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Horseradish: herb of the year for 2011


Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



The International Herb Association chooses an Herb of the Year to highlight each year. Their choice involves evaluating herbs that are outstanding in at least two of the three major categories: culinary, medicinal, or decorative. Horseradish meets all three of these categories.

Culinary: Horseradish is probably most well known for its use in cocktail sauce. It is also a wonderful sauce for roast beef when mixed with sour cream. Horseradish is one of the bitter herbs used in the Passover Seder.

Medicinal: Horseradish root can be rubbed on sore joints to relieve rheumatism or pressed on the forehead for headaches. It is full of nutrients such as vitamin C, iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorous, potassium and zinc. Horseradish also has antibacterial, antioxidant and detoxifying properties.

Decorative: The leaves of horseradish don't all look alike. They are easily dried for use in dried flower arrangements.

Horseradish became popular in England in the late 1600's. Commercial cultivation in the U.S. centered around Chicago because a German family brought plants to that area around 1856.

If you are looking to plant some horseradish in your garden, here's what you need to know to get you started:

You can mail order for root cuttings or possibly pick them up at a garden center. They should be ¼" to ¾" in diameter and about 8" long. You plant them with the flat side facing up and at a slight angle. Plant so the top is just at the soil line. Space 18" to 24" apart. Plants are large and can grow to 3' in height. It is best to plant horseradish in the spring. Horseradish is a perennial and will sprout from any piece of root that is left in the ground meaning it can be invasive if you aren't careful.

Using Fresh Horseradish:

Freshly grated horseradish will turn brown so it is best to use it right away. If that is not practical it can be preserved by adding vinegar, 1/4 to 1/3 cup white vinegar for every 2 cups of freshly grated horseradish.

Recipes:

Cocktail Sauce

¼ cup Ketchup

2 T prepared horseradish

2 drops any brand hot sauce

Horseradish Salad Dressing

•2 C yogurt •4T fresh dill •1T minced onion •1T chopped chives •1T prepared horseradish

Dash of fresh ground pepper

Combine all ingredients in a quart jar, cover and chill. Shake before using. Keeps two weeks in the refrigerator. Great on .....
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Greenleaf Angus named 2011 MN Breeder of the year

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Greenleaf Angus, Lavonne and the late Lynn G. Mensink of Preston, were honored by the Minnesota Angus Association as the 2011 Breeder of the Year. The award was presented to Mrs. Mensink by the association and their family by Association President, ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



CRP Signup Ends April 15

Farmers and ranchers have until April 15 to enroll eligible land into the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) during the general sign-up period, which opened in March.

Contracts awarded under this sign- ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Apr 8th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Visit two Winona County Minnesota grape growing operations to discuss "bud break," young shoots and other spring grape growing issues on Saturday, April 30, from 9:30 am to 4 pm.

In the morning, you will tour Bob and April Heiring's n ..... 
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Ninth annual Dairy Show

Wed, Apr 6th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The ninth annual Southeast Minnesota All-Breeds Youth Dairy Show will be held on Friday, June 10 at 10:30 am at the Houston County Fairgrounds in Caledonia, MN. This show is for all youth ages 20 years old and younger and will include all breeds, bo ..... 
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Extension Notes

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Earlier this winter I completed the Houston County Land Rent Survey, and now have results from the Fillmore County Land Rent Survey. In those two surveys not one landlord or renter projected rents to decline from 2010 to 2011. So is this a l ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture



Enrollment for the 2011 Direct and Counter-cyclical Program (DCP) has begun and will continue through June 1, 2011.

USDA computes DCP Program payments using base acres and payment yields established for each farm. Eligible producers ..... 
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Dairy princess to be crowned Saturday in Preston

Fri, Mar 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The crowning of the new Fillmore County Dairy Princess will be held Saturday, April 2nd, at St. Columban's Catholic Church in Preston at 1:00pm. The public is welcome to attend.

The princess candidates are Alyssa Vrieze from Spring Valley, K ..... 
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Grazing cover crops

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Extension Notes

A Grazing Cover Crops Field Day will be held Saturday, April 2nd, from 1:00 ~ 3:00 pm at the Mike (Tom) Boelter Farm, 29254 181st Avenue, Wykoff, MN. There is no fee and no pre-registration needed for this event.

Direc ..... 
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