Ag and Extension

Powdery mildew

The hard work in our gardens is starting to pay off as we start to reap the rewards from this spring. There are folks who have powdery mildew showing up in their gardens (see more information on this below) and because of the wet start to our summer, there are many who have had problems with ...

Ag Briefs

Soil and water management and conservation to be featured at Field Day Soil and water management and conservation are the focus of the 6th Soil and Water Management Field Day on Tuesday, July 18, at the U of MN Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton. This free ...

Minnesota Hardy

There is a wonderful website that the U of M has put together that I wonder if many gardeners are aware of. It is called Minnesota Hardy. The website address is https://mnhardy.umn.edu/. “Minnesota Hardy describes over 150 horticultural plants released by Minnesota Agricultural Experiment ...

FSA county committee nomination period opens in Lyon County

The nomination period for the Lyon FSA county committee began on June 15. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Lyon County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1. County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program ...

Watering your garden

It is hard to believe that after all of the rain we received this spring that I would be talking about watering your garden. The hot weather that is moving in to our area this weekend will be a challenge for our gardens, particularly to any newly planted shrubs and trees. It will also be a ...

Ag Briefs

Minnesota Farm Bureau recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms The Minnesota Farm Bureau recognizes 33 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2017. A commemorative certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm ...

Tent caterpillars

This is the time of the year that eastern tent caterpillars are active according to Jeff Hahn, U of M Extension entemologist. The first sign people notice are silken tents in the forks of branches, particularly in fruit trees, including apple, chokecherry, crabapple, plum and cherry. These ...

Ag Briefs

FSA direct loans FSA offers direct farm ownership and direct farm operating Loans to producers who want to establish, maintain or strengthen their farm or ranch. FSA loan officers process, approve and service direct loans. Direct farm operating loans can be used to purchase livestock and ...

Cedar apple rust

The past few weeks, I have spent a number of hours out on the pasture checking and rechecking for beautiful little calves being born. The gate that I must pass through in order to get to the calves has a windbreak that is made up of cedar trees that someone had given us many years ago. They are ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Disposing of leftover treated seed By Lizabeth Stahl Extension educator in crops A significant amount of seed planted this year will have been treated with a fungicide, insecticide and/or nematicide. For one reason or another, farmers may find themselves with leftover treated seed at the ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Outlook 2017 for corn and soybean crops Farmers are just getting started planting their 2017 crops with hopes of good yields and good prices. There has been plenty of spring moisture and now the cropping season will take off in full swing when the soil dries out. Farmers have been blessed ...

The story of the apple tree

Today we will play a little game called, what is wrong with this picture. If you look at the picture that is present with this garden column today, you will see something wrong with the tree. First a brief history of the tree…if your first guess is that it is an apple tree that is flowering, ...

Ag Briefs

MN CREP sign-up begins Monday Landowners have a new option to protect their environmentally sensitive cropland with the introduction of the Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP). The kick-off for the MN CREP continuous sign-up begins May 15. MN CREP is a voluntary ...

The Master Gardener program

The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program is an internationally recognized volunteer program. It exists in all 50 states, in Canada and in the United Kingdom. Nationally, there are nearly 100,000 Master Gardener volunteers from all walks of life. They reach about 5 million ...

Ag Briefs

Minnesota farmers have until Friday to renew CSP contracts Minnesota farmers have until Friday to re-enroll in the Conservation Stewardship Program (CSP). This renewal option is specifically for farmers and ranchers who enrolled in CSP initially in 2013. Farmers are encouraged to contact ...

Emerald Ash Borers

Emerald Ash Borer keeps making headlines and those of us who have ash trees in our yards are concerned. At this point in time, we do not have Emerald Ash Borer in southwestern Minnesota. There are times, however, that we wonder if our ash trees have become infested with this borer when things ...

Using more tools in the weed management toolbox

Extension educator in crops Weed management tools can be divided into three main categories: mechanical, cultural, and chemical. Historically in conventional systems, chemical control options, or herbicides, have been relied on heavily. Herbicide-resistant weed populations, however, are ...

Planting bulbs

Over the past years, I have dabbled with all sorts of bulbs. I really enjoy the ease in planting them but don’t really like having to dig bulbs up each year. So, for the most part, I plant quite a few in pots. This works pretty well because all I need to do is to bring the flower pot inside. ...

Ag Briefs

Organic producers and handlers may apply for Certification Cost Share Reimbursements Starting March 20, organic producers and handlers are able to visit over 2,100 USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) offices to apply for federal reimbursement to assist with the cost of receiving and maintaining ...

Gardens of the pioneers

My daughter and I are enjoying reading the “Little House on the Prairie” books. This is her first time and my first time as an adult rereading them. I know that when I read them as a little girl, I took the viewpoint of Laura. I really liked her spunk. I still do but now I am seeing these ...