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From The Ground Up

  Strawberry growers throughout Minnesota are at or near their final harvest days for the season. After the final harvest, the field is renovated in order to restore the health of the plants and prepare them for the following season. This process involves: Weed control, mowing, row narrowing,...
  Japanese beetle numbers continue to increase in the weekly trap counts conducted by University of Minnesota researchers in Forest Lake, Hastings, Chanhassen, and Rosemount. As infestations increase on farms, growers should be vigilant about control in order to prevent extensive leaf damage.   ...
I live in Northern Minnesota near a wetland along a river. I have contracted a rash the past two summers from either poison ivy, poison sumac or poison oak while out cutting, digging or pulling weeds. How can I identify the plants? How can I protect myself?   1. Know the plants.  Education is...
Quick facts Mushrooms may appear in lawns due to excess rain or irrigation. Mushrooms are fruiting bodies of soil fungi. Mushrooms are rarely indicative of a lawn disease. During periods of heavy rain, mushrooms may start to pop up in lawns. Their appearance may cause you to be concerned about the...
Fairy ring in lawn. Photo: William M. Brown Jr. Bugwood.org Wet weather and over irrigation of lawns can sometimes result in mushrooms popping up. Most notably, "fairy rings" make themselves known, causing lawn overs to wonder if their lawn has a disease. Not to mention dodging mushrooms in a...
A thriving backyard garden requires homeowners to take steps to ensure the garden has the best environment in which to grow and thrive. The right tools and components, including trowels, rakes, soil, amendments, and fertilizer, can help gardeners create beautiful spaces. It's also important that...
  You've likely all seen the images of what grocery store shelves would look like without pollinators. While many fruit and vegetable crops require pollinators to set fruit, cucumbers, melons, squash, and other plants in the cucurbit family have one of the most complex pollination systems of any...
  While early July means different things to different people, if you are an apple grower, it reminds you that this is the beginning of apple maggot season in Minnesota. This pest spends the winter as pupae in the soil and begins to emerge as adults starting about July 1. Why are they are pests?...
Bees, birds and butterflies play integral roles in pollinating many of the crops humans rely on for sustenance. The National Pollinator Garden Network, through the National Wildlife Federation, recently launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge, an effort to increase the amount of nectar and...
We've seen some very heavy rains followed by hot weather over the last couple of weeks. These conditions can cause crusting on the soil surface. In this brief overview, I'll discuss how / why crusts form, and how you can respond in the immediate and longer term. At this point in the season, most...

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