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Showing posts from July, 2016

Water Wisely: Five steps to conserving water in your garden

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension media relations, 612-626-4077 or 651-492-0811,

From container plantings to lawns and gardens, the University of Minnesota Extension horticulture team is focusing on ways to help people use water wisely.

8 questions with Chris Tritabaugh

Golf course superintendent at Hazeltine National Golf Club, home of the 2016 Ryder Cup
You are building a whole village at Hazeltine to prepare for the Ryder Cup. It looks truly epic.

It is epic. We’re expecting 250,000 people, so there’s a lot to do. I’ve been involved in these tournaments before, but this is the first time that it’s really me managing the course and grounds from start to finish. It’s coming up quick!

Wiser water use on the golf course

Golf courses provide benefits well beyond a good round of the game when they are cared for in an environmentally friendly manner. A collaboration between University of Minnesota Extension and Minnesota Golf Course Superintendents Association (MGCSA), has helped golf courses reduce water use by 22 percent in recent years.

Manage insecticide use for soybean aphids carefully

Media Contact: Allison Sandve, University of Minnesota Extension media relations, 612-626-4077 or 651-492-0811,

ST. PAUL, Minn. (7/21/2016) — Science-based approaches to controlling soybean aphid numbers should be carefully integrated to maximize profitability for soybean farmers. An integrated pest management (IPM) approach minimizes the aphid’s impact on soybean yields and helps prevent insecticide resistance.

Peace Sanctuary Garden engages St. Paul residents

Master Gardener volunteers with University of Minnesota Extension hosted weekly afternoon Peace Sanctuary Garden classes at a community garden on Aurora Avenue in St. Paul during the summer of 2016. The purpose was to engage residents in investing in their neighborhoods by offering communal gardening time, a garden science lesson and a nutritious garden snack.

Extension and partners aim to better understand lake health

To better understand potentially harmful blue-green algae, University of Minnesota Extension educator Shahram Missaghi is part of a team studying Madison Lake in Blue Earth County. Mankato Free Press reporter Kristine Goodrich recently took a closer look at the work, which is led by University of Minnesota professor Miki Hondzo and the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency.

Missaghi and other partners in the project will study information amassed in floating data-gathering equipment to better understand origins of blue-green algae and potential ways to prevent it from occurring. The study is funded by the Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources.