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  • Land Rent Workshops

    What is a fair farmland rental agreement? Join us to find out the answer to that question and many more!
  • Minnesota Crop Progress Report and Guidelines for Harvesting, Drying and Storing Late-Maturing and High-Moisture Corn

    The Minnesota Crop Progress Report from the National Agricultural Statistics Service reports as of October 10, 2014 that corn harvest continued to be delayed due to high moisture levels.
  • Be Safe this Fall!

    Be sure that you and your family practice farm safety to ensure everyone’s safety!
  • Meet Shelby lynn, McLeod County's 2014-2015 Minnesota GreenCorps Member!

    Shelby lynn will be working with us in the McLeod County Extension Office through August of 2015.
  • Dairy Farm Bill Workshops

    University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency have scheduled a series of free dairy education seminars to help farmers make decisions about the new dairy program in the 2014 Farm Bill.
  • Fall pasture to-do list for horse owners

    Fall is quite possibly the busiest time of year for farmers, and there are so many things to be thinking about and doing! While many of us think about crops and harvesting them, fall is also an important time of year for pasture care, especially for horse owners.
  • Managing stored grain to minimize storage losses

    When grain harvest approaches, it is time to review basic on-farm grain storage principles for maintaining quality of stored commodities.
  • Dairy Workshops to Address Dairy Farm Bill

    Two separate workshops are being offered to help dairy producers understand the dairy portion of the farm bill.
  • Unwanted Home Visitors

    Fall, to many, is a beautiful time of year as the number of mosquitos and gnats decrease, however homeowners find unwanted bugs in or around their home.
  • AgLease101.org is a great website for land lease information

    Ag Lease 101 helps both land owners and land operators learn about alternative lease arrangements and includes sample written lease agreements for several alternatives.
  • Prevented plant: cover crop and forage options

    The weather continues to challenge farmers in parts of Minnesota. With the late planting window closing, cover crop options for prevented plant acres should be considered. Crops selected for forage use would also be good choices as cover crops. There are several options depending on what a producer's needs and expectations are.
  • Weather Delays Corn Planting but High Yield Potential Exists

    University of Minnesota Extension Corn Specialist, Dr. Jeff Coulter, has provided updated corn planting guidelines for the wet spring of 2014. Dr. Coulter indicates that with the recent and expected rainfall, many growers may not be able to resume field work until May 3rd or early next week. This has led to questions about corn yield potential when planting is delayed. University of Minnesota planting date studies show that highest corn yield typically occurs when planting is completed by mid-May. In a study from 2009 to 2011 at Lamberton, Morris, and Waseca, MN that was funded by the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, average grain yield was within 98% of the maximum if planting was completed by May 15.
  • Weeds to Watch - Wild Parsnips

    Wild parsnips (Pastinaca sativa) is a weed to watch and control in Meeker and McLeod Counties. Plants are primarily found along the edges of fields, ditches, and areas that are not in crop production. There can be concerns if hay is made with these plants due to their toxicity when ingested.
  • Taking a good soil sample

    Soil test analysis data collected from a field 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 those farming thousands of acres to those planting the home garden. Find more information here.
  • 2014 Iowa State University Custom Rate sheet

    Farmers often hire or offer custom machine work to help with tilling, baling, spreading manure, etc. This document, prepared by William Edwards from Iowa State Extension, outlines survey results of average custom rates from 2014.
  • McLeod County Corn and Soybean Growers 2013 Corn & Soybean Plot Totals

    Includes the highest average yields for all plots, results from each of the three corn plots, as well as the soybean plot.
  • Nominate a Farm Family of the Year for McLeod County

    Nominate a McLeod County farm family or individual for the Farm Family of the Year. Nominations will be taken until Monday, March 31st.
  • Keeping Forages in Focus During the Offseason

    The winter of 2012/13 will be one to remember for anyone is the business of producing and/or feeding forages. Region wide winterkill including parts of Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, and Canada resulted in a tight supply and high demand market that to some extend continues today.
  • Resources Available to Farmers

    For farmers that are in need of help there are resources available. These resources are mostly organizations with professionals that assist farmers when the need arises. Often some of the organizations also can be helpful to help strengthen the financial position of the farm family through the situation.
  • Meet your local educator

    Nathan Winter is an Extension educator in agriculture production systems.
  • Corn Hybrid Selection Should be Based on Multiple Sources

    Minnesota corn growers who are now making decisions concerning hybrid selection.
  • 2012 corn and soybean plot results

    View results from the McLeod County corn and soybean test plots.
  • Selecting Trees and Shrubs in Windbreaks

    Windbreaks can provide a number of benefits including wind protection, control of drifting snow, energy savings, odor abatement, wildlife habitat establishment and more.
  • Farm Machinery Cost Estimates

    What is your farm machinery costing you? View estimates of farm machinery operation costs calculated via an economic engineering approach.
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