ST. PAUL, Minn.-- Weather conditions are delaying the onset of corn planting, but wide fluctuations in corn planting progress are not uncommon in Minnesota. By the end of April, about 50 percent or more of Minnesota’s corn acres were planted in 2009, 2010 and 2012, compared to less than 5 percent in 2008 and 2011.
4th Annual Farm 40 On Us is ON!
If you're an area farmer, we want to honor YOU!
Farm 40 on US95 and AM 730 KWOA just wrapped up Thursday night at Hickory Lodge in Worthington. Congratulations to the Farm 40 On Us grand prize corn winner: Vern Bosma!
Congratulations to the Farm 40 On Us runner-up bean winner: Jean Meester!
Blue Mounds State Park, near Luverne in the southwestern corner of Minnesota, has closed its campground through Sunday, April 21, due to ice-storm damage.
Park Manager Craig Beckman said freezing rain and strong winds have taken down numerous trees and branches in the park’s campground. “With more rain, wind and snow predicted, I can only assume that branches will continue to fall,” he said.
No campers were in the park during the storm and no injuries occurred. No camping reservations had to be canceled.
The report of the NW Iowa on-farm research projects conducted during 2012 is available on the web. Find it here. This report not only summarizes data from our original 3 counties in the NW corner of Iowa, it also has data from other counties across Iowa that have started to look at replicated, field length trials on farms. This past year there were 130+ different comparisons! You can also find the report from the 2011 and 2010 trials at this web page.
Rapid snow melt and potential for flooding pose challenges for manure management among the more than 25,000 livestock farms in Minnesota. Many farmers who spread solid manure during winter must ensure that it doesn’t run off with rapid snowmelt flowing to ditches, streams and other waters. Manure-contaminated runoff not only threatens water quality, it reduces the value of manure as a crop nutrient. If possible, farmers should refrain from spreading manure during periods of rapid melt.
Justine stopped by the YMCA this afternoon to watch second grade students from Prairie Elementary learn to swim, courtesy of the Jami Cummings Learn to Swim Fund. The students, in three different groups, will head over the to Y every day for the next week to take more lessons. They're learning to swim, and if the smiles and laughter are any indication, are having plenty of fun in the process!
The Minnesota College Athletic Conference has released their weekly Softball honors, and Minnesota West’s Alayna Hall was chosen as the Southern Division Co-Player of the Week.
Hall, a sophomore from Glenville, MN, went 4-for-7 at the plate as the Lady Jays split a doubleheader against St. Cloud Tech last Saturday. She had 2 triples, 2 RBI, and scored 3 runs in the two games last Saturday. The Minnesota West Lady Jays are now 3-4 on the season and 1-1 in Southern Division play in the conference.
Both the Minnesota and Iowa Basketball Coaches Association have handed out some postseason honors.
For those who have been watching the Roundup Ready soybean patent lawsuit issues progress, you may remember last summer when a federal court ruled agriculture giant DuPont and its Pioneer subsidiary infringed on a Monsanto patent, consequently awarding Monsanto $1 billion in damage.
The Minnesota State High School League has announced the Competitive Section Assignments for the next two years through the 2014-20-15 school year.