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April 2012 Archives

A mild winter and early spring has sparked speculation on what may happen with different insects, such as alfalfa weevil, around the region. Alfalfa weevil is one of Minnesota's early-season insect pests. It can reduce hay yields.

Approximately 70 percent of the seed soybeans planted this year in Minnesota will be treated with fungicides. This is a dramatic change from 10 years ago when most farmers planted untreated soybeans. This change requires increased care to keep seed soybeans separate from harvested soybeans headed to market.

A natural shoreline is a healthy shoreline, benefiting the water quality of lakes and streams, the surrounding wildlife, and the people who live on or near your lakeshore property.

"If your property hasn't been developed yet, you can plan ahead to leave it in its natural state," says Karen Terry, a water quality educator with University of Minnesota Extension. But what if your property is already developed?

As of 2012, 13 Minnesota school districts have implemented a change to a four-day week. More districts are considering the switch. A study funded by the University of Minnesota Tourism Center's Carlson Chair for Travel, Tourism and Hospitality sought to help the tourism industry understand the implications of this change, so that businesses can better adapt.

Will the April showers bring May forage? As the moisture deficit continues across much of Minnesota, University of Minnesota Extension educators are hearing the question: What if the drought pattern continues?

Currently, there are 207 ethanol production facilities in the U.S. which produce over 36 million metric tons of wet and dried distillers grains, which has become a popular, economical partial replacement for corn and soybean meal in animal feeds.

This unseasonably balmy weather has allowed for earlier field work to begin. How does this, coupled with an extremely dry fall, affect your nitrogen management program for corn?

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