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How trees aren’t that much different from us

December 20, 2012 Real Christmas trees are not supposed to be perfect. In fact, they mimic life in many ways. more »»

Farmers co-op: 100 years and the top 100

December 13, 2012 HANLEY FALLS — This summer, the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Hanley Falls (FCE) celebrated the 100th year since its founding in 1912. Last month, the U.S. more »»

Holiday accents

December 13, 2012 Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) is a great plant to help decorate our houses this holiday season. It is unusual compared to other plants and is fairly easy to raise. more »»

Taking care of the tree

December 6, 2012 Christmas time is truly a family time for many of us. The huge poinsettia, the amaryllis bulbs, and, of course, the Christmas cactus plants that, well, were in bloom. more »»

Why do field trials matter?

December 6, 2012 Senior project development director If you don’t work in the agriculture industry, you may be asking “What is a feed trial?” Feed trials analyze a variety of livestock meal options and their impact... more »»

Dry weather hasn’t slowed down Christmas tree crops

November 29, 2012 With varying degrees of drought conditions suffered throughout different parts of Minnesota this past summer, consumers are wondering what that means for Christmas tree crops this holiday season. more »»

The 726th bulb

November 29, 2012 My youngest son came to me and held out his hand, with a look of trepidation that he for sure was really going to hear “it” from his mom. more »»

MHS ag students reap fruits of their labor

November 22, 2012 MARSHALL — Marshall High School’s new ag teacher Jason Kaare grew up on a farm and raised chickens for 4-H. more »»

Protecting plants from insects

November 22, 2012 It is that time of the year when we are busy not only moving into the house our houseplants from the great outdoors, but we are also seeing the beginning of holiday houseplants that are purchased or... more »»

Sustaining a corn economy

November 19, 2012 REDWOOD COUNTY — Just south of Milroy is an acreage that has belonged to the Hicks family since 1885, but these days the field is wired with electronic instruments that transmit data in real time to... more »»

Dry soil needs more rain, but hard to predict

November 8, 2012 Late rains just before harvest resulted in better than expected yields, but unless the soil profile is filled, farmers may not be so lucky next yea. more »»

Crazy about Christmas cactus plants

November 8, 2012 The end of summer and the beginning of winter signals a time for me to start bringing in my plants from the garage for the winte. more »»

The last herd

November 1, 2012 MARSHALL — It’s the kind of thing that makes a little knot in your stomach, Dan Stassen said. more »»

Pumpkins and corn stalks

November 1, 2012 The pumpkins were carved this last week, the pumpkin seeds were roasted and the last of the potatoes left the garden. more »»

AURI scientist helps make ethanol production more economical

November 1, 2012 Senior director of Science and Technology, AURI Ranae Jorgenson, analytical chemist at the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) labs in Marshall, was part of a team of researchers... more »»

Ready for bed

October 25, 2012 It is that time of the year when we need to really get going and put our flower beds, trees and shrubs to bed for the winter. We can not forget our fruiting plants either. more »»

Planning for continued drought

October 11, 2012 MARSHALL — Area farmers fared better than feared this year with an early harvest and better yields than expected under drought conditions the National Weather Service classifies as “severe” to... more »»

Adding color

October 11, 2012 This fall we have planted about 100 early-to-late flowering tulip bulbs and some other hardy spring flowering bulbs in all of the gardens at my home. more »»

Uses for grain

October 11, 2012 Project manager, AURI Did you know that Minnesota produces 44 percent of the U.S. more »»

Lanoue travels to Washington with Minnesota Farm Bureau

September 27, 2012 Individual people can help make a difference for agriculture, Paul Lanoue said. They just need a chance to be heard, and Lanoue, a rural Marshall resident, had such a chance earlier this month. more »»



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