Ag and Extension

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 ...

Ag Briefs

Murray County FSA to have third county committee election informational meeting Murray County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds farmers and landowners that FSA is hosting an informational meeting regarding the 2017 County Committee election process at 10 a.m. Aug. 21, in the north front ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Production questions to be addressed at cover crop and soil health learning tour By Lizabeth Stahl Extension educator in crops What impacts can we expect on soil health and productivity with cover crops, reduced tillage and/or a more diversified cropping system? Should I adjust my weed or ...

European earwigs

There is yet one more insect from Europe that has been brought here that is “bugging” all of us of late and that is European earwigs. We have always had them in our area but the numbers have begun to climb so that is why we are seeing more of them in and around our homes. They received ...

Outlook for 2017 corn and soybeans

I was asked to speak at Farmfest on a panel discussing Strategies for Farming in Challenging Times. I thought I would examine some of the reasons for the stress in farming. If you look at 2016 farming result for corn and soybean producers, the numbers are better than they were in 2015 according ...

FSA offers Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) for livestock losses

The Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) compensates livestock owners and contract growers for livestock death losses in excess of normal mortality due to adverse weather, including losses due to wildfires, hurricanes, floods, blizzards, extreme heat or extreme cold. For 2017, eligible losses ...

Field studies: Setting up a trail

Higher yields, greater efficiency, reduced environmental impact! This may sound like a used-car dealership sales pitch, but it could represent the objectives that make an operation sustainable. Increasingly, farmers are generating on-farm research data that encompass a wide range of practical ...

Picnic beetles

Mid to late July is raspberry picking time on our farm. We will move right into picking green beans soon as well so it keeps us busy in the vegetable garden as we keep marching into late summer. I have been a traditional raspberry grower and I have two patches of Latham raspberries. The heat ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

FSA County Committee nomination period in Lyon County now open The nomination period for the Lyon FSA county committee began on June 15. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Lyon County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1. County Committees are unique to FSA and ...

Weed killer turns neighbor against neighbor in farm country

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — A longtime Arkansas soybean farmer, Mike Wallace thought of his neighbors as a community and always was willing to lend a hand if they faced any hardships with their crops. “Mike would do anything for any farmer,” his wife, Karen, said. “If there was a farmer ...

Gardening questions

As the saying goes, a picture is worth a million words. This is so true when I spend time with you, my fellow gardeners, in trying to discover what is going on with a particular plant. We are very fortunate that the U of M Extension has a website that can help you out through the use of ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Minnesota’s economy and climate’s influence on ag to be featured at conference Minnesota’s economy and how the changing climate influences agriculture are the highlighted topics of the 34th annual Southwest Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference scheduled for Tuesday, Aug. 8, at the University ...

Poison Hemlock

This past week the Minnesota Master Gardener program passed along information to the state’s Master Gardeners in regard to Poison Hemlock. The weed had been found in southeast Minnesota and as weeds seem to go, it could very well be in other places. According to the Minnesota Department of ...

Ag Briefs

Sheep For Profit School July 5-8 Mark your calendar and plan to attend the 2017 Pipestone Lamb and Wool Sheep for Profit School, which will be July 5-8 in Pipestone. This will be the 9th course offering with 154 past participants from 23 different states completing the course. The Sheep ...

Powdery mildew

The hard work in our gardens is starting to pay off as we start to reap the rewards from this spring. There are folks who have powdery mildew showing up in their gardens (see more information on this below) and because of the wet start to our summer, there are many who have had problems with ...

Ag Briefs

Soil and water management and conservation to be featured at Field Day Soil and water management and conservation are the focus of the 6th Soil and Water Management Field Day on Tuesday, July 18, at the U of MN Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton. This free ...

Minnesota Hardy

There is a wonderful website that the U of M has put together that I wonder if many gardeners are aware of. It is called Minnesota Hardy. The website address is https://mnhardy.umn.edu/. “Minnesota Hardy describes over 150 horticultural plants released by Minnesota Agricultural Experiment ...

FSA county committee nomination period opens in Lyon County

The nomination period for the Lyon FSA county committee began on June 15. Nomination forms must be postmarked or received in the Lyon County FSA Office by close of business on Aug. 1. County committees are unique to FSA and allow producers to have a voice on federal farm program ...

Watering your garden

It is hard to believe that after all of the rain we received this spring that I would be talking about watering your garden. The hot weather that is moving in to our area this weekend will be a challenge for our gardens, particularly to any newly planted shrubs and trees. It will also be a ...

Ag Briefs

Minnesota Farm Bureau recognizes Sesquicentennial Farms The Minnesota Farm Bureau recognizes 33 recipients of the Sesquicentennial Farm award for 2017. A commemorative certificate signed by Gov. Mark Dayton, Minnesota Department of Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Farm ...