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A lesson on pH

August 22, 2013 So, what makes big leaf hydrangea turn blue, pink or a shade in between? The primary contributor is soil pH. Soil pH influences the pH within the plant cells. more »»

Garden gadgets

July 25, 2013 There are always new things coming our way via technology. There are so many different kinds of gadgets that can help not only the green fingers of the garden but also those who sport brown finge. more »»

Area crops catching up after late planting

July 18, 2013 MARSHALL — Though crops in parts of the state suffered from too much water, southwest Minnesota is doing well in spite of being the last area for the drought to lift and a late planting. more »»

Insect invasions

July 18, 2013 I find it fascinating how certain insects get into this country. more »»

Talking organics

July 11, 2013 LAMBERTON — A growing concern many people are now considering is the amount of chemicals that are used in the agricultural field. more »»

Plant problems

July 11, 2013 It can be confusing at this time of year if the weather is causing some problems in our gardens, or if the problem is caused by some other means. more »»

AURI honors Marshall firm for ag innovation

July 2, 2013 MARSHALL — Two firms, one based in Marshall, will be honored by the Agriculture Utilization Research Institute for creating a process that derives a feed suitable for pigs, poultry and fish from soy... more »»

Organizers hope farmers market will bring Cottonwood community together

May 30, 2013 Starting this summer, residents of Cottonwood and the surrounding area will have a place to buy fresh produce, homemade items, have a meal outdoors and just get out of the house and mingle. more »»


May 30, 2013 Most everything we do cuts into their territory. We make roads, houses, cities and factories. more »»

What does the moon have to do with it?

May 16, 2013 Based in folklore and somewhat in superstition, planting your garden by the phases of the moon goes way back in tim. more »»

Helping food entrepreneurs

May 16, 2013 Mark Porisch never dreamed that when he reached the age of 60 he’d be making Louisiana-style hot sauces for a living, but he thinks that one of these days his creations, sold under the brand Lucky’s... more »»

The plight of the Monarchs

March 21, 2013 They are gentle in their movements and so beautiful to watch on a hot summer day. They never seem to be in a hurry like so many of us are today. more »»

Farm Forum stresses field maintenance and PR

March 14, 2013 MARSHALL — Schuneman Equipment on Friday presented a Farm Forum in Marshall last week where area farmers could familiarize themselves with the care and maintenance of their combines and their public... more »»

Spring — just around the corner

March 14, 2013 The winter months are waning, and in the distance, we can hear snow geese starting to fly over, and even a single killdeer was seen along our drive. more »»

Farmer comes in from the cold

February 14, 2013 SLAYTON — On a day when the outside temperature hovers around freezing, Dan Pierson’s greenhouse is about 74 degrees with 86 percent humidity. more »»

All about azaleas

February 14, 2013 Minnesota Hardy is a publication from the University of Minnesota Extension service that outlines several different kinds of plant material that have been raised and/or researched for its Minnesota... more »»

Tracy farmer wins contest, donates to school, ambulance

January 31, 2013 Larry Buysse of Tracy was recently selected as the Lyon County winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, providing him with the opportunity to give a... more »»

Irises: low-maintenance beauties

January 31, 2013 Irises are some of the easiest plants to raise, and we are fortunate that with the encouragement of the Minneota Iris show (and those who work tirelessly for the program), we have many people in our... more »»

Thinking ahead

January 17, 2013 There are always new things on the horizon for us to think about as we wait out winter. In fact, as I look through the online catalogs, the vivid colors really make it easy to want it all. more »»

Daylight affects plants, too

December 27, 2012 This time of the year, the daylight is shortened, especially as we approach Christmas and the New Year. This is something that I believe we all realize. more »»



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