×

Ag and Extension

Ag Briefs

Lincoln County FSA acreage reporting map pick up dates announced The Lincoln County FSA Office will have aerial photos available to pick up in the USDA Service Center parking today from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. and Wednesday, May 27 from 8-11 a.m. and 1-4 p.m. If someone wants another person, ...

‘Murder hornets’

With the pandemic moving on through the U.S. it may seem like we are at the end of times especially when we hear that now we have to think about “Killer Hornets” or “Murder Hornets.” While those who are susceptible to bee stings and so forth are always concerned about any new threat ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Managing market hogs destined for local meat lockers With pig harvest at commercial packing plants currently disrupted, consumers have an opportunity to purchase market hogs directly from the farm. These pigs destined for local custom processing facilities may have to wait until they can be ...

Raised gardens

This past week there has been a huge increase in phone calls regarding raised gardens. The time spent at home along with the need to be able to do something positive for our families is driving this interesting increase. There are several different kinds of raised garden beds that you can make. ...

Upcoming webinars

While it seems like our world is turning upside down lately, there are still many positive things that we can do for ourselves and our families. It has been an exciting time for me as a Master Gardener because so many people are finding the positive in gardening in some form. I am also excited ...

What to do if your pork packing plant is closed

Are you impacted by a pork packing plant closure due to COVID-19 and have pigs scheduled to ship in the near future and wondering what to do? Below is a list of strategies for you to consider. It is important to note that the strategies outlined below are meant to be temporary for emergency ...

Ag Briefs

Agriculture Risk Coverage and Price Loss Coverage Enrollment for 2020 USDA’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages agricultural producers to enroll now in the Agriculture Risk Loss (ARC) and Price Loss Coverage (PLC) programs. The deadline to enroll for the 2020 crop year is June 30, 2020. ...

Geranium seeds

Generally speaking, it is about now that we can begin to gather our equipment and start planting seeds for the growing season. The most important thing to do is to make sure to follow the packet guidelines to help ensure that you know how exactly each individual seed likes to be raised. A good ...

Spring management of prevent plant acres

University of Minnesota Extension The spring planting season is soon upon us.  Prevent plant acres, or fields that were too wet to be planted to a cash crop last year, may need some special attention this season. As final preparations are made for planting, suggested strategies will depend ...

University of Minnesota Extension has new cow podcast, ‘The Moos Room’

The University of Minnesota Beef and Dairy Teams are now producing a cow podcast called, “The Moos Room.” The podcast is hosted by Joe Armstrong, Brad Heins, and Emily Krekelberg, and is made for both beef and dairy producers. “The Moos Room” is free to stream or download and ...

‘Essential Row Crop Management’ spring 2020 webinar series offered

Extension specialists in Iowa and Minnesota are collaborating to provide a series of short, daily webinars for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties from April 6 to April 10. The theme is “Essential Row Crop Management for Spring 2020”, with a focus on ...

Farm Management Profitability Conference now available online

The 2020 Farm Management Probability Conference is now available to view online free of charge. Since the in-person conference had to be canceled, presenters recorded their presentations for interested producers and ag professionals to view from home. To view the recorded conference on your ...

Online gardening activities

We are all at home looking for things to do while we wait out this virus. There are a few gardening things that you can do in your own home to bring a little spring in and help us all with an activity that is positive. I want to lead parents to the Minnesota Extension webpages, not only for ...

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 ...