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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 »»

A kid on the farm

January 19, 2012 For a short time when I was a kid, I was a town kid. My parents moved me and my sisters into town so they could build a new house out on our farm. more »»

Trying something new in the garden

January 12, 2012 The other day I started to pull out my garden catalogs. more »»

Lessman to serve as delegate at National 4-H Conference

January 5, 2012 MARSHALL — A Lyon County 4-H member will be representing Minnesota on a national level this sprin. more »»

Indoor plants

January 5, 2012 As usual, I managed to step in the pool of water that had run out of the bottom of one of my various Christmas cactus plants that sit in my dining area. I just hate wet socks. more »»

Potential new use for soybean meal

January 5, 2012 AURI project director Feed prices have been moving up steadily during the past several months, mostly due to the skyrocketing price of soybeans brought on to a large extent by increased exports. more »»

Dry soil conditions may lead to difficulties planting next spring

December 22, 2011 MARSHALL — For farmers every upside has a downside it seems. This year has seen a late winter with no snow yet to speak o. more »»

Faith in the garden

December 22, 2011 Gardening and faith. Faith and gardening. It seems that where there is one, there is the other. more »»

Just in time for the holidays — invasive weeds and pests

December 15, 2011 The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is warning consumers to be aware of potentially invasive weeds and destructive pests that could unknowingly ruin the holiday season this year. more »»

A gardening quiz

December 15, 2011 This is a little bit of a breather from all of our holiday shopping, festivities and other things that go on at this time of the year. more »»

Marshall graduate and FFA member attends World Food Prize event

December 8, 2011 It was humbling, and it was rewarding, Kirby Schmidt said. Most importantly, it was an inspiration. more »»

Let the debate continue

December 8, 2011 There has been an on-going debate about what kind of Christmas tree is the best: real or artificial. In my lifetime, I have had both. more »»

Getting ready for Jack Frost

December 1, 2011 MARSHALL — The first hard freeze is on its way — the only question is when, but probably sooner rather than later. It’s definitely time to start thinking about protecting lawns and trees. more »»

Plant is symbol of the storm

December 1, 2011 I am still experiencing some rare, small victories from this past July stor. more »»

State budget, property taxes, food safety among main topics at MFBF board of directors meeting

November 24, 2011 MARSHALL — It has been a busy and productive week for Minnesota agriculture advocates, many of whom attended the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation’s 93rd annual meeting to adopt policy positions for... more »»



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