Ag and Extension

Moles, voles and shrews

I think one of the reasons why many of us garden is to attract wildlife of different forms to our gardens. However, there are times when we may wonder why certain forms of wildlife have to make our lives so difficult. There are three such animals that will start to show up in our gardens soon ...

Think about joining a marketing group

Marketing groups and clubs have been in existence for many years and give farmers the opportunity to share and discuss marketing ideas and strategies. I have worked with several groups since 1999 and currently meet with four groups. Most groups consist of 10 to 20 member farms and meet 12 to 20 ...

Master Gardeners

Calling all gardeners! The Lyon County Master Gardener program will be offering the annual “Get Ready to Garden” from 12:30-4 p.m. May 3 at the Marshall Lyon County Library. This funtastic day will include some wonderful information which will also include Julie Weisenhorn who is an ...

Invasive Species Update: Terrestrial and aquatic

Do you know the terrestrial and aquatic invasive species that are in Minnesota and are in our area? Learn more about these pests at the Invasive Species Update, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 24, at the Knights of Columbus Hall (920 E. 10th St.) in Fairmont. This program is free and open to ...

Starting seeds

This spring is a tough one, not only on our area farmers but on us gardeners too. From what the weatherman explains, if Canada is sitting on a lot of snow, we have a harder time warming up here in Minnesota. Canada still has a lot of snow. So, while we are waiting, what can we do to get a start ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Minnesota Agroforestry Institute in Lamberton Come join us as we learn ecological and economic values of integrating trees and crops (or livestock) together as one landuse system. This is called agroforestry, which is considered a sustainable agricultural practice. The Minnesota ...

Testing the garden soil

Soil testing, whether it be your lawn or your favorite garden, may seem like the most boring part (next to weeding) of gardening. However, since we all look forward to those lovely blooms and those larger than life tomatoes, this is a very necessary part of gardening. While we wait for Mom ...

Getting started

The first of April is right around the corner, and we still have snow on the ground. What is a gardener to do? It is hard for all of us at this time of the year as our impatience starts to show as we want to get outside and plant something. If you are calving or lambing, it is hard to keep your ...

Plants for pollinators

I have written before about the U of M Extension’s program and study regarding flowering plants for pollinators. We sometimes scoff a bit out here that most of the research is being done primarily in the metro area but not this year. The umbrella of the U of M Extension program is larger than ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Farming with low margins or losses Current economics with $3 corn and $9 soybean prices do not work very well with $250 rents and yields of 200 bushels for corn and 55 bushels for soybeans. Total costs associated with $250 cash rent would average $760 for corn and $530 for soybeans. Using ...

As MN CREP unrolls, reasons for enrolling cropland multiply

Nine months in to the new Minnesota Conservation Reserve Enhancement Program enrollment period, those motivations have sparked the most sign-ups throughout 54 eligible counties in the southern and western parts of the state. “It’s going to accomplish a lot as part of the conservation ...

Ag Briefs

‘Adding Value at the Speed of Innovation’ Forum is from April 11, 12 in suburban Plymouth Adding to the outstanding networking opportunities and the chance to work together toward a common goal of encouraging new ag growth and innovation in the Upper Midwest, the second AURI New Uses Ag ...

New plants for the season

I think that one of the best ever jobs to have is to work with a plant company and get to help name newly developed plants for the home garden. They always come up with some fantastic names that certainly keep things interesting. A short look through the web and you will find all sorts of new ...

Rolling the dice on plants

Reading labels has not always been my forte. I usually don’t bring my glasses along to read the fine print. However, this is something that we can all do better especially when it comes to reading those fine printed plant labels. If you purchase your perennials, trees and shrubs from a ...

Ag Briefs

Biodiesel workshop is March 6 in Marshall The “Be Ready for B20” workshop sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council March 6 in Marshall. The workshop is one of a dozen to be conducted throughout the state. The stated goal is to help the industry prepare for the ...

Becoming a master gardener

The 2017 Master Gardener State report is out. There are 2,342 Master Gardeners in the state who gave 145,134 volunteer hours with 201,123 Minnesotans reached for assistance with their horticulture questions and projects. So, what does a Minnesota Master gardener do? First, Minnesota Master ...

Ag Briefs

AURI presents its second New Uses Innovation Forum, April 11-12 Following its successful 2017 inaugural New Uses Forum that drew over 150 agricultural professionals, entrepreneurs and news media, the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) has announced its second “New Uses ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Small grain winter workshops offered The University of Minnesota Extension is offering four Small Grain Winter Workshops in central, western, and southern Minnesota in February to address small grain production. Row crop farming brings busy spring and fall workloads. There are also pests ...

10 steps for success in seed starting

As we head toward the middle of February, we all know winter is pretty much downhill from here. Thank goodness for that! However, we still need to get through some of the harder months for gardeners as our patience starts to wane just a bit with Mother Nature. We can start thinking about ...

About lilies

This winter, the garden talk between my daughter and me has been about lilies. She has grown to love these gems of the garden and with good reason. They come in so many colors, sizes and are so fragrant what is not to love? The University of Minnesota has some great information about growing ...