Ag and Extension

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 ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Outlook 2018 for corn and soybean crops With heavy April snowfall farmers are just getting started planting their 2018 crops with hopes of good yields and good prices. There has been plenty of spring moisture and now the cropping season will take off in full swing when the soil dries out. ...

Information from Extension

The University of Minnesota Extension is here and working well. I have often talked about what the U can do you. In the days gone by, my mom was a stay- at-home mom, at least for part of my growing up years. We were always involved in some way with the Extension service (they have dropped ...

Weather delays corn planting but optimal window still open

Much of Minnesota has been covered in snow past mid-April and it will take some time for field conditions to dry enough for field work and planting to begin. Farmers are encouraged to consider the following as they wait for the 2018 corn planting season to begin. Planting date: University of ...

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 ...