Ag and Extension

Ag and Extension Briefs

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 ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

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 ...

Pruning time

Spring time is pruning time in Minnesota. The late dormant season is best for most pruning. Pruning in late winter, just before spring growth starts, leaves fresh wounds exposed for only a short length of time before new growth begins the wound sealing process. Another advantage of dormant ...

Farming green with cover crops

BALATON — Randy Tholen’s curiosity for agriculture research goes back to when he was growing up on his family’s farm in Tracy. “When I was 8 or 10 years old, I was always doing research,” Tholen said. “I was planting things in the garden. One thing I can remember, back in ...

The Master Gardener program

I have been a proud member of The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program for almost 25 years. It 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 ...

Ag Briefs

State agriculture director says Trump policies a concern ELLENSBURG, Wash. (AP) — While Washington’s farm economy is doing well, the director of the state Department of Agriculture says the Trump administration’s trade policies are a concern. Derek Sandison said Tuesday that President ...

The top 10

The one really great thing about being connected to the University of Minnesota is that we get to use so many of their research topics to our own advantage. This is certainly true with the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris when it comes to gardening. ...

Ag Briefs

Commodity trends and marketing plans to be featured at conference Commodity trends, marketing plans, crop production budgets and farm profitability in southwest Minnesota will be featured at the 2017 Farm Management Profitability Conference on Wednesday, March 22, at the University of ...

Kids and gardening

Mother Nature is teasing us with these warmer temperatures but don’t be fooled. There is still a lot of winter coming. But in the meantime, we can start to prepare for our gardens, at least on paper or mentally. There are quite a few communities throughout the United States that are moving ...

Extension Briefs

Minnesota farmland sales down Slightly in 2016 By David Bau Extension educator Last month I listed the average sales prices for farmland sold in the first six months of 2016 for 14 southwest Minnesota counties. That data indicated a 2.6 percent decline in sale prices from 2015 to ...

Ag Briefs

Swedish supermarket tests lasers to label organic produce MALMO, Sweden (AP) — Something high-tech is happening in the produce aisle at some Swedish supermarkets, where laser marks have replaced labels on the organic avocados and sweet potatoes. Swedish supermarket chain ICA started ...

Farm Outlook and Education Seminar Feb. 15 at SMSU

Four speakers with broad ag-related backgrounds will highlight the 33rd annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar, set for Wednesday, Feb. 15, at Southwest Minnesota State University. The event features ag experts talking about topics that relate to current agriculture markets, farm estate ...

Hormel stops taking pigs from farm shown in undercover video

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Hormel Foods Corp. said Tuesday it has stopped accepting hogs from a pork supplier in Oklahoma after an animal rights group released undercover video from a farm the supplier owns showing pigs in crowded pens and being hit with gas cans. The company said is ...

Indiana popcorn harvest sets record 500M pounds in 2016

EST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (AP) — Federal agriculture officials say Indiana’s popcorn harvest set a record last year with yields up nearly 30 percent compared to 2015. The U.S. Department of Agriculture reported Tuesday that 2016 total production was a record nearly 500 million pounds worth ...

Senate eases regulations on grain buying, warehousing

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) — The Senate has approved a proposal to ease regulatory restrictions on grain buyers and warehouses in South Dakota. Public Utilities Commission spokesman Chris Nelson said the bill streamlines the process for getting access to a bond that covers grain buying or ...

NASA’s research on plants

What do the following plants have in common: Hedera helix English ivy, Chlorophytum comosum spider plant, Epipiremnum aureum golden pothos and Spathiphyllum “Mauna Loa” peace lily? They clean your house or your office space air. Plant scientists already knew that many plants clean the air, ...

Ag Briefs

New Mexico pecan farmers see record-high prices for crop LAS CRUCES, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico pecan farmers and backyard growers are receiving record-high prices for the crop. The Las Cruces Sun-News reported a new federal report for farmers in New Mexico, Arizona, and West Texas shows the ...

Ag Briefs

Lincoln County farmer leaders add experience to National Biodiesel Conference Representatives of the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council (MSR&PC) will add their unique perspective and experience to the National Biodiesel Conference, as industry leaders gather to address a ...

Christmas plants

The Christmas decorations are being put away and our homes seem just a bit bare since Christmas came and went. We have our houseplants and in particular, those Christmas plants such as poinsettias, Christmas cactus, amaryllis plants and Norfolk pine, and these plants can use a little extra TLC ...