×

Ag and Extension

Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers and their checkoffs are hosting a “Farmers Share” breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. “We want to raise awareness of the actual monetary amount farmers receive,” said Tim Jerzak, president of the Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers Association. “It is important for us to share our story and connect consumers with producers.” The breakfast will include pancakes, sausage, eggs and a drink, all for 35 cents to replicate the amount a farmer actually receives. This event is open to all ages and is done in part with the Lincoln County Fair and the Lincoln County 4-H. “We welcome everyone to come out to the county fair and support our area farmers and county 4-H program,” Jerzak said. “We look forward to sharing our message while supporting our youth program through the Lincoln County 4-H.” The Lincoln County Corn & Soybean Growers Association is affiliated with the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council, which oversees the investment of soybean checkoff dollars on behalf of the nearly 28,000 farmers in Minnesota. The Council is governed by the rules of a federally mandated checkoff program that requires all soybean producers pay a fee on the soybeans they sell. Checkoff dollars are used to promote, educate and develop market opportunities for soybeans.

Lincoln County Corn and Soybean Growers and their checkoffs are hosting a “Farmers Share” breakfast from 7-10 a.m. Saturday at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds. “We want to raise awareness of the actual monetary amount farmers receive,” said Tim Jerzak, president of the Lincoln County ...

MN Soybean showcasing innovation at 2019 Farmfest

The Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council (MSR&PC) and the Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) are laying out the blueprints for innovation throughout the state. The dual organizations will be highlighting their product developments and various successes in booth #620 ...

The Master Gardner program

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 ...

Japanese beetles

It is interesting that we have two pests that are metallic green that cause so much widespread problems in the gardening world. They are also both invasive pests too. For the purpose of this column today, I am not going to go into any detail about Emerald Ash Borer except that the Minnesota ...

Extension Briefs

Outlook 2019 with weather and price variables By Dave Bau Extension Educator The spring of 2019 will go down as one for the memory books. Wet, cool and late spring left many farmers cramming to get their crops planted. Many were unable to get all the crop planted on time and continued ...

Alternative ways to raise vegetables

This summer is a trial of sorts for our family when it comes to finding alternative ways to raise vegetables. We are trying the vegetable bags that have been available for a couple of years in area stores. These bags are made up of a heavy Tyvek material and have a small Velcro door toward the ...

Selecting forage cover crops for prevent plant acres

A large quantity of forage will likely be harvested from prevented plant acres in Minnesota this year given the 2019 changes to USDA RMA’s prevented planting rules. Changing the date for when cover crops may be hayed or grazed from Nov. 1 to Sept. 1 has opened up a window for livestock ...

U of M provides mental health and stress support for Minnesota farmers

Note: This is the first in a series of articles detailing the University of Minnesota’s outreach to farmers in Greater Minnesota and around the country. Low farm income, a lingering trade war and other issues affecting agriculture are increasingly causing stress and mental health issues for ...

Ag Briefs

Economic policy’s impact on the farm economy to be featured at SW MN Ag Lenders Conference The 36th annual Southwest Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference will be on Tuesday, Aug. 13, at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton. Agricultural lenders and ...

Weather woes

The weather woes of farmers and gardeners alike seem to be persisting throughout our growing season. If you have been trying to raise anything from seed whether it is field corn or sweet corn, soybeans or green beans, you may be like many others, frustrated with the weather. While the last hope ...

FFA leaders learn new ideas to implement in communities

HACKENSACK — Nearly 200 Minnesota FFA members gathered for two sessions of the State Leadership Conference for Chapter Leaders (SLCCL) at Deep Portage Conservation Reserve near Hackensack from June 26-28 and June 30- July 2 to develop leadership skills for their communities and home chapters. ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Women in Ag Network summer tour on July 18 in New London The University of Minnesota Extension Women in Ag Network’s summer tour is scheduled for July 18 in the New London area. The day will feature lunch at Model Citizen Restaurant, tours of Lettuce Abound Farms and Rustic Designs Flower ...

Peony plants

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 ...

Important steps in gardening

Gardening can be tricky as it is but we can help out our odds by raising plants that work well with our growing conditions. We first have to consider what growing zone we are in (Zone 4 or 4b for our area) and go from there. There are some folks who have microclimates in their backyards and can ...

Cover crop options for prevent plant acres & drowned-out areas

Excessive precipitation and persistently wet conditions have prevented the planting of corn and soybean in some fields and led to ponding and drown-out areas in others. On acres where “prevent plant” is claimed for insurance, the USDA-Risk Management Agency (RMA) requires protection from ...

Ash anthracnose

If you have had ash trees dropping their leaves like rain drops in your yard, do not panic. It is more than likely caused by anthracnose. Anthracnose is a fungus that causes some problems in all sorts of trees. In our area, it seems to bother ash trees the most. It can cause some of the same ...

Working at the Yellow Medicine SWCD

My name is Landon Abraham. I am one of the two Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) Conservation technician apprentices working with the office this year. I grew up on a farm in Yellow Medicine County near St. Leo. I graduated high school in May 2018 from Minneota High ...

Remedies for the garden

We are still waiting for Mother Nature to get her affairs in order. The cool weather this spring has sent some of our plants into a tailspin including iris and some tulips. I have fielded many questions on why iris plants are not blooming this year. This is because about the time that they set ...

A challenging year

I think that with all of the rain that we have been receiving we might need a little reverse psychology this year. If you are like me, last year was a terrible year to establish a vegetable garden and to keep it going. Perennial flower gardens seem to just eat this type of weather up. It is ...