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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 officials on how to create community gardens, partner with schools to teach students about composting, empower people to grow their own food, work with foresters to help limit the spread of emerald ash borer, teach homeowners sustainable ways to manage yard waste, improve the state's water quality with shoreline plantings and rain gardens, and much more.

Master Gardeners are paraprofessionals that are vital to Extension's goal of getting research-based information to Minnesotans. If you'd like to give back to your community through projects like these, contact the Fillmore County Extension Office 507-765-3896, the Houston County Extension Office 507-725-5807, or the Master Gardener state program office at http://www1.extension.umn.edu/master-gardener/ for application information and class times.

And don't worry - you'll probably get to pull some weeds, too.

The steps to becoming a Master Gardener:

1. Be accepted by your local program-Contact the County Extension Office and request an application packet. You'll need to complete the application, have an interview, and pass a background check.

2. Complete the Core Course training-The Master Gardener Core Course, designated HORT 1003 through the University of Minnesota, gives you 48 class hours horticulture training. It's taught by Extension educators and faculty, and is available in the Twin Cities area and online. Topics include soils, entomology, gardening resources, diagnostics, trees, herbaceous plants, lawn care, plant pathology, and more.

3. Complete you're internship-After completing HORT 1003, your internship will continue with 50 hours of volunteer time to be completed within the first year of participation.

4. Celebrate!-When your internship is done, you'll start the next calendar year as an active Master Gardener in your community.

5. Stay involved-To maintain your active Master Gardener status, you will complete at least 25 hours of volunteer time and required continuing education per year.

The 2012 Master Gardener Core Course will be offered at the U of M St. Paul Campus, January 14- February 9, Saturdays 9 am to 4 pm, Tues/Thurs evenings 5:30 to 8:30. Or Online (new topic weekly) January .....
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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.

"Safety Counts-Your Comm ..... 
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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!

Soil testing is ..... 
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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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Options for managing your woodland

Mon, Sep 5th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

A series of Woodland Field Days have been scheduled around Minnesota. On Saturday, September 10, a Southeast Woodland Tour will be held at Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center.

These field days are for family forest owners. The field da ..... 
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