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Battling Botryis blight

April 12, 2012 Although many fungal diseases in the flower garden do not get going until warm, humid days of summer, Botrytis blight attacks peonies even as they emerge from the ground. more »»

Planting on schedule in spite of dry soil

April 5, 2012 MARSHALL — Spring is here, the soil is prepared, now all farmers can do is plant the seed and pray for rain. more »»

Early tomatoes

April 5, 2012 I dream at this time of the year of a BLT sandwich with the biggest, juiciest tomatoes that Mother Nature can provide, straight out of the garde. more »»

A new look for AURI

April 5, 2012 Senior project development director It’s been more than 20 years since the state Legislature created the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). more »»

Water quality issues highlighted at seminar

March 29, 2012 MARSHALL — If there’s one thing Minneota farmer Becky Engels took away from a recent issues seminar in Marshall it’s that water quality is everyone’s concern, not just those in Minnesota agricultur. more »»

Pre-stressed plants

March 29, 2012 Plants subjected to a previous period of drought learn to deal with the stress thanks to their memories of the previous experience, University of Nebraska-Lincoln research has found. more »»

Schuneman Equipment hosts visitors from ‘Down Under’

March 22, 2012 MARSHALL — A spring planting clinic held at Schuneman Equipment in Marshall this week turned out to have an international reach. more »»

Starting seeds

March 22, 2012 It is a beautiful time of the year. I am always so glad that we live in an area that all I need to do in order to convene with nature is to step out my front doo. more »»

Morocco latest stop for MARL?class

March 15, 2012 MARSHALL — Nearing the end of a two-year Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership (MARL) program, 30 Minnesota leaders recently received the experience of a lifetime while traveling to Morocc. more »»

Time to prune

March 15, 2012 It is that time of the year again: pruning time. Late dormant season is the best time to prune your trees and shrubs. more »»

Clean labels present challenges and opportunities

March 15, 2012 AURI Meat Scientist How often do you read the nutrition label on the food you buy? Research is showing that more consumers care about what ingredients are in their food and therefore are spending... more »»

Agronomy: back from the brink at SMSU

March 13, 2012 MARSHALL — Plenty of people sighed a breath of relief after hearing that the newly-developing Agronomy program at Southwest Minnesota State University wasn’t going to be a victim of budget cuts a... more »»

Highlights of our landscape

March 1, 2012 Plantsmen and plant breeders have been busy developing and selecting compact and small-stature colorful shrubs in the last few years, says Kathy Zuzek, UMN Extension Educator. more »»

MARL graduates reflect on rural leadership

February 16, 2012 Editor’s note This is the second part of a series on the purported rural leadership gap in Minnesota. more »»

Shade gardens

February 16, 2012 This past year I started moving plants out of a garden that had become too shady. more »»

Variable winter drives insects buggy

February 2, 2012 MARSHALL — A mild winter can mean a greater insect population come spring, according to University of Minnesota extension entomologists, but a variable winter with no snow cover could cause high... more »»

MAFCO and ‘eating off the farm’

February 2, 2012 Do you raise extra produce? Would you like to raise produce and sell it to schools? Or for that matter any other kind of product that comes from the farm? Are you trying to find a better way to get... more »»

Legacy club designed to bolster FFA, enrich students

January 26, 2012 MARSHALL — With the newly-established Minnesota FFA Foundation Legacy Club, individuals and couples have the opportunity to assist in ensuring a bright future for agricultural education, FFA and... more »»

Chicken conclusions

January 26, 2012 Rising at 4:30 in the morning to take my place in the lambing barn has given me time to retrospect about the collection of chickens that we now have residing on our farm. more »»

Dry soil tilts seed choice toward fuller season corn

January 19, 2012 MARSHALL — In spite of drought conditions, farmers remain optimistic about getting enough water in the ground in time for spring planting, according to area seed dealers. more »»



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