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Plan Your EAB Response


Fri, Oct 7th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

I believe most people in Southeast Minnesota are aware that Minnesota Department of Agriculture confirmed two new Emerald Ash Borer infestations. A beetle was found in a purple monitoring trap in Veterans Park in La Crescent, and another one was found in a trap in Great River Bluffs State Park. The real question is, "How will this affect me?"

For those who sell wood products, including fireawood, quarantines on ash product are currently in place in Ramsey, Hennepin, Houston and Winona counties. Although both Winona and Houston Counties are quarantined it would be wise to check with Kathryne Longen, MDA Plant Protection, 651-201-6245, kathryne.longen@state.mn.us before moving firewood from Houston to Winona. It is also possible the rules will be changed to allow movement to Wisconsin, as that is also in the quarantine area. Once again, check with MDA before moving wood.

The home owner has the difficult decision of treating Ash trees or replacing them. The general recommendation is to not start treatment unless EAB is within 15 miles. If treatment is chosen, be aware that it is a long term commitment. Insecticide treatments will be needed for the rest of the tree's life. Most of the products are best applied in mid to late spring. Some products can be applied by the tree owner, while others need to be applied by professionals. There is an excellent publication to help with your decision. Emerald Ash Borer: Homeowners Guide to Insecticide Selection, Use, and Environmental Protection that is available through University of Minnesota Extension, MDA and DNR.

If you chose to replace your ash trees, there is a list: Recommended Trees for Southeast Minnesota available at: http://www.extension.umn.edu/distribution/naturalresources/dd6574.html.

With this list is the "Tree Planting Rule-of-Thumb." No more than 10 percent of any species, no more than 20 percent of any genus, and no more than 30 percent of any family. We don't want to keep repeating the problems we created when Dutch elm disease wiped out the Elm trees, and we replaced them with mainly Ash trees.

On the positive side, in a coordinated response, DNR and MDA have conducted biocontrol efforts, releasing stingless wasps in the state park. I would like to emphasis the word "stingless" as the wasp are not the type that can sting us. Like most biocontrols, they will not achieve 100 percent control, but rather slow the spread of EAB.

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Become a Master Gardener- more than pulling weeds

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Master Gardeners do love digging in the soil. But you may not realize the scope of their involvement in the community. Minnesota Master Gardeners assist University of Minnesota faculty with research projects and varietal trials, advice city official ..... 
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Compare your nitrogen sources by price

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

This past week I came across the updated version of the Nutrient & Manure Management Tables, produced by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This jam-packed, one page, two-sided publication is loaded with v ..... 
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Compare your nitrogen sources by price

Fri, Sep 30th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

This past week I came across the updated version of the Nutrient & Manure Management Tables, produced by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture. This jam-packed, one page, two-sided publication is loaded with v ..... 
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Late-season drought brings soybean stress

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The dry soil conditions experienced recently over much of Minnesota may limit soybean yields, according to Dave Nicolai, crops educator with University of Minnesota Extension.

"Some plants are ripening prematurely. Another symptom of moistur ..... 
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Hand protection in agricultural settings

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

With Farm Safety Week coming up September 18-24, I started thinking of possible farm safety topics that I haven't covered. I decide to start by looking at topics that had been covered in recent years.

Here are some of the topics from past ne ..... 
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Focus on Farm Safety this fall

Fri, Sep 16th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The tragedy of an agricultural death or injury can cause the personal loss of a friend or family member. It also causes an economic and social burden when a productive member of a community is incapacitated or dies.

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Soil test to reduce fertilizer expenses

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

High fertilizer prices appeared a couple of years ago and have not left us. This past week I was talking to truck driving hauling potash. He understood the potash he was hauling was about $150 per ton higher than last spring!

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Farm Transition and Estate Planning

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Are you struggling with how to transfer your farm business to the next generation?

University of Minnesota Extension, Houston County and Caledonia Area Community Education are pleased to invite you to attend "Farm Transition and Estate Planni ..... 
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