Benton Ag

The term “sodbusting” is used to identify the conversion of land from native vegetation to commodity crop production after Dec. 23, 1985. As part of the conservation provisions of …

Growing your education

Cut flower production series Cut flowers have emerged as a popular and attractive option for diversification.   Robin Trott, University of Minnesota Extension Educator and owner of …

Controlling fields organically

The Minnesota Organic Conference took place at the Rivers Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud Jan. 11-12. Growers gathered to learn different ways to help manage farms organically. In a session …

Murphy’s Law

The adage — commonly known as Murphy’s Law — is common to many: “Anything that can go wrong will go wrong.”   There are good chances that everyone will have …

Growing your education

Minnesota Beginner Farmer Institute The Minnesota Beginner Farmer Institute is a workshop series geared toward young or beginning farmers who are either joining an existing farm or starting …

I have spoken with several dairy farms in Central Minnesota over the past month and some have complained about respiratory problems with their calves. They are not alone.   In central …

A new year

Every year it starts. The media lauding the benefits of making New Year’s resolutions and the general public enthusiastically committing to new lifestyle choices only to forget them within a …

Prospering from challenges

If there is one thing that never scared Patrick Plante, it was a challenge. Buying a farm site in 1989, prior to seeing it, Plante had his work cut out for him.   A herd of 50 milking cows, …

Ag Connection with Amy Robak

Amy Robak, is a lead environmental specialist at Centra Sota Cooperative and specializes in animal facility improvements, nutrient and pest management, and soil health implementation.   …

EAB survival in warm winter

Emerald ash borers generally have a one-year life cycle that can extend to two years in a vigorously growing ash tree. EAB larvae live under the bark of ash trees and damage the tree’s outer …

Benton County 4-H wants to motivate the community in a big way.   Aaron Cross, a three-time Paralympian in the sport of archery and a motivational speaker and life skills trainer, will …

Tillage talk

Producers may know that reduced tillage benefits the soil and agricultural operations, but do they know the benefits of each system? Each month a different conservation tillage system will be …

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