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EOT SWCD Supervisor Position Open For District I

EOT SWCD Supervisor Position Open For District I

August 02, 2022 by

Due to the recent passing of Dennis Reynolds, East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) District I Supervisor, the EOT SWCD is looking for candidates that are concerned about water quality and soil erosion and are interested in serving their community to fill this position for the remainder of Dennis’s term (Jan 2024) through board appointment according to state statute.

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Photo Contest!

Photo Contest!

July 01, 2022 by

Get out your camera (or phone) and join in the fun with the East Otter Tail SWCD photo contest!

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Not "Wild" About Wild Rice?

September 01, 2020 by

Lakeshore owners in recent years are finding new ‘weeds’ growing near their docks. Wild rice, a native grass that grows in shallow lake and river areas has re-emerged in locations where some say it hasn’t been seen in years. For some people that is cause for celebration, for others, a headache.

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Weather Station Collaboration with NDAWN

Weather Station Collaboration with NDAWN

July 15, 2020 by

It is a well-established fact that weather is the most influential and impactful variable in water and nutrient management decision making. In an effort to bring more local weather information to our producers, the EOT SWCD installed its first weather station in Perham in the early 90's. This station brought hourly data to the fingertips of our producers and helped guide management decisions that were profitable for the producer and better for the environment. The only problem? This was one weather station in a county that encompasses over 2,000 square miles, and as we all well know, weather can be different right across the road!

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Arlin Wanderi Farms now Water Quality Certified

Arlin Wanderi Farms now Water Quality Certified

July 06, 2020 by

Congratulations to Arlin Wanderi!  His farms are now Water Quality Certified in Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).  

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The Ideal Lawn

The Ideal Lawn

April 14, 2020 by

Many lakeshore owners picture their ideal yard being lush, green, mowed grass straight down to the edge of the rip rap right along the lake. Maximum lawn equals maximum enjoyment, right? Well, we at the SWCD are here to challenge your idea of a perfect lake lawn (a little challenge is good in life, right?)! There are a lot of benefits to having a nice, mowed lawn straight to the lake: lots of room for activities for one, and the best unobstructed view of the lake, and the approval of your neighbors whose lawn rivals that of the white house (how do they do that?). But we want to take a look at some of the negative consequences of having a mowed lawn that stretches to the lake, as well as some of the benefits of planting native grasses and flowers along the shoreline (what else did you expect from us, this is our job!).

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Ag Weather Network: A Tool for All

Ag Weather Network: A Tool for All

April 06, 2020 by

Do you live in Central Minnesota? Do you like having access to accurate up-to-date weather? If so, the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) is for you. Yes, we know it says North Dakota, but it serves data for central and northwestern Minnesota. There are 12 stations located throughout the central region including: Becker, Hubbard, Otter Tail, Wadena, Pope, Todd, Morrison, Benton and Sherburne counties. Weather stations in our area include Perham, Parkers Prairie, Ottertail, Wadena, and Staples.

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Planting Trees for Wildlife

Planting Trees for Wildlife

April 02, 2020 by

One question I get asked by landowners every winter and spring is “I would like to make my property better for deer, which trees should I plant?” It seems like a simple question to answer, but there are several factors you need to consider when planting trees for deer, turkeys, or even grouse. While one tree might work for your neighbor or you read how well one tree was is in a magazine, that does not necessarily mean it will be productive on your property.

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Neighbors Saying Thank You

Neighbors Saying Thank You

March 23, 2020 by

Last year I gave a presentation on the Minnesota Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP) at a meeting of the Central Minnesota Irrigator’s Corporation (CMIC).  This meeting was held in Wadena, and the farmers in attendance utilize irrigation in their farming operations and come from the surrounding area.

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Clean water, crop yields benefit from local, science-based research

Clean water, crop yields benefit from local, science-based research

March 05, 2020 by

PERHAM —When Mark Riestenberg installed an irrigator in 1995, he relied on a handful of soil and a look at what the neighbors were doing to decide when to turn it on.

Twenty-five years later, neighbors still rely on neighbors to determine when to irrigate. But now they’re watching Riestenberg and about 45 other farmers who work with East Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation District staff on a science-based approach to irrigation scheduling.

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Cover Crop Grant Funding Now Available

Cover Crop Grant Funding Now Available

February 23, 2020 by

Funding to help local producers plant cover crops is now available through the SWCD.

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Wayne Enger Farm Becomes Water Quality Certified

Wayne Enger Farm Becomes Water Quality Certified

February 18, 2020 by

Wayne Enger, board member of the EOT SWCD, recently became a Water Quality Certified Farm through Minnesota's Ag Water Quality Certification Program. 

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Bruce and Carol Albright Farm Becomes Water Quality Certified

Bruce and Carol Albright Farm Becomes Water Quality Certified

October 31, 2019 by

Congratulations to Bruce and Carol Albright – their farm is now Water Quality Certified in Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP)!  The Albrights received their Water Quality Certified Farm sign on a snowy Friday in October.

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Greenwaldt Farms Become Water Quality Certified

Greenwaldt Farms Become Water Quality Certified

September 20, 2019 by

Congratulations to Terry Greenwaldt and to his son, Jason Greenwaldt! Because of their decisions to practice conservation on their land, the Greenwaldt farms are now Water Quality Certified in Minnesota’s Ag Water Quality Certification Program (MAWQCP).

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New District Technician, Trisha Demarais

New District Technician, Trisha Demarais

April 01, 2019 by

Welcome to our new District/Irrigation Technician, Trisha Demarais!

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New NRCS Soil Con, Jacob Johnson

New NRCS Soil Con, Jacob Johnson

January 15, 2019 by

If you have been in our office in the past week, you may have noticed a new face wandering around. That would be Jacob Johnson, the EOT Field Office's new soil conservationist!

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EOT 2018 Conservationist of the Year, Andy Dombeck

EOT 2018 Conservationist of the Year, Andy Dombeck

January 07, 2019 by

We are excited to formally congratulate Andy Dombeck for being our East Otter Tail Conservationist of the Year and the Area Conservationist of the Year for 2018! On his farm, Andy continues to experiment with techniques that build the soil health of his fields, which also helps protect the environment. He is a great example of a producer that conserves our natural resources while operating a successful farm.

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Local father-son farmers get Water Quality Certified

Local father-son farmers get Water Quality Certified

November 06, 2018 by

Two new Water Quality Certified farms in Otter Tail County come from a family effort.

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