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Hot Topics

  • 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.
  • September 8th Crop Report Indicates Progress but Corn Growers Still Need to Check the Fields

    The USDA National Agricultural Statistics Service released the Minnesota Crop Progress & Condition on Monday, September 8th. Continue reading for the results and things to keep in mind at this time of year.
  • 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.
  • Late-Summer Crop Considerations

    It is that time of year again~ time to start scouting for soybean aphids. Read on for tips about that and other late-summer crop considerations.
  • Spotted wing Drosophila in home gardens

    Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive insect pest mainly of raspberries, blackberries (and other cane berries), blueberries, grapes, and stone fruit.
  • McLeod County Farm Family of the Year announced

    Congratulations to Engelmann Dairy, this year's award recipient.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
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