- Spotted Wing Drosophila (SWD), Drosophila suzukii, is an invasive insect pest mainly of raspberries, blackberries (and other cane berries), blueberries, grapes, and stone fruit.
- Congratulations to the Tony and Patty Fisher Family, this year's award recipient.
- Several dates each summer, Dairy Extension teams up with successful dairy operations for on-farm discussions to help families plan strategies that are best for their situation.
- The challenging spring of 2014 has resulted in wide-spread planting delays in parts of the state and a significant amount of acres that remain unplanted at this time. Leaving the ground bare greatly increases the risk of not only soil erosion, but also the risk of "Fallow Syndrome" the following year.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Nominate a Meeker County farm family or individual for the Farm Family of the Year. Nominations will be taken until Monday, March 31st.
- Minnesota corn growers who are now making decisions concerning hybrid selection.