Ag and Extension

Ag and Extension Briefs

Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive to be offered “Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive and Thrive” a financial management workshop, will be taught across the state. Dave Bau, Joleen Hadrich, Rob Holcomb, Nathan Hulinsky, Megan Roberts, extension ...

Managing wet corn with a late harvest

WORTHINGTON — There is a significant amount of corn to be harvested throughout the Upper Midwest. Grain moisture for most of this corn is not at a level safe for long-term storage, ranging from 17 to 20 percent. Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, Extension engineer with North Dakota State University, is ...

Bringing plants indoors

As we have moved our houseplants indoors for the winter (along with ourselves), we can still turn on some creative juices to keep gardening throughout the winter months. I am sure that you may still be moving some plants around to see where they will fit best in your home and have thoughts ...

Ag Briefs

Manure from Iowa dairy farm blamed for deaths of 60K fish NEW VIENNA, Iowa (AP) — Authorities are blaming a manure runoff from a dairy farm for killing about 60,000 fish in eastern Iowa. The farm is situated about 3 miles east of New Vienna. The fish kill was reported Oct. 9 after fish ...

Asian lady beetles

Fall brings about falling leaves, beautiful colors, the last of the produce coming out of the garden and multicolored Asian lady beetles. As a gardener and a farm wife, I am always battling insects getting into the house from flies to beetles and crickets to multicolored Asian lady beetles. ...

What direction will 2018 farmlands rents go?

Each year I put together tables listing actual farmland rental rates by county from Adult Farm Management Records. Unfortunately farmers and landlords are starting to negotiate 2018 farmland rental rates and the last actual numbers available are for 2016 so I am forced to estimate figures for ...

Preparing for winter

This is generally the time of the year to finish up any gardening tasks. The weather certainly has made many of these tasks difficult and we may start to think that we should put some of them off until next spring. We can still move plants especially trees. The rain we have been receiving will ...

Ag Briefs

Census of Agriculture countdown begins for America’s farmers and ranchers America’s farmers and ranchers will soon have the opportunity to strongly represent agriculture in their communities and industry by taking part in the 2017 Census of Agriculture. Conducted every five years by the ...

Supporting the pollinators

It is usually about this time of the year that I am writing about keeping up watering in our gardens and landscapes because we normally are quite dry at this time of the year. I would say that at this point in time, we can start looking forward to putting the hoses away. The generous rains from ...

Field Studies: What do you mean 5 bushels per acre is not significant?

Utilizing sound research results to help make decisions on the farm is a wise business practice. It can be confusing, however, when you see two numbers that are clearly not the same labeled as “not significantly different.” One can quickly calculate the value of a few bushels per acre over ...

Ag Briefs

FSA reminds foreign buyers of requirements The Agricultural Foreign Investment Disclosure Act (AFIDA) requires all foreign owners of U.S. agricultural land to report their holdings to the Secretary of Agriculture. The Farm Service Agency (FSA) administers this program for USDA. All ...

Food for pollinators

The flowers are starting to fade out with the approach of full blown fall and winter yet to come. It is about now that we start to look forward (already) to next year and what we can do differently in our gardens. I would like to challenge those who read this column to establish their own ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Become an Extension Master Gardener in Lyon County If you have an interest in plants and gardening and would enjoy sharing that interest with others, apply to become a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. Applications are being accepted for the Lyon County Extension ...

Landowners asked to help keep snow off local roads this winter

As farmers prepare to harvest their crops this fall, they should consider leaving a few rows of standing corn to help control blowing and drifting snow, as well as improve visibility, on Minnesota roads this winter, according to the Minnesota Department of Transportation. MnDOT pays farmers ...

Fall is a good time check for noxious weeds and invasive species

Noxious and invasive plants are economically and environmentally damaging. Minnesota property owners are responsible for controlling noxious weeds on their property. Many noxious weeds are seeding in the fall and noticeable in ditches, woodlands and field edges. This fall, people are asked to ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop to be held in Willmar Do you make and sell baked goods, home-canned pickles, salsa, jam and jellies? Are you a cottage food producer? If you are, attend the Advanced Cottage Food Producer Food Safety Workshop from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Wednesday, ...

How insects survive winter

One of the things that I like about gardening is that there is a lot of science behind it, sometimes we don’t even think about it. An example of this is something that we will all be seeing ongoing from now until the first snows come in our area — how plants and insects survive our winter. ...

Emerald Ash Borers

The final mad dash to the finish line is upon us in the vegetable garden. The last of the sweet corn is being put away for the year, and we are trying to keep up with a robust crop of tomatoes. It seems that the plants are putting all their energy into getting it all done all at one time. As we ...

A helpful booklet

Technology is something that we can use even in the garden setting. However, like so many things that are out there, there is so much to wade through that it is hard to find information that is reliable, let alone, easy to use. Not so long ago, the U of M Extension started offering a few ...