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County Agriculture Educator in Meeker County

  • Minnesota crops continue to make progress despite a cooler than normal growing season
    Click here for data about the current crop conditions.
  • Time for watering and lawn seeding
    Plentiful spring and early summer rainfall has been replaced by a lack of adequate summer rainfall. Flower and vegetable gardens most likely need additional water.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Meeker County Farm Family of the Year announced
    Congratulations to the Tony and Patty Fisher Family, this year's award recipient.
  • Spring/Summer 2014 Resources
    We have compiled a list of notable, timely resources for the Spring & Summer of 2014.
  • 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.

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