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Sustaining a corn economy

November 19, 2012 REDWOOD COUNTY — Just south of Milroy is an acreage that has belonged to the Hicks family since 1885, but these days the field is wired with electronic instruments that transmit data in real time to... more »»

Dry soil needs more rain, but hard to predict

November 8, 2012 Late rains just before harvest resulted in better than expected yields, but unless the soil profile is filled, farmers may not be so lucky next yea. more »»

Crazy about Christmas cactus plants

November 8, 2012 The end of summer and the beginning of winter signals a time for me to start bringing in my plants from the garage for the winte. more »»

The last herd

November 1, 2012 MARSHALL — It’s the kind of thing that makes a little knot in your stomach, Dan Stassen said. more »»

Pumpkins and corn stalks

November 1, 2012 The pumpkins were carved this last week, the pumpkin seeds were roasted and the last of the potatoes left the garden. more »»

AURI scientist helps make ethanol production more economical

November 1, 2012 Senior director of Science and Technology, AURI Ranae Jorgenson, analytical chemist at the Agricultural Utilization Research Institute (AURI) labs in Marshall, was part of a team of researchers... more »»

Ready for bed

October 25, 2012 It is that time of the year when we need to really get going and put our flower beds, trees and shrubs to bed for the winter. We can not forget our fruiting plants either. more »»

Planning for continued drought

October 11, 2012 MARSHALL — Area farmers fared better than feared this year with an early harvest and better yields than expected under drought conditions the National Weather Service classifies as “severe” to... more »»

Adding color

October 11, 2012 This fall we have planted about 100 early-to-late flowering tulip bulbs and some other hardy spring flowering bulbs in all of the gardens at my home. more »»

Uses for grain

October 11, 2012 Project manager, AURI Did you know that Minnesota produces 44 percent of the U.S. more »»

Lanoue travels to Washington with Minnesota Farm Bureau

September 27, 2012 Individual people can help make a difference for agriculture, Paul Lanoue said. They just need a chance to be heard, and Lanoue, a rural Marshall resident, had such a chance earlier this month. more »»

Dry weather means different care for lawn

September 27, 2012 Hot July, hot and dry August and now hot and dry September: what do we do with our lawns under these growing conditions? Fall is generally the time when most of us, including myself, take care of... more »»

Farmers seek education on demand

September 20, 2012 MARSHALL — Though farming is as old as civilization, like everything else these days, it is changing at a rate that is hard for farmers to keep up wit. more »»

Garden harvest

September 20, 2012 The fall harvest is on — not only in our crop fields but also in our gardens. Tomatoes, potatoes, apples, squash, pumpkins, gourds and the list goes o. more »»

A new pest in town

September 6, 2012 There has been a lot of press about the spotted wing drosophilia in Minnesota. more »»

Money down the drain, for a good purpose

August 30, 2012 Drainage tiling has been used to bring Minnesota land under cultivation since drainage was actually made of til. more »»

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 »»



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