Serving Becker and surrounding counties. Written and Edited by these Becker County Offices: The University of Minnesota Extension, FSA, NRCS, Soil and Water Conservation District. New articles are published each month.
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Lawn mowing is perhaps the most important practice performed in home lawn care. The simple practice of mowing impacts not only the appearance of your lawn, but also can impact the turf’s ability to ward off problems.
Carl Hoffman, my coworker in Stearns County, brings us this week’s timely tip. Many of us have fruit trees that are often neglected, but hopefully, this article will motivate those of us that need a little encouragement to put those pruning shears to work.
Manure has tremendous value in crop production that goes beyond the usual N-P-K needs of the crop. While the value of manure is usually calculated using these typical elements, manure also provides most of the necessary micronutrients. This is why deficiencies seldom show up on farms that routinely use manure.
Just when you thought you were getting soybean aphid management figured out, a new pest has make its appearance in the area that may make aphids seem like a minor inconvenience. The soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is one of the most destructive pests affecting soybeans in the United States.
U.S. Rep. Collin Peterson (DFL-Minn.) will sponsor the “The Home Grown Economy 2010 – Equipping You to Build Community Based Food Systems” conference in Marshall on Monday and Tuesday, Feb. 15-16. In addition, to improve access for constituents throughout the 7th Congressional District, interactive video sessions will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 16 at the following college campus locations: University of Minnesota, Crookston, University of Minnesota, Morris, Bemidji State University, and Minnesota State Community and Technical College in Fergus Falls.
Again this past year, locally produced foods was one of the hottest nationwide trends in foods, one of which is farm friendly or local foods. Indeed, this is good news that can have a positive impact on farmers, consumers and even our rural communities.
For tax years 2009 and 2010, there are a number changes that have resulted from the passage of federal tax laws. These changes can dramatically affect farm families, their farm business and the management of their tax planning.
Have you ever wondered why some farmers are adamant about their earthworm populations? Every year, they go out to their fields armed with a shovel and dig holes to count their numbers. What is so important about those little worms?
It may be a white Christmas, but not by much. Winters without snow cover often raises concern of frozen septic systems and fearful visions of mad dashes to an outhouse, so snow to shovel should be considered a winter blessing.
Though U.S. Sen. Al Franken has long been an advocate for a green economy, and has sponsored at least one ag-related piece of legislation, the fledgling legislator admits his experience with farms and farming is more limited than he would like.
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