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Apple facts

August 30, 2012 As summer fades into fall, it is apple time. There are many of us who have already been enjoying our apples, picked right from our own trees for the past couple of weeks. more »»

State Fair offers agricultural education and entertainment

August 23, 2012 Countless organizations, like the Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) and the Minnesota Farm Bureau (MFB), and exhibitors, including thousands of 4-H youth, will be joining together today... more »»

Working the soil pays off

August 23, 2012 This past week, I started to dig potatoes in earnes. more »»

Summer drought means greater spider mite risk

August 16, 2012 Conditions in southwest Minnesota took a turn for the cooler and wetter early this week, but area farmers dealing with pests like two-spotted spider mites may not be out of the woods yet. more »»

It’s in the bag

August 16, 2012 This past week, my oldest brought in an apple off of his tree to find out if it was ready to eat. more »»

Dealing with drought conditions

July 26, 2012 I recently heard a farmer tell a reporter that was asking him how he was managing during the drought: he said, “Each day we are closer to rain and this is how I make it another day. more »»

Dry heat may take toll on corn and soy

July 5, 2012 MARSHALL — The crop situation is still good, but if the heat and lack of moisture continues, there could be some ill effects quite soon. more »»

Take time to examine your tomatoes

July 5, 2012 It is that time of the year again when we start to fuss over our tomato plants. more »»

Fighting fire with corn

July 5, 2012 Senior Project Development Director, AURI Who wouldn’t like a product that could put out fires faster? What if that product is also biodegradable and doesn’t harm the environment or wildlife? Even... more »»

Gender in the garden

June 7, 2012 Gardens sustain us. The works that we create within each and every garden sustain us in so many different ways. more »»

Biodiesel helps preserve utility poles

June 7, 2012 Senior project development director, AURI Have you driven by a utility pole today? The likelihood is that your answer is “ye. more »»


May 17, 2012 Most everything we do cuts into their territory. We make roads, houses, cities and factories. more »»

Going to extremes

May 10, 2012 MARSHALL — Minnesota farmers are used to dealing with extreme field conditions the past two years, but with much of the planting season under way already, they’re breathing a sigh of relief after... more »»

Master Gardeners here to help

May 10, 2012 I have been a Master Gardener for a very long time now. more »»

Lakeview senior Sleiter receives major ag award

May 10, 2012 Cody Sleiter of Cottonwood, a Lakeview High School senior and the son of Mark and Cathryn Sleiter, was recently presented the school’s highest agricultural honor, the DeKalb Agricultural... more »»

Battling Botryis blight

April 12, 2012 Although many fungal diseases in the flower garden do not get going until warm, humid days of summer, Botrytis blight attacks peonies even as they emerge from the ground. more »»

Planting on schedule in spite of dry soil

April 5, 2012 MARSHALL — Spring is here, the soil is prepared, now all farmers can do is plant the seed and pray for rain. more »»

Early tomatoes

April 5, 2012 I dream at this time of the year of a BLT sandwich with the biggest, juiciest tomatoes that Mother Nature can provide, straight out of the garde. more »»

A new look for AURI

April 5, 2012 Senior project development director It’s been more than 20 years since the state Legislature created the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI). more »»

Water quality issues highlighted at seminar

March 29, 2012 MARSHALL — If there’s one thing Minneota farmer Becky Engels took away from a recent issues seminar in Marshall it’s that water quality is everyone’s concern, not just those in Minnesota agricultur. more »»



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