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By Beth Berlin University of Minnesota Extension Purchasing plants each spring can add a little energy into any gardener.  Annual flowers, vegetable plants and perennials can be a vibrant addition into our gardens. Purchasing quality, healthy plants and having a plan before purchasing them will help ensure you are happy with your experience. Putting thought […]

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University of Minnesota Extension As corn prices declined in the fall of 2013, so did farm incomes for a majority of Minnesota farms, according to a joint analysis conducted by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (MnSCU) and University of Minnesota Extension. Overall, net farm income was $41,899 for the median farm. That compares to $189,679 […]

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By Dan Martens Extension Educator U of M Extension Service From time to time, for farm programs, crop disaster declarations, crop insurance options and other things perhaps — we hear about an “Olympic” average for crop yields and other things. Olympic average simply means — for a given set of numbers, you drop the high […]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension It’s time to take a close look at spring grain care, if you haven’t started already. In 2013, a late spring led to wet soybeans and corn at harvest time; and propane supplies became short in the fall. Some soybeans and corn were not dried completely in the […]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension Kent Theisse is a former Extension Educator in Blue Earth County. He continues to do a lot of work on farm management issues as an employee of MinnStar Bank. Kent wrote recently about factors people might consider as they work on 2014 crop production budgets and rental discussions. […]

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator University of Minnesota Agronomy staff conducted an agronomy update for farm agronomy advisers at several sites around Minnesota recently. One of the themes through discussions on insects, weeds, crop diseases and fertilizer was that some things in the crop production arena are getting kind of shaky these days. Farmers need […]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension When time seems short and the weather seems uncertain, we’re tempted to push a little harder at the harvest. We encourage farmers and other drivers to take their time on the roads and to resist the temptation to take shortcuts. Anticipate left hand turns: Approach farm equipment carefully […]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension The snow on Sunday Oct. 20, along with watching the October page on the calendar slip away, gives farmers a little more reason to think about getting on with the harvest as much as they can. For some, waiting could make sense. It’s an unusual year and your […]

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