Ag and Extension

Ag and Extension Briefs

Webinar examines making dairy production decisions Maximizing profit while cutting costs during periods of low milk prices can be challenging. The Four State Dairy Extension group will offer a webinar at noon on July 24 to discuss tips for maximizing profitability, nutrition management, and ...

Taking care of gardens after rain

The heat and humidity announces July is here like no other. With all of the rain we have been receiving, we have also been hit hard with millions of mosquitos. You know that the mosquitos are bad when you have to wear a heavy jacket out into the garden to weed or pick your vegetables. This is ...

Dairy tour focuses on key animal care protocols

The I-29 Moo University will be highlighting best management practices on Boadwine Farms and Crosswind Jerseys during the “Treat Me Right” Implementing Best Management Practices Summer Tour. During the tour there will be demonstrations of proper euthanasia techniques and discussions of farm ...

State’s first MN CREP easement illustrates conservation on ag land

Seeded with a pollinator-friendly mix and signed with white placards, the state’s first recorded Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program (MN CREP) easement borders a public ditch that runs through Robert and Cathy VanderLinden’s Redwood County corn field. It’s a conservation ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

PQA and TQA certification sessions scheduled University of Minnesota Extension, in partnership with Minnesota Pork Board, will offer Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions in Marshall on Wednesday, July 18. The quality assurance ...

Native grasses

There is a new publication out from the U of M Extension via Mary Meyer and Diane Narem. There may be a few of you out there who have heard of Mary Meyer with the U of M Extension with all of the work she has completed on grasses for our garden. She and Narem have a vast amount of information ...

Apples

The 4th of July marks an important day in the garden for our apple trees. I set some of my mental calendars by holidays in order to keep them all straight on what to do when. This is when the time comes to make sure you are ready for apple maggot season. You can try all sort of different ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Webinar series discusses 2018 dairy situation Farming is one of the most stressful occupations in the United States. This is particularly true for dairy farmers as they are experiencing an extended period of low milk prices. In response to the current dairy situation, the Four State Dairy ...

Perennials

It looks like this year we will be getting plenty of moisture. Typically, about Flag Day, it stops raining for the most part and then we start to dry out. I am not sure if that will happen this year. The excessive rain is hard on the crops and also on our vegetable gardens. The perennial ...

Treating trees

We are finally well into our gardening time but I have to admit that there are still some head shakers going on in some of our gardens. I think most of the strange or unusual things that fellow gardeners are reporting back to me have a lot to do with our April snowstorm that was shortly ...

What to expect in 2018

Heavy spring rains resulting in flooded fields and delayed planting for many farmers in southern Minnesota. Fortunately winter gave wave to summer heat and planting was hectic right up to the insurance final planting dates for corn and soybeans. The majority of farmers were able to get the crop ...

Free financial counseling for Minn. farmers

Low prices the past five years have increased financial stress on family farms. University of Minnesota Extension offers free, one-on-one financial counseling to farmers experiencing financial stress. Here’s what a recent program participant said: “We called the U of M Extension Farm ...

It’s not too late

Now that we have crept into June, it is that time of the year again to play….It’s not too late! As in, it’s not too late to treat your lawn for weeds is it? Or it’s not too late to keep planting things in the vegetable garden, is it? And it’s not too late to plant trees or shrubs, is ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training 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 Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Training from 1-5 p.m. Wednesday, June 27, at the U of M ...

Mulching

The need to water and weed less are always a priority for gardeners. We love our gardens but we also need to be able to enjoy them. When my kids were little, it was always guaranteed that they would be in the garden alongside me, mostly playing with Tonka toys or their tractors. Now that they ...

Prevented plant insurance coverage dates announced

Heavy spring rains resulting in flooded fields have delayed planting for many farmers in southern Minnesota. Many of these farmers will have to decide what to do when the final planting dates of May 31 for corn and June 10 for soybeans arrive. The USDA’s Federal Crop Insurance Corporation ...

Emerald Ash Borer

We are easing our way into gardening this year whether we want to or not. The crazy winter weather has left us scrambling not only in our gardens but in our crop fields too. There are many gardeners and farmers alike that are within about 2 hours of us that have not yet turned a wheel on either ...

AURI can help develop an idea that adds value to ag products

Minnesota organizations, research firms, individuals or businesses may now apply to access funding, facilities and research expertise through the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute’s (AURI) Agricultural Innovation Partnership (AIP) program. The program is intended to support ...

Challenging spring continues planting delays

Although planting progress has been made in some areas of the state, a persistent abundance of precipitation has left water standing in fields across the southern tier of counties in Minnesota. What can be anticipated for yield impacts in corn? Long-term research at the Southwest Research ...

Lawn care

This weekend seemed like the big kick off to gardening — finally! Not only did we have Julie Weisenhorn from the U of M talking to area gardeners at our Master Gardener event, we also had her working with youth from Lyon and Lincoln counties with her Flowers for Pollinators programs. The day ...