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County Agriculture Educator in Dakota County

  • Irrigation water management tools: Soil moisture monitoring
    Monitoring the amount of water stored in the soil can help irrigators decide when and how much to irrigate. With recent advances in cellular telemetry and computer software, many new tools are available to monitor soil moisture and use that information to make irrigation water management decisions. Finding the right tools that meet your needs is all about finding the right equipment, and the right price, to optimize profitability. This article will describe some of the traditional and newer options available for monitoring soil moisture.
  • Report on economic impact of local food operations
    If you've been looking for numbers on the economics of local food production, you might find this new report from the U of M useful: "A study of the financial performance of 11 commercial vegetable operations in central Minnesota."
  • Emerald ash borer update
    Emerald ash borer has been found at three sites in Dakota County. Extension has an updated guide to this tree pest.
  • Private Pesticide Applicator Re-certification Workshops
    Farmers can renew permits again this year by 1 of 3 options.
  • Big Ten News highlights UMN crop breeding program
    UMN's Forever Green Initiative is simultaneously breeding higher-yielding intermediate wheatgrass and also developing the market for the grain. The goal is to improve both farmers livelihoods and the environment.
  • Cover Crop Resources
    Cozy up with one of these books or websites this winter.
  • Guide to Dakota County food policy available online
    With funding from Dakota County Public Health, a local group called Homegrown South hired the Public Law Center to search through local ordinances and prepare a report on how they relate to local food production, from back-yard chickens to farm stands. The report is available free online.
  • Resources to help with transition to organic
    Along with the Dec 3 event in Rochester, the U of M offers two free publications to help farmers who are interested in transitioning to organic.
  • New information for corn after alfalfa
    Product of 4 years of research on 31 farms.
  • Intro to cover crops
    Cover crops are popping up in the news and in fields across Minnesota. This article is meant to be an introduction to the basics for those who feel overwhelmed and want somewhere to start.

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