Ag and Extension

Ag Briefs

Agribusiness luncheon is Nov. 27 at SMSU AgriBusiness luncheon featuring a presentation from Olga Reuvekamp with MARL, Sang Jung with Department of Agriculture, Culinology & Hospitality and Michael Stutelberg with AURI will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Southwest ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Women in Ag Network December Workshop is Dec. 13 in Willmar The Women in Ag Network will host its December workshop, Micro-Loans, Grants, and Traditional Farm Financing, on Dec. 13 in Willmar at the University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office (1802 18th St. NE, Willmar). Starting with ...

Getting ready for winter

This is the time of the year when we start to really wind down for winter, at least in the garden sense. The leaves are dropping, cooler temperatures are here and yes, maybe even some snow. Gardening may be winding down but it isn’t done quite yet. There are still many, many green plants ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

What is a fair farm rental agreement? Landlords, farmers, agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative meetings being held across central and southern Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. Farmer ...

What to do with the leaves

The wet summer we had has benefited many things but particularly our trees. If you have noticed, there seems to be a lot more leaves on our lawns right now. The question is what to do with all of those leaves. Leaves can be left on the lawn but there are a few things to know before you finally ...

Fall clean-up

The extra canning jars and the canner are put away for the season at the farm. There are a few pumpkins to be removed from the garden along with some potatoes left to be dug. There are a few apples still clinging onto the trees and so the end has come to another growing season in my vegetable ...

Storing, drying, and handling wet soybeans

While almost impossible to accomplish in most years, harvesting soybeans at a moisture content between 13 to 15 percent helps maximize yields while minimizing harvest losses. Cool, cloudy, and rainy conditions this fall, however, have led to large increases in soybean moisture content. With ...

Spring flowering bulbs

It is that time of the year again when it is the last minute scramble in the garden starts to happen. I don’t really worry about too much other than bringing in the plants before frost and deciding where to plant some more spring flowering bulbs. Spring flowering bulbs can include ...

Ag Briefs

Nov. 1 is deadline for tax credits for farmers State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, reminds beginning farmers Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for state tax credits the Legislature provided in 2017 to assist in starting operations. Beginning farmer credit through the Minnesota Department ...

The Emerald ash borer

There are always reasons to be aware of what is happening with many of our plants. If you watch the nightly news from South Dakota, there is a sense of urgency about the ash trees in the Sioux Falls area because of the Emerald ash borer. Whenever something happens out of the ordinary with our ...

Prairie Ally Outdoor Center open house is Oct. 5 in Luverne

A public food forest and productive perennials riparian buffer demonstration site were installed in Luverne this spring, making way for educational opportunities, food, and community building. Drawing on elements of agroforestry, including permaculture, the projects focus primarily on perennial ...

Soggy conditions hinder harvest

Although conditions were already soggy from rain showers over the past several days, a significant storm front tore across southern Minnesota Sept. 20, dropping anywhere from 0.5 to over 3 inches of rain across the region. For the month of September to date, many parts of southern Minnesota ...

Soil samples

Fall has to be one of my favorite times of the year. I love the weather and it is also time to start planning ahead just a little bit in the garden. It may seem like it is early to do this but now is the time to think about what has worked in the garden and what has not. This year, in ...

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 ...