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Letter to santa from the garden

December 16, 2010 Dear Santa. I have been good all year long and have worked hard in my gardens. more »»

They’re not really gone

December 9, 2010 It’s the time of year when the bugs tend to come inside, looking for winter shelter. more »»

Treating your amaryllis bulbs

December 9, 2010 This is the time of the year we try to restart growing some of those amaryllis bulbs we received last year as a Christmas presen. more »»

Agriculture means food, fuel and jobs

December 9, 2010 AURI We all know the role agriculture plays in providing the delicious food we enjoy all year round, but are especially attuned to during the holidays. more »»

Creating a real stink

December 2, 2010 The brown marmorated stink bug (BMSB) is an invasive insect — so much so that one stowaway found its way into a laboratory at the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) in St. more »»

Managing paper whites

December 2, 2010 This is one of those times that I would like to meet a person who did some research on some problem and find out just how they got started on the idea in the first place. more »»

Area farmers receive recognition at annual Minn. Farm Bureau Federation banquet

November 25, 2010 Farmers across Minnesota, including a few locals, were honored at the 92nd annual Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation awards banquet Nov. 19. more »»

Christmas trees

November 25, 2010 “The trees waved their branches and rustled their leaves, but the smallest of all just stood stiff in the breez. more »»

FFAers bring back good memories of trip to convention

November 18, 2010 In FFA chapters across the country, students gain an agricultural education and have opportunities for leadership development, personal growth and career success. more »»


November 18, 2010 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 »»

Caring for cacti

November 11, 2010 It was a scramble to get my beloved cactus plants in the house this past week. It is easy to leave them outside when I know how hardy they are, but only to a point. more »»

Down for the winter

November 4, 2010 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 »»

Looking ahead to 2011

October 28, 2010 An extremely dry October and a harvest progressing ahead of the five-year average have allowed farmers the luxury of planning ahead for sprin. more »»

The bug battle

October 28, 2010 Karl Foord of the U of M writes, Each fall brings the challenge of not only what tropical plants to keep over the winter, but also how to keep them healthy in the Minnesota winter home environment. more »»

Talking turkey

October 28, 2010 AURI meat scientist Poultry production and processing are important sectors of Minnesota’s econom. more »»

Analyst: Short supply, high demand push corn prices up

October 21, 2010 As the harvest continues across southwest Minnesota, corn prices are on the rise because of to lower-that-expected yields and increased demand both at home and abroa. more »»

Forcing bulbs

October 21, 2010 It is that time of the year when most of us are adding a few spring blooming bulbs to our gardens. Forcing bulbs is a process that actually stimulates bulbs to bloom out of seaso. more »»

The bison are back

October 14, 2010 MARSHALL — The magnificent beast that was nearly eradicated from the Great Plains to the point of extinction before the 1900s has steadily increased in numbers, and with it has been the growth of... more »»

The potato plight

October 14, 2010 I started to write about some other topic this week until I had something rather unusual happen in my own garde. more »»

Speaking up for agriculture in Washington D.C.

September 30, 2010 It was a great opportunity, Paul Lanoue said — to meet in person with national legislators and tell them what’s on the minds of Minnesota farmers. more »»



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