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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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University of Minnesota Extension It’s a distinctive addition to Minnesota commerce, one that contributed $59 million to the state’s economy in 2011 alone. The amount of grapes Minnesota grows is increasing, especially since 2006’s introduction of the Marquette red variety to the landscape.  But the state’s wine industry is no longer a novelty. It will [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension Fall?! Good Grief, we’ve barely had summer. It was spring until the middle of July. I think many people figure fall will be about as mixed up as spring and summer have been. With corn planted from the first week of May through the first week of July, [...]

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University of Minnesota Extension The Stearns County Extension Office located in St. Cloud, will be on the move for the week of the 2013 Stearns County Fair. The office will temporarily be relocating to the Stearns County Fairgrounds in Sauk Centre from Tuesday, July 30 through Sunday, Aug. 4. Normal business hours of 8 a.m. [...]

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 By Janelle Daberkow University of Minnesota Extension Planting a tree seems simple. Dig a hole the size of the root ball, place the tree in the hole, and water, right? Not entirely. Here are a few tips for success for correct tree planting. Remember, planting a tree is a long term investment, so the extra [...]

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By Dan Martens University of Minnesota Extension Fertilizer expenses for growing corn in 2011 ranged from a bottom 10 percent average of $26/acre to a top 10 percent average of $188/acre. This is based on Farm Business Management Records sorted for Stearns, Benton and Morrison counties. The University of Minnesota Extension will host a workshop [...]

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