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Ag and Extension

Ag and Extension Briefs

Nominations open for the 2020 County Committee elections The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Farm Service Agency (FSA) encourages all farmers, ranchers, and FSA program participants to take part in the FSA County Committee election nomination process. FSA’s county committees are a ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

CLEAR30 pilot program offers 30-year enrollment FOR CRP contracts The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farm Service Agency (FSA) will open signup this summer for CLEAR30, a new pilot program that offers farmers and landowners an opportunity to enroll in a 30-year Conservation Reserve ...

Master Gardener volunteers

The Lyon County Master Gardener program is always looking for area residents to join our group and volunteer as a University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener volunteer. We will soon be taking applications for the program. We can really use your skills that you have as a gardener or even ...

Ag Briefs

SDA announces loan maturity for Marketing Assistance Loans now extended to 12 months Agricultural producers now have more time to repay Marketing Assistance Loans (MAL) as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s implementation of the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security ...

National Pollinator Week

Have you ever seen a huge bumblebee searching through a yellow peony flower looking for pollen? Or have you ever seen a swarm of bees on white or purple clover? The sound that they make is hard to describe yet very fascinating! Last week was the National Pollinator week in the United States. ...

Ag Briefs

Transitioning expiring CRP band to beginning, veteran or underserved farmers and ranchers CRP contract holders are encouraged to transition their Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) acres to beginning, veteran or socially disadvantaged farmers or ranchers through the Transition Incentives ...

Options after dicamba registrations vacated

On June 3, the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a ruling that vacated U.S. registrations for Engenia, FeXapan, and XtendiMax herbicides. These are three of the four dicamba products that were labeled for use on dicamba-tolerant (DT) soybeans. This means that effective immediately, there is ...

Ash trees

Each spring, as a master gardener, there is one particular question that I get quite often. “My ash trees are losing their leaves and so could it be Emerald Ash Borer?” Generally speaking, no. Emerald Ash borer is now active and in fact, is active between May 1-Sept. 30. The winter months, ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Summer learning for Lyon County youth Although many parts of typical summer feel different this year, 4-H is open and will offer a variety of learning experiences for youth to explore. We are exploring all possible options for showcasing youth learning and project development on the local ...

Ag Briefs

Forever Green Initiative and AURI to host Virtual Field Days on new winter annual oilseeds The University of Minnesota Forever Green Initiative (Forever Green) and the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) will host a series of interactive webinars highlighting new winter annual ...

Peonies

Peony plants are a wonderful addition to the garden. There are some residents who don’t like how ants seem to be attracted to them but generally speaking, it will depend on the year when you may see a lot of ants on these beautiful plants. I am fortunate that I have several peony plants in ...

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 ...