Taking a good soil sample for your lawn or garden

By Karen Johnson, U of M Ext. Educator Ag Production Systems, McLeod and Meeker Counties Soil test analysis data collected from a lawn or garden can be no better than the sample. Therefore, proper collection of the soil sample is extremely important. Representative samples are as important to get good data back for your home…

March Weed of the Month: Change to the 2021 Noxious Weed List

By Emilie Justen, Minnesota Department of Agriculture The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) has made one change to the state’s 2021 Noxious Weed List. The designation of the non-native subspecies of phragmites (Phragmites australis spp. australis) has changed from Restricted to Prohibited Control. Though the list typically changes once every three years, the MDA is…

Landowner enrollment set to begin for Walk-In Access program

Sign-ups are March 15-May 14, at local soil and water conservation district offices Enrollment opened Monday, March 15, for Minnesota’s Walk-In Access program, which pays private landowners to allow public hunting on their land. This year, landowners can receive $18 per acre enrolled. And the program is expanding to include more counties. “We’re excited to…

Alfalfa Harvest Alert Project 2021

By Nathan Drewitz, U of M Extension Although it seemed like a long winter at times, spring seems to have finally come. Alfalfa fields seem to be coming out of dormancy and, so far, winter injury is only a minor concern. There may be some frost risks later this month, but at this point we…

U of M Extension to host Goat Marketing Webinar with Dr. Pinkerton

By Brenda Miller, Extension Educator, Todd County University of Minnesota Extension will host a goat marketing webinar at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 29. Dr. Frank Pinkerton is a world-renowned goat expert who will provide guidance and life lessons focusing on the marketing of meat-type goats. Farmers, 4-Hers, ag business professionals who work with farmers, and…

Meeker County youth competed at 4-H Project Bowl

Seven hundred youth tested their knowledge in animal science and wildlife-related topics during competitive 4-H events throughout March. This March, 700 youth on 171 teams from across Minnesota participated in the 4-H Project Bowl, the second largest 4-H event series of the year. 4-H Project Bowl challenges teams of three to five youth to test…

Spring seminar happening April 15 – Registration open

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Join the Benton County Extension Master Gardeners volunteers for their annual Spring Seminar at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 15. This session will take place via Zoom, and you must pre-register to receive the link. Registration is available at https://z.umn.edu/SpringSeminar. The featured speakers will be Monika Chandler and Mari…

Expand access to E15 ethanol

It is well known that Minnesota’s agriculture community plays a vital role in feeding America, but less recognized is just how important Minnesota’s farmers are in meeting America’s energy needs. Minnesota produces and consumes more ethanol-based fuels than almost any other state. Ethanol is a renewable fuel that helps Americans save money at the pump…

Get ready for fly control with March 26 webinar

By Jim Salfer, Dairy Extension Educator, St Cloud Fly season will soon be here. Learn to identify common pest flies and strategies for control on confinement dairies on an I-29 Moo University Dairy Webinar from 12(noon)-1 p.m. Friday, March 26. Different kinds of flies can bother your cows, workers, and neighbors. Stable flies bite, cause…

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