Dry Conditions in Fields Show Improvement with Recent Rainfall; High Tech Robotic Diary Field Day on September 22nd

Dry Conditions in Fields Show Improvement with Recent Rainfall; High Tech Robotic Diary Field Day on September 22nd

September 16, 2021 Farm News News -- KRJB-KRJM-KKCQ 0

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com

Polk County, MN – As harvest season approaches, many local farmers are grateful for the recent rainfall in the past month after the harsh drought this previous summer. The Minnesota DNR reports the drought caused a severe moisture deficit in many parts of Northern Minnesota. So, the scattered rain showers are welcome intrusions to the sunny weather. Extension Educator Heather Dufault says the small amount of moisture gained helps farmers plan for the upcoming 2022 season.

However, the recent moisture cannot offset the intense strain both crops and farmers underwent during the drought. Dufault details what many reports have indicated, that being the low yield expected from many crops such as corn, potatoes and soybeans.

One event that the drought or COVID-19 would not deter is the High Tech Robotic Dairy Field Day. Set for September 22nd, the event will begin at 10 A.M. with registration starting at 9:30 A.M. Held at Golden Sunrise Dairy in McIntosh, Minnesota, this day will showcase the new high technology, automated cross ventilated barn owned by Tim and Derek Rolf. This father/son team will feature the latest in dairy technology with feeding and milking robots. Dufault says this day will be perfect to display the hard work put toward this new high tech dairy system.

There is no registration fee. Pre-registration is not required, but would be appreciated to get an accurate head count for lunch. Call Heater Dufault at (218) 280-1129 to pre-register with names and the number of attendees.