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November 2011 Archives

Thumbnail image for 11-28-2011-corn.jpgWith high production costs for corn, growers must focus their management on factors that have the greatest potential to increase yield. Prerequisites for high-yield corn include favorable weather and adequate levels of drainage, soil fertility and pest management.

Recent research by University of Minnesota Extension has focused on discovering how additional agronomic factors could be modified to narrow the gap between actual and potential corn yields.

11-18-2011-turkey.jpgDo you want your holiday gathering to be unforgettable? As hosts, we all want to please our guests with great flavor and presentation. But don't overlook food safety basics when cooking the turkey.

Your holiday meal will bring back nothing but happy memories for your guests when you reduce the risk of foodborne illness by storing, thawing and cooking the turkey safely.

TurkeysIt comes as an honor, but as no surprise, that the tom turkey for the traditional Thanksgiving presentation of a live turkey to the U.S. president will come from Willmar, Minn. this year. Minnesota is No. 1 nationally in turkey production, with 47 million turkeys coming from our farms. The turkey industry and related businesses provide 26,000 jobs here.

Maki Kawase helps young people ages 5 to 19 succeed by creating spaces for critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity and collaboration. Kawase took a moment out from her work with 4-H youth development in Hennepin and Ramsey counties to explain how and why she does it.

Successful dairy farming has always required a degree of precision. This starts with the watchful eyes of producers and managers who, through experience and dedication, know their cattle and their land. However, the quest for improvement has led to the need for greater feeding precision.

Can a single, biofuel production system reduce water and nutrient runoff from farm fields, cut down on soil erosion and turn a profit for the farmers who grow it? University of Minnesota scientists and Extension Master Gardeners will explore this possibility as part of a new, five-year, $25 million multistate grant.

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