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Media Contact: Allison Sandve, Extension news media manager, ajsandve@umn.edu, 612-626-4077 (office) or 651-492-0811 (mobile).

If you go to the "Great Minnesota Get-Together," be sure to participate in fun and educational University of Minnesota Extension opportunities. Extension discovers science-based solutions, delivers practical education and engages Minnesotans to build a better future.

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University of Minnesota salutes 2018 Farm Families of the Year

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/17/2018) — Eighty families from throughout Minnesota are being honored as 2018 Farm Family of the Year by the University of Minnesota.

The farm families will be recognized in ceremonies beginning at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at the annual Minnesota Farmfest on the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls. The event is in the Wick Buildings Farmfest Center on the estate grounds.

The families were chosen by local University of Minnesota Extension committees based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

“The University of Minnesota takes pride in honoring these families. The farm families receiving this year's honors exemplify what makes Minnesota agriculture strong,” Extension Dean Bev Durgan said. “They bring innovation, science and hard work to farming. They care greatly about the land and animals and delivering quality products to consumers worldwide.”

A sampling of farmers and their contributions to agriculture follows. All th…

Dealing with impact of flooded fields and saturated conditions

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/10/2018)--Flooding, ponding, and saturated soils continue to impact crops across southwestern and south central Minnesota. Intense rains, ranging from 6 to 8 inches or more in several counties in southwestern Minnesota on July 3, exacerbated the wet conditions.


Potential damage to crops depends on several factors, including:
crop stage during the flooding/ponding duration of the flooding/ponding air/soil temperatures, and rate of drying and soil type  Crop development stage is quite variable this season due to a wide range of planting dates. Partially submerged plants have a better chance of survival than completely submerged ones, although root development and nutrient uptake will still be impacted.
Corn impacts Corn at the V5 stage (five leaf collars) can generally survive two to four days of flooding, although plants may not survive more than 24 hours when temperatures are above 77°F. Corn at the V7 to V10 stage can generally tolerate standing water for seven …

Beltrami County 4-H’ers take top Science of Ag

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/2/2018) — A team of Beltrami County took home top honors in the fourth annual Minnesota 4-H Science of Agriculture competition.

The team of Theresa Gustafson, Lily Krona and Haley Mouser earned first place for their research into promoting understanding genetically modified organisms through youth education. The group was coached by Michelle Mouser. Each member received a $1,000 college scholarship.


Science of Agriculture is a hands-on learning experience to inspire Minnesota youth. Teams of three to five participants in grades 6-12 work with volunteer coaches and mentors to identify agriculture-related issues in their communities and develop and share solutions.

Second place went to 4-H’ers from Le Sueur County with a project on improving nitrate testing and mitigation in local waters. Team members were Adam Pankow, Anna Prchal and Julianne Pankow; the youth were coached by Jodi Prchal. Third place went Mower County 4-H’ers for their project, focusing on buildin…

Are you 'bee-friendly'? U of MN Extension survey shows Minnesotans improving yards and gardens

ST. PAUL, Minn. (6/20/2018) –Is your garden pollinator-friendly? What about your neighbors?

“The good news is people are trying,” said Julie Weisenhorn, Extension horticulture educator. “People are being more careful when it comes to pesticides and the plants they chose to grow.”

To help gardeners, University of Minnesota Extension launched a pollinator landscape survey in 2017, the first university-based online tool of its kind. So far, more than 950 people have taken the five-minute survey.

The first year of the survey showed more gardeners stop and think before using pesticides. Nearly half never use them and more than a third reported they might use chemicals if they thought a plant was going to die from disease or insect damage.

“It shows that people are stopping and thinking about it before they’re reaching for the spray bottle,” Weisenhorn said. “In the past, people would say, ‘something is chewing on my leaves, I need to spray.’ Hopefully, they are first identifying what’s…

U of M Extension resources help assess prevented planting options

ST. PAUL, Minn. (5/21/2018)--Heavy spring rains resulting in flooded fields have delayed planting for many farmers in southern Minnesota.

Citizen science blooms in Twin Cities with City Nature Challenge

ST. PAUL, Minn. (4/16/2018)—People of all ages and science backgrounds can take part in an international nature challenge set for April 27 to 30 across the Twin Cities metro area.