Ag and Extension

Master gardener program

This week, I have the privilege to sit with area master gardeners and take in some continuing education with the professors at the U of M. This is one of the reasons why I became a master gardener in 1993. Yes, the road has been long to this point but seems short because of all of the people ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Farmers still have time to sign up for corn settlement payments A year with slumping crop prices seems like an odd time to leave money on the table. So far, that’s what’s happening with the $1.51 billion settlement of a nationwide class action lawsuit against Syngenta. Most U.S. corn ...

A huge month for gardening

September is upon us. The gardens are maintaining themselves and now our focus turns to making sure that things are set in our lawns and gardens for next year. We often think that there isn’t much left to do except harvest those vegetables and enjoy those last flowers of the year. However, ...

Raising succulents

Succulents are some of the easiest plants to raise for your garden setting. They come in all sorts of colors and leaf varieties that it is easy to mix them for something special. The two unique things that succulents share that make them a good choice for our Minnesota weather is that they ...

Controlling weeds

There are all sorts of ways to combat weeds in our vegetable garden besides the tried and true method of just going out to pull them out or hoe them out. I really like the idea of mulching as much as possible with hay or straw especially between the rows. This not only keeps the majority of the ...

Japanese beetles

There were so many nice flower arrangements, individual flowers and assorted other gardening items at our local fair. The weather may play havoc on our gardening conditions, but it is nice to see that we can still pull through and are able to show some wonderful things at the fair. This ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

USDA authorizes emergency haying and grazing use of CRP acres The USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) has authorized emergency haying and grazing use of Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres for Lyon, Murray, Yellow Medicine, Cottonwood, Jackson and Nobles counties in this area. The ...

Lawn care tips

It is that time of the year when our thoughts turn to our lawns and the care that they need. We have all been rushing to keep them mowed with all of the rain we have been receiving and keeping them looking great. It is hard sometimes to know when we are supposed to be doing what with them. The ...

Options for drowned-out spots in fields

Excessive rainfall this season has led to ponding and flooding in fields, leaving drowned out spots and unplanted areas as the water recedes. What options are there to deal with drowned-out/unplanted areas in fields at this point in the growing season? 1) Do nothing: If at all possible, ...

Farmers markets & fairs

I am proud to say that I picked not only one ripe tomato from my garden this past weekend but five! However, it looks like I will only have enough tomatoes to eat this summer and not enough to can. So, what is my backup? The farmers market, of course! If you have not been to one of our ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Farm transition and estate planning retreat planned for Jackson Minnesota State College and University System’s AgCentric and Southern Minnesota Center of Agriculture, in partnership with the University of Minnesota Extension, will present a two-day farm transition and estate planning ...

Flowers for pollinators

The summer days have been rolling along and we have been able to get in a little gardening here and there, between all of the rain. I have been fielding many questions regarding how the 4-H youth are doing on their Flowers for Pollinators study. The kiddos have started counting their insects ...

Students wanted for 4-H spokespeople for animal agriculture

College students with an interest in serving as spokespeople for animal agriculture are urged to apply for the position of Minnesota State Fair 4-H Animal Science Speaking Up for Animal Agriculture Peer Mentor. Six positions are available. This program is sponsored by Minnesota 4-H and ...

Minnesota County Cropland Rental Rates available

Average, Median, 10 Percent Lowest Average Rents and 10 Percent Highest Average Rents are listed by county in the recently released publication titled “Cropland Rental Rates for Minnesota Counties.” The rental rates come from rents paid by farmers who participate in Adult Farm Management ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Webinar examines making dairy production decisions Maximizing profit while cutting costs during periods of low milk prices can be challenging. The Four State Dairy Extension group will offer a webinar at noon on July 24 to discuss tips for maximizing profitability, nutrition management, and ...

Taking care of gardens after rain

The heat and humidity announces July is here like no other. With all of the rain we have been receiving, we have also been hit hard with millions of mosquitos. You know that the mosquitos are bad when you have to wear a heavy jacket out into the garden to weed or pick your vegetables. This is ...

Dairy tour focuses on key animal care protocols

The I-29 Moo University will be highlighting best management practices on Boadwine Farms and Crosswind Jerseys during the “Treat Me Right” Implementing Best Management Practices Summer Tour. During the tour there will be demonstrations of proper euthanasia techniques and discussions of farm ...

State’s first MN CREP easement illustrates conservation on ag land

Seeded with a pollinator-friendly mix and signed with white placards, the state’s first recorded Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP) easement borders a public ditch that runs through Robert and Cathy VanderLinden’s Redwood County corn field. It’s a conservation ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

PQA and TQA certification sessions scheduled University of Minnesota Extension, in partnership with Minnesota Pork Board, will offer Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions in Marshall on Wednesday, July 18. The quality assurance ...

Native grasses

There is a new publication out from the U of M Extension via Mary Meyer and Diane Narem. There may be a few of you out there who have heard of Mary Meyer with the U of M Extension with all of the work she has completed on grasses for our garden. She and Narem have a vast amount of information ...