Ag and Extension

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 ...

Getting your nutrient balances just right

As many of you know, the vegetable garden that my family and I raise each year is a large garden. There are larger ones out there, and there are certainly smaller ones too. There are some that make most of their family budget through their garden and selling at the local farmers’ markets too. ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

SMSU Farm Outlook & Education Seminar scheduled for Feb. 14 The 34th annual Farm Outlook & Education Seminar will be from 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 14, in the Conference Center Ballroom at Southwest Minnesota State University. The Farm Outlook & Education Seminar is a ...

Popcorn

The conversation sort of went like this, “What are you writing about this week, mom?” “Popcorn,” I said. “You can’t grow popcorn; it comes in a bag.” Oh dear, it has been a while since I have raised popcorn on the farm, but I see I have an opportunity to share just how fun ...

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 ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Applications being accepted for MARL Class X Applications are now being accepted for the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) Class X. MARL is a dynamic two-year educational experience featuring nine three-day in-state seminars, a six-day national study seminar and a 10- to ...

SW Minnesota farmland values decline 6.1 percent in 2017

At the end of each year for the last 23 years, a survey has been conducted of farm land sales in 14 southwestern Minnesota counties. The survey reports bare farm land sales to non-related parties for the first six months of each year. Land values had been steadily increasing until 2014. After ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Register now for workshop on growing soybeans that out-compete weeds Weed management has become one of the most significant challenges in crop production as herbicide resistance continues to increase. Learn about the latest research and information to address these challenges by attending a ...

New or new again in 2018

The year 2018 is right around the corner and that means looking ahead in garden trends. We gardeners spend many cold days looking through garden catalogs and other books, thinking ahead of what we would like to do in the next year. You may have already been taking stock of gardening plans ...

Registration for PorkBridge and SowBridge programs open

Registration for both PorkBridge and SowBridge distance education programs is now open. PorkBridge begins its 12th year and is aimed at those who own, manage or work in swine grow-finish facilities. SowBridge begins its 10th year and is for people involved in managing or caring for sows, and/or ...

Watering plants

Water, as we all know, is something that most, if not all, of life on earth needs to survive. We sort of turn the tables on our houseplants when we bring them indoors and start to use the water that comes out of our tap. This was particularly true for me when I noticed that my beautiful spider ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

I-29 Moo University 2018 Winter Workshop Series Learn how to incorporate cover crops and new forage genetic lines into the forage production system for dairies at the upcoming I-29 Extension dairy meeting. The Minnesota workshop will be Jan. 10, 2018, in Pipestone at the Pipestone Veterinary ...

A few book suggestions

There is always that one person in your family that is hard to figure out what to get them for Christmas. If they are a gardener who has it all, well, books are always a great item for gift giving to them. So, here are a few suggestions that might work well for that person on your list this ...

Taking care of orchids

Orchids are gaining popularity in our area each year. I really enjoy growing them and the fact that when they do bloom, they hold their blooms for a very long time. Months, in fact. They are easy to raise and when you know a few tricks, it is easy to get them to bloom again and again. There are ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

U of M Extension Beef Team will present the 2017 Cattle Feeder Days Program The University of Minnesota Extension Beef Team will present the 2017 Cattle Feeder Days Program in December. The U of M Extension Beef Team will present two programs focused on opportunities to influence cattle ...

Holiday plants

It is that time of the year that we start to fill our homes with all sorts of plant goods. There is the real Christmas tree, the wreaths, garland, flowers and other plants. Where does a gardener even start? Once you have all of the plants together in your home, then there is the task of keeping ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Minnesota National Farmers State Convention is Saturday in New Ulm Two major speakers will highlight the Minnesota National Farmers State Convention Saturday in New Ulm. The first is Carroll Wade, a national director from New York State who will discuss the current dairy price crisis ...

Minnesota Corn Growers Association funds farmers tackling conservation

In the second year of the Innovation Grant Program, MCGA will provide $300,000 for farmer-led research projects Minnesota corn farmers will once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Growers Association’s (MCGA) Innovation ...