Many soils in Minnesota and the upper Midwest
are fertile, but only made productive through artificial subsurface (tile)
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.
University of Minnesota Extension
Master Gardeners will hold five Twin Cities metro-area plant sales
during the months of May and June. Shoppers will find plants that
Master Gardeners have started from seed or dug from their own yards.
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.