnesota and repre- sents them at state meetings. At the middle school four indi- vidual projects were invited to the State Science Fair. Projects from Matt Henderson, Corey Albrecht, Nolan Huiras and Jacob Unger will be heading to the cities. Tips for taking your medication and staying healthy Have you ever skipped a dose of a prescription drug or taken less than prescribed? Have you ever started taking a prescribed medi- cine and then stopped? Or have there been times when you did not even pick up the first prescription of a new medicine prescribed by your doctor from the pharmacy? Did you know that not taking med- icines as prescribed by your doctor for chronic conditions, such as high blood pressure or diabetes, can make you sicker and even result in a hospital stay or emer- gency room visit that could have been avoided? This is called med- ication nonadherence, an issue that not only impacts your health, but also results in estimated costs to the U.S. health care system of approximately $300 billion each year. Some of the most common rea- sons for not taking medicines reg- ularly include cost and side effects, but a recent study found there are also more subtle reasons, which people may not even realize are influencing their behavior. The study, sponsored by CVS Caremark and conducted by Minds at Work, a consulting com- pany based in Cambridge, Mass., looked at people who said they would like to be taking their med- icine as prescribed but weren t completely sure why they were not. The study revealed that, of those individuals who participated in the survey: " Twenty-four percent believed that taking prescribed medicines interfered with personal priorities, such as taking care of family members or their social life. " Twenty-one percent said that taking medicine made them feel as if they were losing control of their lives and by stopping their medi- cine they were resisting authority. " Seventeen percent believed that taking medicine made them feel old or gave them another iden- 1 tity (i.e., as a patient) that they,, didn t like. Recognizing the reasons why you are not taking a prescribed medicine can be the first step; toward addressing the problem, getting back on track and staying healthy. Here are some other tips for keeping up with your prescrip- tions: " If cost is a concern, consider switching from a brand-name medicine to a generic. Generic medicines offer a safe and effec- tive option at a fraction of the cost. In fact, hundreds of popular brand- name drugs are now available as generics, which can help you save 30"-80 percent on prescription drug costs. " Talk to your health care pro- fessional. If medication side effects are bothering you, talk with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist you might be able to switch to a different medicine or adjust the timing of your dose to lessen the problem. Taking your medicine regular- ly is not always easy but the bene- fits are just what the doctor ordered. Lafayette Charter School Menu Wed, Mar. 2: Cheeseburgers or Beef sandwich, tater tots, fruit, bread and milk. Thu, Mar. 3: Pepperoni pizza or PBJ sandwich, carrots, fruit, bread and milk. Fri, Mar. 4: Chicken fajitas or Cheese sandwich, mixed vegeta- bles, fruit, bread and milk. Mon, Mar. 7: Hot ham and cheese on a bun or Turkey sand- wich, broccoli, fruit, bread and milk. Tue, Mar. 8: Meatballs and oven rice or Cheese sandwich, carrots, dinner roll, fruit and milk. Wed, Mar. 9: Mac-n-cheese hot- dish, shrimp poppers or Beef sand- wich, green beans, fruit, bread and milk. Reduce risk in organic small grain production by Jochum Wiersma University of Minnesota Extension Selecting a small grain species that's adapted to your growing condi- tions and market needs is the first step in reducing risks of organic small grain production. Other risk-reduction strategies include: • Variety selection. Plant several disease-resistant, high-yielding vari- eties on your farm to spread risk. When selecting winter grains for planting in Minnesota, choose only the most winter hardy. • Planting date. To avoid yield loss, plant spring small grains as early as possible and winter small grains in the late summer or early fall. • Weed management. Crop rota- tions, planting date and early planting are the main cultural weed control options in organic small grains. A pri- mary tillage operation before seeding in the spring can reduce weed pres- sures of winter annuals and cool sea- son annual weeds such as wild oats, wild mustard, kochia and the differ- ent pigweed species. • Pest management. Use rota- tions and crop sequences that reduce the risks of disease. Check with your certifier before using new pesti- cides-conditions for using a pesti- cide must be documented in the organic system plan. Always use good quality seed and choose resist- ant varieties whenever possible. Using certified seed ensures that the seed is free or nearly free of many seed-bome diseases such as loose smut. The four main small grain crop species grown in Minnesota and the Upper Midwest include wheat, bar- ley, oat and rye. In 2005, Minnesota organic growers led the nation in rye production and were number two in organic oat production. Computer Problems00 Get it fixed locally! Byro Grain & Trucking Company is currently looking for : Local and OTR Truck Drivers Qualified candidate will possess • Class A CDL • Excellent driving record • Minimum of 2 years of applicable driving experience For more information Call 507-647-2286 ask for Randy" or stop in at 57265 286th St., Winthrop, MN 55396 More details on reducing risk in organic production of small grains are available in a new web-based guide titled "Risk Management Guide for Organic Producers." The guide is available at www.organi- criskmanagement.umn.edu. It has 14 chapters covering a wide range of production topics relevant to organic producers and those transitioning to organic production. For more information about agri- cultural production of small grains, f-With Mortgage Rates Near An All-Time Low ToBuy Aaome Apply Online at visit www.smallgrains.org, a collabo- rative website from University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers. Jochum Wiersma is a crops edu- cator with University of Minnesota Extension. Other contributors are Kristine Mom'ada, assistant scientist and Mary Brakke, educational spe- cialist, both in the U of M Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics.