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Apple lovers can expect high quality fruit this harvest season


Wed, Sep 25th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota apple growers are reporting a good crop of apples this fall, despite a later than normal start to harvest. Because of the late spring, most Minnesota apples are ripening about seven to ten days later than usual.



Todd Harvey, owner of Fireside Orchard & Gardens in Northfield, says the 2013 crop is good for growers and consumers.



“While we won’t set any all-time records this year, most growers are seeing a good, solid harvest of high quality fruit,” said Harvey. “Many varieties ripened a bit later than usual and the hot temperatures earlier this month kept many people away from apple picking, so we’re looking for a strong finish during the rest of September and throughout October.”



According to Minnesota Grown spokesperson, Paul Hugunin, a trip to the apple orchard can be a fun activity for the whole family.



“A family outing to the orchard is a wonderful way to introduce kids to how delicious fresh produce can taste – as well as provide them with some firsthand knowledge of where their food comes from,” Hugunin said. “Plus, many apple orchards also offer fresh apple cider, fall raspberries, pumpkins, squash and other seasonal favorites to enjoy.”



He says many orchards around the state also offer family activities like hayrides, tours and crop mazes.



The Minnesota Department of Agriculture’s Minnesota Grown Directory is a free statewide guide to more than 100 apple orchards. The directory also includes a comprehensive list of fall raspberry patches, corn mazes, wineries and more. You can search the directory online at www.minnesotagrown.com or order your FREE printed copy by calling 1-888-TOURISM.



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Tractor ride a success

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

An autumn tractor ride drew over 30 tractors from three states for a two-day ride in Bluff Country. The ride, sponsored by the Preston Historical Society, drew tractors from Iowa and Wisconsin as well as Minnesota. “People wagons” and “buddy ..... 
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Grazying crop residues

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator, Fillmore/Houston Counties It appears forages will be at a premium this fall. One way to stretch your feed further into the winter is by having your beef cows graze harvested corn fields. I started to say corns ..... 
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Minnesota conservationists look to dig deep to improve soil health

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Brian DeVore On a recent morning in August, North Dakota farmer Jerry Doan waded into a chest-high stand of cover crops that included millet, a type of sunflower and grazing corn. He explained to a visiting group of Minnesota soil conservationis ..... 
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Multi-species cover crop field day near Harmony

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

The benefits of cover crops are becoming more apparent as more farmers use them. A field day will be held Saturday, September 28 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Jim Love farm west of Harmony, Minn. (13748 201st Ave., Preston, Minn.) to discuss these man ..... 
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SIGN UP FOR WORLD DAIRY EXPO BUS TRIP

Tue, Sep 17th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

Calmar, Iowa - Join the Northeast Iowa Community-Based Dairy Foundation, and other sponsors on our one-day journey to World Dairy Expo in Madison on Friday, October 4. Friday’s event highlights at World Dairy Expo include the International Gu ..... 
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34th Annual MN IA State Line Plowing Association Field Day

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Harmony Agriculture

The 34th Annual MN IA Stateline Horse Plowing Association Field Day will be held Saturday, September 21 on the Mike Mueller farm rain or shine! There will be plowing, disking and dragging with horses and mules. The Mueller farm is located 12 mi. wes ..... 
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Grain Drowning

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Farm Safety Week is a reminder that the fall harvest season is fast approaching. With the anticipation that we will have less than ideal crops to harvest this fall; i.e. wetter tha ..... 
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Grow with us! Become a U of M Extension Master Gardener

By Jerrold Tesmer

Fri, Sep 6th, 2013
Posted in All Agriculture

By Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties Who are Master Gardeners? Master Gardeners are from all walks of life and volunteer on behalf of their university. They are eager to share best practices in gardening with people ..... 
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