Media Efforts Inform, Educate During Unusual Spring Weather
A very warm spring, preceded by a dry fall and winter, invited many questions from Minnesota's farmers and gardeners. Extension specialists and educators worked with the media to provide answers, reinforcing our reputation as a source for credible, research-based information.
Julie Weisenhorn gave gardening advice on Minnesota Public Radio and KARE 11; Mark Seeley and Liz Stahl explained weather patterns, soil moisture and fertility in the Farm & Ranch Guide; Lisa Behnken talked ideal corn-planting dates in the Rochester Post-Bulletin; Jochum Wiersma addressed small grains planting in Ag Week.
Later, when the drought ended throughout most of the state and storms brought abundant rain and hail, John Lamb, Dan Kaiser and Jeff Coulter used the media to help farmers shift gears and cope with new challenges. Many other specialists and educators communicated research-based recommendations via newspapers, radio stations, websites and social media.