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May 16, 2013 Mark Porisch never dreamed that when he reached the age of 60 he’d be making Louisiana-style hot sauces for a living, but he thinks that one of these days his creations, sold under the brand Lucky’s... more »»

The plight of the Monarchs

March 21, 2013 They are gentle in their movements and so beautiful to watch on a hot summer day. They never seem to be in a hurry like so many of us are today. more »»

Farm Forum stresses field maintenance and PR

March 14, 2013 MARSHALL — Schuneman Equipment on Friday presented a Farm Forum in Marshall last week where area farmers could familiarize themselves with the care and maintenance of their combines and their public... more »»

Spring — just around the corner

March 14, 2013 The winter months are waning, and in the distance, we can hear snow geese starting to fly over, and even a single killdeer was seen along our drive. more »»

Farmer comes in from the cold

February 14, 2013 SLAYTON — On a day when the outside temperature hovers around freezing, Dan Pierson’s greenhouse is about 74 degrees with 86 percent humidity. more »»

All about azaleas

February 14, 2013 Minnesota Hardy is a publication from the University of Minnesota Extension service that outlines several different kinds of plant material that have been raised and/or researched for its Minnesota... more »»

Tracy farmer wins contest, donates to school, ambulance

January 31, 2013 Larry Buysse of Tracy was recently selected as the Lyon County winner in America’s Farmers Grow Communities contest sponsored by the Monsanto Fund, providing him with the opportunity to give a... more »»

Irises: low-maintenance beauties

January 31, 2013 Irises are some of the easiest plants to raise, and we are fortunate that with the encouragement of the Minneota Iris show (and those who work tirelessly for the program), we have many people in our... more »»

Thinking ahead

January 17, 2013 There are always new things on the horizon for us to think about as we wait out winter. In fact, as I look through the online catalogs, the vivid colors really make it easy to want it all. more »»

Daylight affects plants, too

December 27, 2012 This time of the year, the daylight is shortened, especially as we approach Christmas and the New Year. This is something that I believe we all realize. more »»

Lanoue elected to Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation Board

December 20, 2012 For some people, staying active is a way of life, and it often means that good things are getting accomplishe. more »»

How trees aren’t that much different from us

December 20, 2012 Real Christmas trees are not supposed to be perfect. In fact, they mimic life in many ways. more »»

Farmers co-op: 100 years and the top 100

December 13, 2012 HANLEY FALLS — This summer, the Farmers Cooperative Elevator Company of Hanley Falls (FCE) celebrated the 100th year since its founding in 1912. Last month, the U.S. more »»

Holiday accents

December 13, 2012 Christmas Rose (Helleborus niger) is a great plant to help decorate our houses this holiday season. It is unusual compared to other plants and is fairly easy to raise. more »»

Taking care of the tree

December 6, 2012 Christmas time is truly a family time for many of us. The huge poinsettia, the amaryllis bulbs, and, of course, the Christmas cactus plants that, well, were in bloom. more »»

Why do field trials matter?

December 6, 2012 Senior project development director If you don’t work in the agriculture industry, you may be asking “What is a feed trial?” Feed trials analyze a variety of livestock meal options and their impact... more »»

Dry weather hasn’t slowed down Christmas tree crops

November 29, 2012 With varying degrees of drought conditions suffered throughout different parts of Minnesota this past summer, consumers are wondering what that means for Christmas tree crops this holiday season. more »»

The 726th bulb

November 29, 2012 My youngest son came to me and held out his hand, with a look of trepidation that he for sure was really going to hear “it” from his mom. more »»

MHS ag students reap fruits of their labor

November 22, 2012 MARSHALL — Marshall High School’s new ag teacher Jason Kaare grew up on a farm and raised chickens for 4-H. more »»

Protecting plants from insects

November 22, 2012 It is that time of the year when we are busy not only moving into the house our houseplants from the great outdoors, but we are also seeing the beginning of holiday houseplants that are purchased or... more »»



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