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    Minnesota’s hog farmers’ struggles may lead to economic woes in rural communities

    Minnesota’s hog farmers’ struggles may lead to economic woes in rural communities

    Ag Help Resources

    We know times are difficult for Minnesota farm families, but you are not alone.

    2020 Wright County Farm Family of the Year

    BUFFALO, Minn. (05/11/2020) — On behalf of University of MN Extension and the Wright County Farm Family of the Year selection committee, it is my honor to announce that the Neaton family of Sweet Beet Farm is the 2020 Wright County Farm Family of the Year. The Neatons are a young family of four: Nick and Amelia, and two young sons named Albin (4) and Hugo (1).

    Resources for Farmers

    Resources for Farmers

    Area Farmers Face Unique Challenges during Planting Season

    Spring planting is always a busy time for farmers; and a worldwide pandemic only amplifies the stress and uncertainty that accompanies the season.

    Minnesota Department of Agriculture Grant Opportunity for Livestock Processors

    The COVID-19 outbreak has severely affected the market supply chain for animals and animal products, causing serious bottlenecks and an urgent need for additional processing.

    Aiming for Maximum Corn Yield in Minnesota

    Maximum corn yield in Minnesota is typically achieved when planting occurs in late April or early May. In years when warm weather arrives earlier than normal, planting in mid-April can produce similar yield if young corn plants are not significantly damaged by a freeze in May according to Dr. Jeff Coulter, U of MN corn extension specialist. In addition to the calendar there are four simple requirements for achieving uniform germination and emergence of corn as indicated by Dr. Bob Neilsen at Purdue University and Bruce Potter, University of Minnesota Extension IPM Specialist:

    The University of Minnesota Extension has a new cow podcast, The Moos Room.

    The University of Minnesota Beef and Dairy Teams are now producing a cow podcast called, The Moos Room.

    Soil Testing Lab and Plant Disease Clinic available to you!

    It is suggested that gardeners and farmers of all kinds get their soil tested at a minimum every few years. Why? Soil tests help find potential nutrient deficiencies and other issues in your soil. A test will also evaluate your soil’s pH and organic matter content. Every species of plants likes different pH levels and amounts of nutrients to grow efficiently and stay healthy. A simple $17 test from University of Minnesota’s Soil Testing Laboratory will help you address future issues before they even occur. For more information on taking and sending in samples visit soiltest.cfans.umn.edu/. One of the best times of the year to do soil sampling is right now!

    What’s the Dirt?

    What is soil? As it turns out, it is much more than just dirt. Soil, along with water and sun, is a very basic necessity of plant life on Earth. It provides the nutrients plants need to grow and reproduce.

    Farm Bill Meeting

    A Farm Bill Meeting will be held at the Rockford Township Hall on Friday, January 24th from 2:00-4:00pm.

    2019 Wright County Farm Family of the Year

    The Wright County Extension Committee selects the Farm Family each year and this year recognizes the Swenson family of Swenson Gardens near Howard Lake.

    Wright County Needs Assessment Survey

    We are conducting a needs assessment survey to help us offer the best possible programming and education to you. Taking the survey will lead to better opportunities from us to you.

    Prevented plant: Considerations for corn and soybean

    Farmers across the state and the nation are dealing with excessively wet conditions. University of Minnesota Extension has published an article related to these difficult situations.

    New Extension Educator in Wright County!

    The new Extension Educator, Adam Austing, has written a short write-up to introduce himself to Wright county.

    2019 Wright County Farm Family of the Year Nominations

    Wright County seeks 2019 Farm Family of the Year Nominations

    Crop Damage from Recent Storms

    The growing season of 2016 has gotten off to a challenging start for farmers in areas hit with significant wind, rainfall or hail events. If you have drowned-out spots in fields, have crops that were hailed out, or blown over or you were not able to plant some areas yet, check the article for key considerations at this late point in the season:

    Do foliar fungicides provide a benefit to corn damaged by hail?

    Hail damage has recently occurred to corn in Minnesota that was primarily at the V7-9 growth stage. Some producers are asking about the value of applying foliar fungicides to corn damaged by hail. This article will cover key points on this topic and summarize results from field studies.