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Hot Topics

  • Growing Rhubarb

    News Release by Beth Berlin
  • Alfalfa PEAQ Stick and Scissors Cut Data

    PEAQ Stick measuring and scissors-cut sampling has started in the region to help alfalfa producer’s gauge cutting first crop alfalfa. Continue reading for more information about the PEAQ, or predictive equation for alfalfa quality, in our area.
  • Identifying and Responding to Soybean Emergence Problems

    Early detection and diagnosis enables you to minimize yield losses by taking prompt corrective action such as rotary hoeing or replanting if necessary. Continue reading for more information about emergence problems & disease management.
  • Agriculture and Horticulture Resources from University of Minnesota Extension

    The University of Minnesota Extension has a broad range of informational resources available to the public. Many of these resources are readily available to the public 24 hours a day and 7 days a week.
  • Spring Tree Care for Your Yard and Your Neighborhood

    Shelby lynn Gamache has shared some important tree care tips.
  • Windbreak and Crop Yield Study

    "This world study found that, within the protected zone of the windbreak, spring wheat yields increased an average of 8%, corn by 12%, soybeans by 13%, and winter wheat by 23%." Click here to read more!
  • Farm Safety

    Farm safety is so important to those working on farms, their families, and those using rural roadways. Be sure to think about how to be safe this spring and beyond.
  • Avoid pruning or wounding oak trees to prevent the spread of oak wilt disease

    To help prevent tree loss caused by oak wilt disease, Minnesota homeowners and forest landowners should avoid pruning or wounding oak trees from now through early summer.
  • Avian Influenza (HPAI)

    There have been many reports of avian influenza throughout Minnesota. Recently, they have also confirmed the presence in Meeker County as well. The following information will help you understand avian influenza.
  • Tips for Utilizing Seed Placed Starter

    The use of starter fertilizer placement on the seed (known as in-furrow placement) is commonplace in many areas of Minnesota. Dr. Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota Soil Extension Specialist discusses the value of in-furrow starter fertilizer when corn prices are low.
  • 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. Keep reading for great tips about how to get just such a sample.
  • Spring Has Sprung! But Wait…

    News Release by Beth Berlin
  • Managing Farm Finances in Challenging Times- Strengthen Your Cash Position

    Many business management experts agree having a strong liquidity position is very important in times of tight profit margins or to survive (hopefully short) periods of negative profit margins. What is financial liquidity? Read on for that answer and more.
  • 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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