Ag and Extension

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 ...

Ag Briefs

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 ...

Field Studies: What do you mean 5 bushels per acre is not significant?

Utilizing sound research results to help make decisions on the farm is a wise business practice. It can be confusing, however, when you see two numbers that are clearly not the same labeled as “not significantly different.” One can quickly calculate the value of a few bushels per acre over ...

Ag Briefs

FSA reminds foreign buyers of requirements The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers this program for USDA. All ...

Food for pollinators

The flowers are starting to fade out with the approach of full blown fall and winter yet to come. It is about now that we start to look forward (already) to next year and what we can do differently in our gardens. I would like to challenge those who read this column to establish their own ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Become an Extension Master Gardener in Lyon County If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. Applications are being accepted for the Lyon County Extension ...

Landowners asked to help keep snow off local roads this winter

As farmers prepare to harvest their crops this fall, they should consider leaving a few rows of standing corn to help control blowing and drifting snow, as well as improve visibility, on Minnesota roads this winter, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT pays farmers ...

Fall is a good time check for noxious weeds and invasive species

Noxious and invasive plants are economically and environmentally damaging. Minnesota property owners are responsible for controlling noxious weeds on their property. Many noxious weeds are seeding in the fall and noticeable in ditches, woodlands and field edges. This fall, people are asked to ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop to be held in Willmar Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies? Are you a cottage food producer? If you are, attend the Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, ...

How insects survive winter

One of the things that I like about gardening is that there is a lot of science behind it, sometimes we don’t even think about it. An example of this is something that we will all be seeing ongoing from now until the first snows come in our area — how plants and insects survive our winter. ...

Emerald Ash Borers

The final mad dash to the finish line is upon us in the vegetable garden. The last of the sweet corn is being put away for the year, and we are trying to keep up with a robust crop of tomatoes. It seems that the plants are putting all their energy into getting it all done all at one time. As we ...

A helpful booklet

Technology is something that we can use even in the garden setting. However, like so many things that are out there, there is so much to wade through that it is hard to find information that is reliable, let alone, easy to use. Not so long ago, the U of M Extension started offering a few ...

Ag Briefs

2016 PLC payment rates and ARC actual prices for wheat, barley and oats The Agricultural Act of 2014 provides for payments for covered commodities through the Price Loss Coverage (PLC) program when the market year average price is below the reference price. Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC) ...

Marketing grain in low price market

Current marketing opportunities for the 2017 crop have been below the average farmer’s breakeven prices. Each year farmers in my marketing groups determine breakeven prices needed to cover their crop input costs and living expenses. The average cash breakeven price is $4.26 for corn and ...

U of M Extension to hold hail clinic on Monday in Wilmont

Severe weather on the night of Aug. 18 brought strong winds, heavy rain, hail and confirmed tornadoes to parts of southwestern Minnesota. Damage to buildings and crops was particularly heavy throughout parts of Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, and Rock counties and into Iowa. In an effort to provide ...

Cicada killers

They’re back! The warmer weather brought out the cicadas, which in themselves are a pretty neat insect to look for and study. However, their arch nemesis, the cicada killers, are also back and coming back in droves. From some preliminary studies through the U of M and other places, bees and ...