Michael Dorf's backyard vineyard started a decade ago with 10 grapevines, enough to make four cases of wine if everything went well... Seaway also stocks Frontenac gris ($6.50), another grape introduced by the University of Minnesota and the viticulturist Peter Hemstad. "It's very easy to grow, and quite disease-resistant," he said.
The New York Times
Among the great
wineries of the 20th century, my grandfather's basement in the Bronx
never got much respect... I sought encouragement from Peter Hemstad,
a research viticulturist at the University of Minnesota. "It only takes
about a half-dozen vines to make a five-gallon carboy of wine each
year," he said.
The New York Times
Wall Street Journal
Farmers are used to breaking records, but watching helplessly as a raging river tops new levels is one to forget... Although moving grain through the Pacific Northwest continues to grow, the direction of world freight movement is through the Gulf, says University of Minnesota Extension Specialist in Transportation, Marketing and Logistics Jerry Fruin.
Corn and Soybean Digest
Get a couple of gardeners together this spring, and odds are good we'll start grumbling about the weather... I don't grow fruit or magnolias, so I hadn't noticed. I decided to check in with Jim Luby, horticultural science professor at the University of Minnesota and head of its fruit-breeding program.
Star Tribune Green Girls Blog
Recognizing the need to prepare communities for the arrival of Emerald Ash Borer (EAB), the University of Minnesota's Department of Forest Resources has assembled a project team.
Alfalfa growers seeing light-green, stunted and spindly patches - or entire anemic-looking alfalfa fields - may want to apply sulfur this spring... "Our major alfalfa-growing regions probably suffer a lot of the same problems" that Wisconsin is enduring, says Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota Extension nutrient management specialist.
Hay & Forage
The intersection of water and
agriculture in the 21st century is taking center stage at the University
of Minnesota's St. Paul campus.
By all accounts, last year was remarkable for crop farmers in Minnesota... As a result, the median net income for Minnesota crop farmers topped $160,000, compared to just $60,000 in 2009, according to the University of Minnesota's Center for Farm Financial Management. Overall, the median net farm income, based on a survey of 2,500 operations, was $119,915, compared to just $33,417 in 2009.
Mark Seeley at the University of Minnesota has some good information (as always) in his weekly WeatherTalk blog.