Ag and Extension

Tending to orchids

We are in the depths of winter with around 50 days or so left to “grin and bear it.” We are all hardy individuals but it is also nice to see some color in our house-something green and growing. If your amaryllis plants are done flowering, you can depend on orchids to fill their place. In ...

Ag Briefs

SMSU Farm Outlook & Education seminar scheduled for Feb. 13 The 35th annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar will be from 9 a.m.-2:45 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 13, in the Conference Center Ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Farm Outlook & Education Seminar is a ...

Outstanding trees

It’s January. It’s cold and the last thing on most of our minds is gardening. For the hardy Minnesota gardeners who are out there, you have probably already started to seed things like onions and leeks for this coming summer’s garden space. You may not be gardening outside but you are ...

University of Minnesota ROC Research Update Feb. 13 at SWROC

The Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC) near Lamberton is hosting an ROC Research Update on Wednesday, Feb. 13. The ROC Research Update will highlight current University of Minnesota agricultural research that is conducted at the Southwest, Southern and West Central Research & ...

Training opportunities

Gardening is an ever changing activity. I believe that each year that I have been a master gardener, there has been something new for us to try and that is not just related to new plant material. This is the start of my 27th year of being a master gardener. I think that because it changes all ...

Register now for PorkBridge and SowBridge programs

Registration for both PorkBridge and SowBridge distance education programs is now open. PorkBridge is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. SowBridge is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or their litters, and boars, including operation ...

Ag Briefs

Specialty Crop Research and Development Grants Available The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is encouraging organizations that benefit Minnesota fruit, vegetable, and other specialty crop producers to apply for Specialty Crop Block Grants (SCBG) to help increase the competitiveness ...

Announcing Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshops

If you need to renew your Private Pesticide Applicator certification, you can do so by attending one of the upcoming recertification workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension. These workshops offer a great opportunity to review regulations and safety issues related to pesticide ...

A new year

A new year for us to start planning on something new for the garden. It is always exciting to start getting those gardening catalogs in the mail at this time of the year and to think about what new plants we might want to try in the garden. It could be new annuals, perennials or vegetable ...

Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program

Becoming a certified farm shows the community that farmers are doing what they can to protect our water. This is a voluntary program for farmers and agricultural landowners to show what conservation practices they are implementing for protecting our water. The certification is valid for 10 ...

Houseplant insects

The depths of winter are upon us but if you happen to look up you will see a sign or two of spring already as the branches of many of our trees are getting the leaf buds ready for warmer temperatures. However, we have some time to wait while Old Man Winter decides to release his grip on us. ...

Gardening books

We are down to the wire now with our holiday gift shopping. If you have a gardener in the family that you are trying to figure out what they would like to have for a Christmas present, here are a few ideas. We are always in need of gardening tools. You name it, it seems like we could use it. ...

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a very beautiful plant to have in your home at Christmas time. They are, for the most part, quite easy to take care of as well. For many of us, we also give these as gifts to family and friends too. In the old days, we only saw them in red and now they seem to come in all sorts ...

Partnering for better local government

This column on Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) partnership efforts is the first of a two-part series explaining how the SWCD is improving local government and conservation implementation. The cities of Canby, Porter, St. Leo, Clarkfield, Granite Falls, Wood ...

Innovation Grant Program proposal deadline is Dec. 31

Minnesota corn farmers once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program. Proposals are being accepted until Dec. 31. In its fourth year, the Innovation Grant Program is accepting proposals focused on ...

Christmas trees

It is that time of the year again when we decorate our homes and use evergreens to keep our homes looking beautiful and full of light during the shorter days of the year. I really enjoy seeing the beautiful Christmas decorations and especially the greenery that is in the stores at this time of ...

LED lighting for houseplants

As we have moved our gardening indoors, it may be necessary to provide some better or more lighting for some of our plants. Due to space, most of my houseplants are sitting near windows in the basement of my home and they seem to do just fine with some exceptions. The first is that the basement ...

Ag Briefs

Winter manure applications: Steps to take to prevent runoff, nutrient loss and water contamination Snow-covered and frozen soils make land application of manure a challenge. Producers run the risk of runoff, leading to loss of soil nutrients and potential contamination of water resources. The ...

Ag Briefs

Agribusiness luncheon is Nov. 27 at SMSU AgriBusiness luncheon featuring a presentation from Olga Reuvekamp with MARL, Sang Jung with Department of Agriculture, Culinology & Hospitality and Michael Stutelberg with AURI will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Southwest ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Women in Ag Network December Workshop is Dec. 13 in Willmar The Women in Ag Network will host its December workshop, Micro-Loans, Grants, and Traditional Farm Financing, on Dec. 13 in Willmar at the University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office (1802 18th St. NE, Willmar). Starting with ...