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Gender in the garden

June 7, 2012 Gardens sustain us. The works that we create within each and every garden sustain us in so many different ways. more »»

Biodiesel helps preserve utility poles

June 7, 2012 Senior project development director, AURI Have you driven by a utility pole today? The likelihood is that your answer is “ye. more »»


May 17, 2012 Most everything we do cuts into their territory. We make roads, houses, cities and factories. more »»

Going to extremes

May 10, 2012 MARSHALL — Minnesota farmers are used to dealing with extreme field conditions the past two years, but with much of the planting season under way already, they’re breathing a sigh of relief after... more »»

Master Gardeners here to help

May 10, 2012 I have been a Master Gardener for a very long time now. more »»

Lakeview senior Sleiter receives major ag award

May 10, 2012 Cody Sleiter of Cottonwood, a Lakeview High School senior and the son of Mark and Cathryn Sleiter, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural... more »»

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 »»



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