Ag and Extension

Minnesota Agricultural Water Quality Certification program

Becoming a certified farm shows the community that farmers are doing what they can to protect our water. This is a voluntary program for farmers and agricultural landowners to show what conservation practices they are implementing for protecting our water. The certification is valid for 10 ...

Houseplant insects

The depths of winter are upon us but if you happen to look up you will see a sign or two of spring already as the branches of many of our trees are getting the leaf buds ready for warmer temperatures. However, we have some time to wait while Old Man Winter decides to release his grip on us. ...

Gardening books

We are down to the wire now with our holiday gift shopping. If you have a gardener in the family that you are trying to figure out what they would like to have for a Christmas present, here are a few ideas. We are always in need of gardening tools. You name it, it seems like we could use it. ...

Poinsettias

Poinsettias are a very beautiful plant to have in your home at Christmas time. They are, for the most part, quite easy to take care of as well. For many of us, we also give these as gifts to family and friends too. In the old days, we only saw them in red and now they seem to come in all sorts ...

Partnering for better local government

This column on Yellow Medicine Soil and Water Conservation District’s (SWCD) partnership efforts is the first of a two-part series explaining how the SWCD is improving local government and conservation implementation. The cities of Canby, Porter, St. Leo, Clarkfield, Granite Falls, Wood ...

Innovation Grant Program proposal deadline is Dec. 31

Minnesota corn farmers once again have the opportunity to put their innovative conservation ideas into action through the Minnesota Corn Innovation Grant Program. Proposals are being accepted until Dec. 31. In its fourth year, the Innovation Grant Program is accepting proposals focused on ...

Christmas trees

It is that time of the year again when we decorate our homes and use evergreens to keep our homes looking beautiful and full of light during the shorter days of the year. I really enjoy seeing the beautiful Christmas decorations and especially the greenery that is in the stores at this time of ...

LED lighting for houseplants

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 houseplants 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 basement ...

Ag Briefs

Winter manure applications: Steps to take to prevent runoff, nutrient loss and water contamination Snow-covered and frozen soils make land application of manure a challenge. Producers run the risk of runoff, leading to loss of soil nutrients and potential contamination of water resources. The ...

Ag Briefs

Agribusiness luncheon is Nov. 27 at SMSU AgriBusiness luncheon featuring a presentation from Olga Reuvekamp with MARL, Sang Jung with Department of Agriculture, Culinology & Hospitality and Michael Stutelberg with AURI will take place from 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 27, at Southwest ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

Women in Ag Network December Workshop is Dec. 13 in Willmar The Women in Ag Network will host its December workshop, Micro-Loans, Grants, and Traditional Farm Financing, on Dec. 13 in Willmar at the University of Minnesota Regional Extension Office (1802 18th St. NE, Willmar). Starting with ...

Getting ready for winter

This is the time of the year when we start to really wind down for winter, at least in the garden sense. The leaves are dropping, cooler temperatures are here and yes, maybe even some snow. Gardening may be winding down but it isn’t done quite yet. There are still many, many green plants ...

Ag and Extension Briefs

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

What to do with 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 ...

Fall clean-up

The extra canning jars and the canner are put away for the season at the farm. There are a few pumpkins to be removed from the garden along with some potatoes left to be dug. There are a few apples still clinging onto the trees and so the end has come to another growing season in my vegetable ...

Storing, drying, and handling wet soybeans

While almost impossible to accomplish in most years, harvesting soybeans at a moisture content between 13 to 15 percent helps maximize yields while minimizing harvest losses. Cool, cloudy, and rainy conditions this fall, however, have led to large increases in soybean moisture content. With ...

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 ...

Ag Briefs

Nov. 1 is deadline for tax credits for farmers State Rep. Chris Swedzinski, R-Ghent, reminds beginning farmers Nov. 1 is the deadline to apply for state tax credits the Legislature provided in 2017 to assist in starting operations. Beginning farmer credit through the Minnesota Department ...

The Emerald ash borer

There are always reasons to be aware of what is happening with many of our plants. If you watch the nightly news from South Dakota, there is a sense of urgency about the ash trees in the Sioux Falls area because of the Emerald ash borer. Whenever something happens out of the ordinary with our ...

Prairie Ally Outdoor Center open house is Oct. 5 in Luverne

A public food forest and productive perennials riparian buffer demonstration site were installed in Luverne this spring, making way for educational opportunities, food, and community building. Drawing on elements of agroforestry, including permaculture, the projects focus primarily on perennial ...