West Otter Tail

Soil and Water Conservation District

218-739-4694 ext. 4 | 506 Western Ave. Fergus Falls, MN 56537 | Hours: 7:30AM-4:00PM Monday-Friday More...

Ag Resources

 West Otter Tail Ag Inspector  East Otter Tail Ag Inspector
Mitch Kill  Aimee Zimmermann
West Otter Tail SWCD  East Otter Tail SWCD
 506 Western Ave. N.  801 Jenny Ave. SW, Suite 2
Fergus Falls, MN 56537 Perham, MN 56573
(218) 739-4694 ext. 3244 (218) 346-4260 ext. 3
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The Noxious Weed Law affects growing plants. Some plants are noxious because they can harm people, animals, the food we eat, and nature. MDA, county, city, and township officials inspect land and ask owners to destroy their noxious weeds. Destroying them stops them from spreading and harming neighbors. Land owners that refuse to destroy their noxious weeds can be forced to do so. (Courtesy of MDA website)

Noxious Weeds:


For more information about Noxious Weeds, please contact your local County Ag Inspector or visit the MN Dept. of Ag.'s Noxious and Invasive Weed Program website at: http://www.mda.state.mn.us/plants/pestmanagement/weedcontrol.aspx

Irrigation scheduling is planning when and how much water to apply in order to maintain healthy plant growth during the growing season while at the same time minimizing the amount of pollutants being leached into the groundwater.

Proper timing of irrigation water applications is a crucial decision for a farm manager to: (1) meet the needs of the crop to prevent yield loss due to water stress;  (2) maximize the irrigation water use efficiency resulting in beneficial use and conservation of the local water resources; and (3) minimize the leaching potential of nitrates and certain pesticides that may impact the quality of the groundwater.

Effective irrigation is possible only with regular monitoring of soil water and crop development conditions in the field and the forecasting of future crop water needs.  Delaying an irrigation until crop stress is evident or applying too little water can result in substantial yield loss.  Applying too much water will result in extra pumping costs, wasted water and increased risk for leaching valuable agrichemicals below the rooting zone and possibly into the groundwater.

Several scheduling tools are available to assist a farm manager in irrigation scheduling. The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has partnered with the East Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District (EOT SWCD) to carry out a series of irrigation workshops and expand programs that promote proper water and nitrogen fertilizer management.
For learn more about how irrigation scheduling can benefit our farming operation, please contact East Otter Tail SWCD:

East Otter Tail Soil & Water Conservation District

801 Jenny Ave SW Suite 2

Perham, MN 56573

(218) 346-4260

For more information on Irrigation & Nitrogen Management, please visit MN Dept. of Ag.'s Irrigation & Adaptive Nitrogen Management Program Page.

The West Otter Tail Soil and Water Conservation District is committed to the policy that all persons shall have equal access to its programs, facilities, and employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, age, marital status, public assistance status, veteran status or sexual orientation.

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