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May 2010 Archives

Many soils in Minnesota and the upper Midwest are fertile, but only made productive through artificial subsurface (tile) drainage.
To help Minnesota communities prepare for the invasion of emerald ash borer (EAB), University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and Minnesota Department of Natural Resources will offer several workshops around the state during the month of June.
If they did not sign up in 2009, farmers have until June 1, 2010, to sign their farms up for the Average Crop Revenue Election (ACRE) program, the optional safety net for farmers provided in the 2008 Farm Bill. And farmers should pay close attention to this decision for 2010.
The warm and dry spring has facilitated some of the earliest corn planting of all time in Minnesota, but early corn emergence increases the risk for frost damage.
Military kids from around the state are invited to attend Operation: Military Kids camp this summer. There are currently approximately 17,000 kids in Minnesota who are affected by having a family member deployed.
For high-quality forage, prepare to take first harvest earlier than normal this year. The early warm weather this spring has perennial forage stands off to the races. 
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