Ag and Extension

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 ...

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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 ...

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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. ...

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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 ...

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Farm Storage Facility Loans available FSA’s Farm Storage Facility Loan (FSFL) program provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade storage facilities and to purchase portable (new or used) structures, equipment and storage and handling trucks. The low-interest funds ...

Lawn products

There are times where this column will almost write itself. The one written here today is just one of those moments. I started hearing about Roundup ready lawns about two weeks ago from area gardeners curious about how they could use Roundup on their lawns. I assumed at the time that it was ...

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FSA youth loans available The Farm Service Agency makes loans to youth to establish and operate agricultural income-producing projects in connection with 4-H clubs, FFA and other agricultural groups. Projects must be planned and operated with the help of the organization advisor, produce ...

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Rare calf born at Conner Prairie following embryo transfer FISHERS, Ind. (AP) — A rare English Longhorn calf has joined Conner Prairie’s livestock herds following a successful embryo transfer. The male calf was born last week at the interactive history park in suburban Indianapolis. Its ...

Shakespeare and plants

As we are waiting for spring to come into full bloom, here are a few interesting tidbits about garden plants that I found recently. As someone who grew up in a small town, I had the advantage of friends and family who believed that many kids in the high school needed to have a higher education ...

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Extension offers one-to-one services for financially distressed farmers University of Minnesota Extension announced recently it will begin offering one-to-one financial counseling to farmers in serious financial stress. “We know that due to a variety of factors, including on-going low ...

Fertilizer formulations

It is that time of the year again, when lawn enthusiasts are getting prepared to have that perfect lawn. To get the most value out of your lawn fertilizer, an understanding of what your lawn needs and what a particular fertilizer can supply is essential. If you understand what is on ...

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Request for proposals for local foods projects in southwest Minnesota People who have an idea that improves food access and availability, and/or strengthens community food systems in southwest Minnesota should contact SWRSDP. The University of Minnesota’s Southwest Regional Sustainable ...