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Blackberries

October 30, 2014 I love a challenge. A blackberry challenge, specifically, was given to me a few years ago and I took said person up on it. The challenge was that you can’t grow blackberries reliably in our area. more »»

 
 
 
Ag Briefs

October 30, 2014 Minnesota to consider ban on certain pesticides ST. more »»

Talkin’ trees

October 23, 2014 The dust hanging in the air and the hum of grain dryers in the distance, or in my case, in the backyard, signals that harvest season is in full swing this fall. more »»

Remember your lawn this fall

October 16, 2014 It is grass gardening time again! This is the part of the growing season that when things tend to wind down in our flower and vegetable beds, it is time to pay attention to our lawns. more »»

Fifteen years later, restoration stands the test of time

October 16, 2014 Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources There is value in reflecting on past restoration projects — successes and failures — to learn what worked and what didn’t. more »»

Can’t stop buzzing about those bees

October 9, 2014 This week, we have more “bee talk.” My husband and I recently enjoyed, much by chance, a bee crawling around on the ground where we were standing near our pasture. more »»

Cover Crops in a Corn/Soybean Rotation Field Day is Nov. 13

October 9, 2014 Interest in cover crops has increased over the past few years. How to most effectively integrate cover crops into a corn/soybean rotation, however, remains a key question. On Nov. more »»

Trying some new things in the garden

September 25, 2014 The sun is starting to set on another gardening season. There were some battles won and some lost. In the end, where I garden, I was lucky we had the rainfall that was needed. more »»

Hydrangeas in the garden

September 18, 2014 If you drove or walked the 3-mile drive at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum during late summer or fall in 2013, chances are you stopped for a visit at the Earth-Kind hydrangea trial. more »»

Management strategies and the future of our watershed

September 18, 2014 The Yellow Medicine River Watershed District, the Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCDS) and the Environmental Offices and Planning and Zoning offices of the Lincoln, Lyon, Yellow Medicine,... more »»

Fall harvest

September 11, 2014 The fall harvest is on — not only in our crop fields but also in our gardens. Tomatoes, potatoes, apples, squash, pumpkins, gourds and the list goes on. more »»

Area fourth-graders to attend field day

September 11, 2014 Fourth-graders — 682 in all — from 15 area elementary schools will participate in the Southwest Research and Outreach Center’s Elementary Field Day next Wednesday and Thursday. more »»

Protecting pollinators

September 4, 2014 We have been making some progressive steps toward looking at what we are doing in our gardens and on our farms in order to do our part in protecting pollinators. more »»

Working together

September 4, 2014 Editor’s Note: The Yellow Medicine River Watershed District, the Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCDS) and the Environmental Offices and Planning and Zoning offices of the Lincoln, Lyon,... more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

September 4, 2014 FairRent available online The Center for Farm Financial Management, part of University of Minnesota Extension, has just released a tool to help producers and landlords evaluate alternative land... more »»

Enjoy the season

August 21, 2014 The beauty is in the season, and the season for beautiful things is right now. The perennial gardens are so beautiful this year, and I am not only speaking of my own garden. more »»

More on watersheds

August 21, 2014 Editor’s Note: The Yellow medicine River Watershed District, the Soil and Water Conservations Districts (SWCDS) and the Environmental Offices and Planning and Zoning offices of the Lincoln, Lyon,... more »»

Apple time

August 14, 2014 As summer fades into fall, it is apple time. There are many of us who have already been enjoying our apples, picked right from our own trees for the past couple of weeks. more »»

A shout-out to the hydrangea

July 31, 2014 This year I have been determined to purchase a hydrangea for each of my gardens. These beautiful, classic, yet, versatile plants are a must have for most garden. more »»

Be on the lookout for hollyhock rust

July 24, 2014 According to our experts at the U of M Arboretum, frequent rains this spring and early summer have created favorable conditions for hollyhock rust. more »»

Max to speak at Minnesota Farm Bureau annual meeting

July 24, 2014 The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) annual meeting will be Nov. 20-22, at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington. more »»

 
 
 

 

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Tubed no more

October 24, 2014 I recently bought Scott bathroom tissue — tubeless — and it is all I will buy from now on. You don’t really need that tube. It’s just a waste of paper. more »

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