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Vegetable gardens

April 23, 2015 For those of us who are lucky enough to have room to spare in our yards or landscape, we can easily add a vegetable garden. more »»

 
 
 
Weather controls us, but there are still tasks at hand

April 16, 2015 This is the time of the year that seems to be the hardest for gardeners. It is not quite warm enough to start planting much, if anything, outside (if you are outside by 6 a.m. more »»

Be a good steward when taking care of your lawn

April 9, 2015 We all want that perfect lawn. Lawns are a lot of work on many different levels and we can spend a whole lot of time and money on our lawns as well. more »»

Don't prune oaks in spring and summer

April 9, 2015 The oak wilt risk status is HIGH. Homeowners should NOT prune oaks and/or conduct any construction activities near oaks to avoid wounding and transmitting the oak wilt fungus. more »»

Time to start thinking about landscaping

April 2, 2015 The first trip to your local garden center or nursery in spring can be exhilaratin. more »»

Master gardeners have quite a reach

March 26, 2015 The University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardener program is an internationally recognized volunteer program. It exists in all 50 states, in Canada and in the United Kingdom. more »»

Reuvekamp named executive director of MARL

March 26, 2015 Olga Reuvekamp has been named the executive director of the Minnesota Agriculture and Rural Leadership program at Southwest Minnesota State University. more »»

Shedding light on growing

March 19, 2015 It’s much better to grow seedlings under fluorescent lights than to rely solely on natural light, even in a greenhouse. more »»

How do farmers survive a year without profits?

March 19, 2015 Forward contract bids for 2015 corn and soybeans are $3.50 and under $9.00 respectively. Farmer breakeven prices necessary to cover input costs and living expenses are in the $4.50 to $. more »»

Winter blues? Time to plant the seeds

March 5, 2015 Starting garden plants from seeds indoors can be an enjoyable project for any gardener. It’s a relatively inexpensive way to grow a wide variety of plants. more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

March 5, 2015 State Fair and Farm Bureau Federation accepting Century Farm applications Minnesota families who have owned their farms for 100 years or more may apply for the 2015 Century Farms Program. more »»

Let there be light

February 26, 2015 So what is adequate light? While the actual levels vary with the genus, in general, orchid foliage should be a light yellow-green rather than a lush sort of grass green. more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

February 26, 2015 Yellow Medicine One Watershed, One Plan The Yellow Medicine One Watershed, One Plan Partnership is initiating a comprehensive watershed management plan for the Yellow Medicine River Watershed. more »»

Farm Outlook Seminar is March 11 at SMSU

February 19, 2015 Four agricultural experts will be featured at the 31st annual Farm Outlook Seminar on Wednesday, March 11, at the Southwest Minnesota State University Upper Conference Center. more »»

Ag & Extension Briefs

February 19, 2015 MFB and FFA — working together (MFB) — The Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB) salutes FFA during National FFA Week, Feb. 21-28. more »»

Watch for viral infection with cyclamen

February 19, 2015 Cyclamen are popular plants to brighten the home during the winter months. Flowers come in multiple shades of pink, red, lavender and white according to Michelle Grabowski, U of M Extension Educator. more »»

The knock out rose: Reliable and resistant

February 5, 2015 This past spring, I planted for the first time a rose in an old bucket in front of my house. It was an experiment of sorts. more »»

MFBF Council of County Presidents

February 5, 2015 The Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) held the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Council of County Presidents meeting on Jan. 27 at the Best Western Plus Capitol Ridge in St. more »»

Ag briefs

February 5, 2015 Plowing Association elects officers The Minnesota Plowing Association had its winter meeting Jan 25 at the Hot Spot in Spring Hil. more »»

Minnesota Farm Bureau commemorates Food Awareness Month

February 5, 2015 Minnesota Farm Bureau is celebrating February as Food Awareness Month. more »»

Turning the pages

January 29, 2015 This is the time of the year when many of you ask me what I do all winter long. Well, besides my job I hold at a business in town, I help on the farm with lambin. more »»

 
 
 

 

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April 20, 2015 I watched the Academy of Country Music award show last night (April 19). It was thankfully short on presenting trophies to singers and long on presenting musi. more »

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