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County Agriculture Educator in Rice County

    Potato leafhopper in alfalfa
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    Tassels are showing in Rice and Steele counties
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    Japanese beetles – late to the party, but here nevertheless
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    Lawn care checklist: spring edition
    The April snow has melted and our turfgrass is finally revealing itself again, reminding us that we have some work to do to prepare our lawns for the growing season. We are lucky that the cool-season turfgrasses we use in our Minnesota lawns can survive harsh winters, because this past winter was a doozy. Our turfgrasses endure the changing seasons because they grow rapidly during the cooler temperatures of spring and fall and then become less active during the heat of summer and frigid cold of winter. Read more about how our lawn care routine should support this natural life cycle of cool-season grasses to ensure that our lawns stay healthy. 
    Prepare to address volunteer corn in fields hit by 2018 tornadoes
    The downed corn left in the aftermath of the 2018 tornadoes causes a high potential for the occurrence of volunteer corn in these areas in 2019. I wrote an article about volunteer corn last fall, but as farmers are preparing for planting, I wanted to address the topic again.
    Preparing for a disaster: steps for creating a farm emergency action plan
    Due to the current height of snow drifts and record-breaking snowfall in February, areas in Rice and Steele counties are experiencing flooding issues this spring. Homeowners and farmers can take steps to prepare for such disasters
    Minnesota bumble bee biology
    Learn how to promote bumble bee health by providing nesting and foraging habitat right in your yard or garden.
    Management of insecticide resistance in soybean aphid
    Soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) remains one of our top crop insect pests, and unfortunately, there are soybean aphid populations which are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides in Minnesota. The risk of losing one of the tools in our toolbox prompts us to think about how to effectively manage this pest.
    Crop insect updates for the 2019 growing season
    Following the principles of integrated pest management, such as scouting, using thresholds, and choosing pesticides carefully, will help farmers make economically and environmentally sound decisions in the 2019 growing season.
    Management of insecticide resistance in soybean aphid
    Soybean aphid (Aphis glycines) remains one of our top crop insect pests, and unfortunately, there are soybean aphid populations which are resistant to pyrethroid insecticides in Minnesota. The risk of losing one of the tools in our toolbox prompts us to think about how to effectively manage this pest.

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