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    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.

    Minnesota bumble bee biology

    Learn how to promote bumble bee health by providing nesting and foraging habitat right in your yard or garden.

    Prepare to plant flowers for pollinator insects

    Learn about pollinator insects in your area and what you can do for them.

    Learning how to maximize your return on investment at the 2019 County Crops Day

    Many farmers are dealing with a relatively thin profit margin these days, and the University of Minnesota has developed programming to address where key investments pay off. The annual Rice and Steele County Crops Day (Tuesday, Feb. 26, 2019) highlights how farmers can maximize their return on investment.

    What is Beef Quality Assurance certification training and who needs it?

    An increasing number of local processors and buyers are requiring their beef producers to become Beef Quality Assurance (BQA) certified to ensure that cattle are raised using best management practices in optimal environmental conditions. BQA is a program which is nationally coordinated but implemented by individual states. Currently, several processors and buyers that get beef from Minnesota and surrounding states are requiring beef producers to take BQA training to earn certification for 2019.

    Youth tractor safety certification required for those under 16 years of age

    We tend to give “farm kids” relatively advanced tasks on the farm. We assign them chores that we might not typically entrust to youth. Keeping this in mind, there are formal requirements regarding some of the tasks youth can perform on the farm. According to the U.S. Department of Labor’s Hazardous Occupations Order in Agriculture (AgHOs) law, youth aged 14-15 years old are required to earn tractor safety certification if they wish to drive tractors off their family farm.
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