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Ag and Extension

New plant materials

According to the All-American Selection Winners website, “AAS is the only national, nonprofit plant trialing organization in North America. All-America Selections is an independent nonprofit organization that tests new, never-before-sold varieties for the home gardener. After a full season of ...

Staying healthy in the time of COVID-19

U of M Extension Farmers and those working throughout the agricultural supply chain will soon be in the midst of the 2020 planting season. Staying healthy during this time is particularly critical as the optimal planting window is only so wide and it can be extremely weather dependent. It may ...

Gearing up for gardening

The sunnier days and warmer temperatures are getting the gardener inside all of us ready to go and pumped up for another summer of gardening in Minnesota. We made it through probably the worst winter has to offer and I am finding that there are many gardeners who have been starting their seeds ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Food regulations class has been canceled The free training on local food regulations scheduled for April 7 at the Marshall Area YMCA has been canceled because of COVID-19 concerns, said Kim Guenther, Marshall Farmers’ Market coordinator. All unnecessary travel, including for such trainings, ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Cottage Food Producer Food Safety training is March 30 in Marshall University of Minnesota Extension Food Safety Educator Kathy Brandt is offering a “Keep it Legal! Keep it Safe Cottage Food Producer” class in Marshall from 1-5 p.m. Monday, March 30, at SWWC Service Cooperative. The class ...

Composting

Living on a farm, it is easy for me to do. If anyone who owns their own home or maybe if you are renting a home or if you live out in the country and don’t farm, you can do this too. Composting. The No. 1 way methane gets into the environment is from people throwing away food or organic ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

PQA and TQA certification sessions scheduled University of Minnesota Extension, in partnership with Minnesota Pork Board, will offer Pork Quality Assurance (PQA) Plus and Transport Quality Assurance (TQA) certification sessions Wednesday, March 4, in Marshall. The quality assurance sessions ...

Growing vegetables in containers

I think as the weather seems to be going, we are all wondering how quickly our gardening season will take off this year. I am not even betting that my vegetable garden will be wet because there were portions of it still under water from last fall yet. I am pretty sure that I will need to move ...

Pruning shrubs

As the snow melts, and we know it will, we may have some interesting things going on with our buried trees and shrubs. Mice, voles and other small animals may have been using the cover of our deep snow to get at some of our plants. The tricky part about pruning shrubs, especially flowering ...

Winter Crops Day & Small Grains Program in Slayton Feb. 20

SLAYTON — The 2019 growing season was one of the most challenging years that many farmers can remember, and one that all of us are eager to forget. If you farm or work with farmers, the Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Program in Slayton is a great opportunity to hear the latest ...

Growing lavender

I usually compile a list of must-haves for my garden each year. Last year, for some reason, I had lost three lavender plants that I had for almost four years. Lavender can be a tricky one to grow in our area. I have used some tamed varieties of catmint (or cat nip — you choose) for their ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Produce Safety Rule Training Available for Farmers WILLMAR — The University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, and other partners are hosting a FSMA Produce Safety Rule Grower Training in Willmar on March 10. Register today at www.psp.tix.com. Registration ...

Petersen touts export markets, looks ahead to session

ST PAUL — Thom Petersen, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, said it was a jam-packed week leading up to the Minnesota State Legislature reconvening for session Tuesday. The commissioner said the department hosted visitors from Colombia and Taiwan to discuss trade ...

Farm Resource Guide for 2020 is now available

WORTHINGTON — The Farm Resource Guide for 2020 is now available at many University of Minnesota Extension county offices across the state. This resource guide includes a wide variety of useful farm business management information including the following items: • Custom rates: What to ...

Getting ready for gardening season

As I look toward the grove of trees, in my mind I can see and hear the red winged blackbirds and hear the sound of the return of Canada geese once more on the marshy prairie that now surrounds our farm. The beautiful sun shining days of Minnesota are only in their purist form during these cold ...

Southwestern Minnesota farmland values decrease .2 percent in 2019

At the end of each year for the last 25 years, a survey has been conducted of farm land sales in 14 southwestern Minnesota counties. The survey reports bare farm land sales to non-related parties for the first six months of each year. Land values had been steadily increasing until 2014. After ...

Ag Briefs

Neighbors criticize plan for western Iowa chicken facility MINEOLA, Iowa (AP) — Neighboring residents and other people opposed to the construction of a chicken confinement facility in western Iowa filled a meeting at a church and roundly criticized the plan as better suited to an industrial ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Farm Bill crops meetings offered in Ivanhoe, Marshall The 2018 Farm Bill is bringing about changes for crop producer’s risk management. University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency are holding free educational events to help crop producers understand decisions regarding ...

Corn and soybean planting date survey: Seeking your help

The extremely wet conditions of 2019 in Minnesota led to planting delays and unprecedented levels of prevent plant acres. Where planting delays continued late into the growing season, farmers needed to decide whether or not to plant a crop during or after the late planting date for crop ...