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Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Fillmore County FairBy Virginia CooperMonday, August 14, 2000

There were so many great questions asked; last week we heard about all the trouble with tomato blight. This week will focus on Rust Diseases, especially in lawns.

Rust diseases are all characterized by any orange to reddish brown material on plants. In lawns it can actually rub off on your shoes. Rust fungi can be found on many plants and trees, including Lawns, Roses, Pines, Beans and more. Rust diseases all act basically the same. They are a fungus, which propagates by spores usually carried by wind. Like other fungal diseases, most rust disease is worse in wet years.

With all fungal diseases, look for the spore producing body. This may be a canker, blister or swollen branches in trees. These should be physically removed to reduce the number of spores. Dispose of by burning or landfilling. Itís usually not a good idea to add diseased material to your compost pile.

Rust found in lawns is usually worse in August or September. A heavy infection can cause grass blades to yellow and die. Rust diseases are rarely a problem when good cultural practices are followed.

The following list of disease prevention practices will help you combat rust and other diseases in your home and garden.
ē Grow grasses adapted to your area and level of management.
ē Apply fertilizer according to local recommendations and based on a soil test.
ē Water when it is needed but avoid keeping the grass wet for long periods.
ē Mow frequently at the recommended height for your grass type and use.
ē Maintain thatch layer at less than an inch.
ē Thin or prune trees and shrubs to allow air movement and light penetration.

Tip for Splitting Cabbages


Do you have trouble with your cabbage heads splitting? This tip comes from a neighbor who says that when her cabbages are mature and ready to eat, she harvests a few to eat right away. For the rest, she gives the cabbage heads a good quick turn, about a quarter to halfway around, keeping roots in the soil, but just enough to give the roots a good jerk. This keeps the heads in the garden, but stops them from growing, as all their energy goes into repairing the roots. A good idea for keeping cabbage coming for a while instead of all at once.

If you have any garden tip you would like to share, please call the Extension office at (507) 765-3896.

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Not in my backyard

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

"Not in my backyard," read a recent "Journal" article about the proposed trail that would connect Spring Valley to the Root River Trail system. "Not in my backyard," say the neighbors of the Reiland dairy farm and the Mi ..... 
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The elusive Blue Racer

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, July 24, 2000

In an edition of this column published earlier this year (Fillmore County Journal Vol. 15, No. 34, May 29, 2000) we briefly examined how the physical geography of the Upper Mississippi River Valley, in combination with th ..... 
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Vanishing America

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 7, 2000

Ever since I read about Lilly and her general store in his book, Jailhouse Stories, Iíve been asking Neil Haugerud to take me over to the little burg of Amherst for a visit.

"Youíve never met Lilly?" Neil always ..... 
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Cars

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

My grandfather on my fatherís side was quite mature when I was born. Iím sure he must have been almost seventy. I donít think that I got to know him very well before he passed on. He wasnít the type to bounce you on his ..... 
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A conversation about farming

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Monday, August 14, 2000

A farmer friend of mine, who has been milking cows for the past 30 years, was recently lamenting the fact that all of his immediate neighbors no longer milk cows for a living.

ďThe valley used to be full of dai ..... 
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What I do when I canít find anything to do

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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It helps if I make a list of things to do when I have the time. I think of all the nice things that I might be able to do for the people less fortunate than I am; such as giving advice to those in need of it and time to the timeless.

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Journal Profile # 77

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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Name: Pat Hudella
Home: Carimona
Age: 56
Profession: Retired Medical Secretary
Family: Husband Roger; 2 daughters, Laurie & Bonnie; 6 grandchildren
Hobby/Interests: Reading, watching the many b ..... 
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Apple Walnut Squares

Sun, Aug 13th, 2000
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1 1/2cup shortening
1 cup sugar
1 egg
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/2cup packed brown sugar
1 cup chopped walnuts
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon vanilla
2 1/2 cups fi ..... 
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