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Ag and Extension

Amaryllis plant one of true treasurers of Christmas season

There are some true treasures of the Christmas season which light up our house with color each year. They can also be raised to bloom throughout the winter months as well — Amaryllis. These are often for sale now and will disappear from the store shelves soon after Christmas has come and ...

Protecting your garden

There is a bunny rabbit that has been living in and near a community garden that I take care of in Marshall. Generally, I only know he or she is there when I just about step on it while I am weeding or planting something in the garden. I am also making the assumption that this is the same ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

What is a Fair Farm Rental Agreement? workshop Nov. 20 in Slayton “What is a Fair Farmland Rental?” is at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 20, at Murray County Fairgrounds 4-H Building, 3048 S. Broadway Ave., Slayton. Farm land rental rates are the largest input cost the farmer has. ...

Lighting for plants

As we have moved our gardening indoors, it may be necessary to provide some better or more lighting for some of our plants. Due to space, most of my house plants are sitting near windows in the basement of my home and they seem to do just fine with some exceptions. The first is that the ...

What to do with all of the leaves

The wet summer we had has benefited many things but particularly our trees. If you have noticed, there seems to be a lot more leaves on our lawns right now. The question is what to do with all of those leaves. Leaves can be left on the lawn but there are a few things to know before you finally ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

What is a fair farm rental agreement? Landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals should make plans to attend one of the informative fair farm rental agreement meetings being held across Minnesota. These free meetings are being provided by the University of Minnesota Extension. ...

Raising a potato in a bag

There are many things to do yet in the garden. We need to get our gardens ready for winter and yet, we need to think ahead to spring as well. There is one task that many of us are undertaking right now, which includes digging up potatoes. As promised, I had taken a picture of a potato plant ...

Ag Briefs

Klobuchar, Smith announce open enrollment for 2020 Dairy Margin Coverage program WASHINGTON — U.S. Senators Amy Klobuchar, D-MN, and Tina Smith, D-MN, both members of the Senate Agriculture Committee, announced that dairy producers are now eligible to sign up for the Dairy Margin Coverage ...

Redwood County 4-H’ers participate in 4-H State Horse Show

Five 4-H youth from Redwood County participated in the Minnesota 4-H State Horse show Sept. 13-16, 2019. This year, 634 youth from across the state participated in the annual event at the Minnesota State Fair. 4-H’ers demonstrate their skills and knowledge in hippology (showing knowledge ...

Spring flowering bulbs

It is that time of the year again when it is the last minute scramble in the garden starts to happen. I don’t really worry about too much other than bringing in the plants before frost and deciding where to plant some more spring flowering bulbs. Spring flowering bulbs can include ...

Stopping the spread of Emerald Ash Borer

It seems that hardly any time has gone by and I was mentioning that Emerald Ash borer was found in Steele County and Nobles County. A scant few weeks went by and now it is in New Ulm (Brown County). It may now be a good time to revisit how not to pass the insect around as well as what to look ...

Got a haul of apples for fall? Here’s what to do with them

NEW YORK (AP) — It’s that time of year again, when fresh apples are piled high at farmer’s markets. If you are lucky enough to live near an orchard, you can take the day and pick your own bushel of apples. But whether you are picking them at the market or off a tree, there are many great ...

Beyond the Economics of Prevent Plant Cover Crops

The wet cool spring of 2019 left many farmers cramming to get their crops planted. Many were unable to get all the crop planted on time and continued planting even after final planting dates lowering their level of insurance coverage. Many fields were not planted at all and many acres ...

Best way to divide perennials

It is time to divide and conquer in the garden. We often think that springtime is the only time to divide plants. In reality, there are some plants that will do better for you if they are divided now. A good rule of thumb is if the plant is flowering in the spring or summer, now is the time ...

Will my corn make it to maturity before a killing frost?

As of Aug. 28, the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca reports growing degree units (GDUs) since May 1 are 5% less than normal. The Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton reports GDUs are behind as well, running 5.8% behind the long-term average as of Aug. 26. Corn has ...

CERTs Seed Grant funding for MN clean energy projects is available

Do you and your community need funding to get an energy efficiency or renewable energy project off the ground? The Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTs) can help! CERTs seeks to provide Seed Grants to support the labor costs for clean energy projects that spur community development in ...

A list of tree varieties

Emerald Ash Borer will eventually show up in our area. While many of us have a love affair with ash trees (after all, they are beautiful trees!) we need to start thinking about growing other varieties of trees for our groves and yards. While we mostly think of spring as the best time to plant ...

Sudden Oak Death Disease

It may seem that every time a gardener turns around, there is some other disease to worry about. Gardeners, pay attention, because there is another new one but it is NOT in Minnesota at this time. Resident gardeners will need to pay attention to any rhododendrons that you may have purchased ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Life in the Pits: A look at soil management and crop health University of Minnesota Extension, Renville, Yellow Medicine and Swift SWCD offices, and Hawk Creek Watershed invite farmers and crop consultants to an up-coming field day to learn about soil health on Sept. 10, in Granite ...

Preserving the harvest

The garden is in the zone of just keeping up with weeding and then picking all of the wonderful vegetables that are coming. Cucumbers, green beans, and yes, some tomatoes are all starting to come at once and so keeping up with all of the harvest is a challenge. If you would like more ...