Tag: Extension

Dry Conditions in Fields Show Improvement with Recent Rainfall; High Tech Robotic Diary Field Day on September 22nd

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com Polk County, MN – As harvest season approaches, many local farmers are grateful for the recent rainfall in the past month after the harsh drought this previous summer. The Minnesota DNR reports the drought caused a severe moisture deficit in many parts of Northern Minnesota. So, the scattered rain showers are…
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September 16, 2021 0

Extension Comments on Drought and Current Field Pests

By: Mary Balstad marybalstad@rjbroadcasting.com Minnesota – Extension Educator Heather Dufault recently spoke about the ongoing drought in Minnesota. With large parts of northern Minnesota being classified as a D3 or D4 drought, the rainfall from the past few days has been a blessing for many farmers in the area. However, despite the much needed moisture…
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August 26, 2021 0

Will Dead Lawns and Trees Recover from Drought?

Clay County, MN — Prior to this week, parts of our region went weeks without any rain at all, and some went months without any significant moisture. This caused lawns to turn brown and trees to start dropping their leaves and acorns much ahead of schedule. Now that moisture is returning to the Red River…
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August 26, 2021 0

Ag Extension Talks Drought Conditions, Effects on Small Crops and Trees

By: Mary Balstad mbalstad@cord.edu Polk County, MN – The D3 status that many areas in Minnesota have gained reflect the troubling and severe drought conditions farmers face. With a reported 22% of the state in an extreme drought, Ag Extension Educator for Norman and Polk county Heather Dufault says the lack of rainfall is highly…
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July 29, 2021 0

Minnesota Extension Comments on Harsh Drought Conditions

By: Mary Balstad Polk County, MN — Throughout the month of June local crops have struggled with the harsh drought conditions brought on by high temperatures. Despite getting rain on Sunday, June 20th, farmers are expecting yet another rain shortage as a possible heatwave makes its way through the greater Midwest once again. Extension educator…
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June 24, 2021 0

Frost & Heavy Winds Cause Issues for Some Local Crops

Ada, MN — While the great weather made for an easy spring planting season, mother nature has made the start of the growing season much more challenging. Precipitation has been hard to come by, but perhaps the biggest hurdles have come from last week’s late frost and strong winds. Heather Dufualt, Norman/Polk Extension Educator, says…
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June 2, 2021 0

As Spring Planting Starts, Extension Office Encourage Farm Safety

Ada, MN — Spring planting is getting underway in the Red River Valley and that’s lead Norman-Polk County Extension Educator to reminder everyone, both farmers and everyone else, to be extra cautious and look out for each on the roadways. So far there have been two fatal farming related accidents in 2021 in Minnesota. Dufault…
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April 7, 2021 0

Polk/Norman Extension Encourages Growers to Handle Produce Safely

Fosston, MN — Perhaps one of the most enjoyable aspects of growing a successful garden is getting to share the fruits of your labor with others. Whether you are giving cucumbers to a friend, donating potatoes to the food shelf, or selling peppers at a farmer’s market, Polk and Norman County Extension Educator Health Dufault…
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March 22, 2021 0

Farm Safety Webinars with UofM, NDSU Extension begin January 21st

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (1/15/21) (Minnesota) — Next week will kick off a five-week-long series of Farm Safety Webinars through the University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension.  This partnership this winter will provide viewers the opportunity to empower their communities and individuals to prioritize safety of the farm. Webinars will be…
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January 15, 2021 0

UofM Extension holds 6th annual Women in Ag Network Convention virtually February 3rd

By Paul Vold kkinradio@embarqmail.com (12/29/20) (Willmar, MN) — The 6th annual Women in Ag Network conference will be held virtually on February 3rd with the focus of “Building Bridges, Cultivating Connections”. The event will be a day full of learning and networking for women involved in agriculture.  Keynote speaker for this event will be Michelle…
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December 29, 2020 0