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I-29 Moo University 2018 Winter Workshop Series Learn how to incorporate cover crops and new forage genetic lines into the forage production system for dairies at the upcoming I-29 Extension dairy meeting. The Minnesota workshop will be Jan. 10, 2018, in Pipestone at the Pipestone Veterinary ...

A few book suggestions

There is always that one person in your family that is hard to figure out what to get them for Christmas. If they are a gardener who has it all, well, books are always a great item for gift giving to them. So, here are a few suggestions that might work well for that person on your list this ...

Taking care of orchids

Orchids are gaining popularity in our area each year. I really enjoy growing them and the fact that when they do bloom, they hold their blooms for a very long time. Months, in fact. They are easy to raise and when you know a few tricks, it is easy to get them to bloom again and again. There are ...

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U of M Extension Beef Team will present the 2017 Cattle Feeder Days Program The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will present the 2017 Cattle Feeder Days Program in December. The U of M Extension Beef Team will present two programs focused on opportunities to influence cattle ...

Holiday plants

It is that time of the year that we start to fill our homes with all sorts of plant goods. There is the real Christmas tree, the wreaths, garland, flowers and other plants. Where does a gardener even start? Once you have all of the plants together in your home, then there is the task of keeping ...

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Minnesota National Farmers State Convention is Saturday in New Ulm Two major speakers will highlight the Minnesota National Farmers State Convention Saturday in New Ulm. The first is Carroll Wade, a national director from New York State who will discuss the current dairy price crisis ...

Minnesota Corn Growers Association funds farmers tackling conservation

In the second year of the Innovation Grant Program, MCGA will provide $300,000 for farmer-led research projects Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation ...

Amaryllis plants

They are out on the shelf and ready for us to purchase to enjoy this holiday season. You may have even saved yours from last year and now you are waiting patiently to see if they will flower for you this year. What are we talking about? Amaryllis plants. If you are like me, you may have saved ...

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Good Food: Celebrating Champions of Food Access event Dec. 6 in Marshall An event in Marshall on Wednesday, Dec. 6, (snow date Dec. 8) will recognize noteworthy projects and activities from across southwest Minnesota that works to ensure everyone has access to healthy, safe and affordable ...

Walz introduces bill to support next generation of farmers

On Nov. 8, U.S. Reps. Tim Walz, D-Minn., and Jeff Fortenberry, R-Neb., introduced the Beginning Farmer and Rancher Opportunity Act (BFROA) of 2017 in the U.S. House of Representatives. Their bipartisan legislation is aimed at recruiting and supporting the next generation of American farmers. ...

Helpful websites

Old Man Winter more or less brought our outside gardening endeavors to a quick and speedy end. There are a few things left to do such as covering perennials in the garden for the winter and maybe even putting a few tools away. So, what is a gardener to do now? Well, one thing about the U of M ...

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Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive to be offered “Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive” a financial management workshop, will be taught across the state. Dave Bau, Joleen Hadrich, Rob Holcomb, Nathan Hulinsky, Megan Roberts, extension ...

Managing wet corn with a late harvest

WORTHINGTON — There is a significant amount of corn to be harvested throughout the Upper Midwest. Grain moisture for most of this corn is not at a level safe for long-term storage, ranging from 17 to 20 percent. Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, Extension engineer with North Dakota State University, is ...

Bringing plants indoors

As we have moved our houseplants indoors for the winter (along with ourselves), we can still turn on some creative juices to keep gardening throughout the winter months. I am sure that you may still be moving some plants around to see where they will fit best in your home and have thoughts ...

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Manure from Iowa dairy farm blamed for deaths of 60K fish NEW VIENNA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are blaming a manure runoff from a dairy farm for killing about 60,000 fish in eastern Iowa. The farm is situated about 3 miles east of New Vienna. The fish kill was reported Oct. 9 after fish ...

Asian lady beetles

Fall brings about falling leaves, beautiful colors, the last of the produce coming out of the garden and multicolored Asian lady beetles. As a gardener and a farm wife, I am always battling insects getting into the house from flies to beetles and crickets to multicolored Asian lady beetles. ...

What direction will 2018 farmlands rents go?

Each year I put together tables listing actual farmland rental rates by county from Adult Farm Management Records. Unfortunately farmers and landlords are starting to negotiate 2018 farmland rental rates and the last actual numbers available are for 2016 so I am forced to estimate figures for ...

Preparing for winter

This is generally the time of the year to finish up any gardening tasks. The weather certainly has made many of these tasks difficult and we may start to think that we should put some of them off until next spring. We can still move plants especially trees. The rain we have been receiving will ...

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Census of Agriculture countdown begins for America’s farmers and ranchers America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the ...

Supporting the pollinators

It is usually about this time of the year that I am writing about keeping up watering in our gardens and landscapes because we normally are quite dry at this time of the year. I would say that at this point in time, we can start looking forward to putting the hoses away. The generous rains from ...