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UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   In October 2022, Extension educators visited 20 community gardens and urban farms in Ramsey County to conduct soil tests. All 20 sites used county compost and many of the gardens had applied compost for years. While compost is an important...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   The Produce Safety Rule is part of the federal Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) that applies to some farms in Minnesota. Since the law has been finalized,  updates and changes have been made that relate to water you use on your farm....
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   April 3 update from the Minnesota Board of Animal Health: 2023 HPAI wave begins less than four months since last detection in Minnesota   Please refer to the MBAH for up-to-date information and resources in other languages.   HPAI or avian...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Even though there still may be snow in the forecast, it’s time to think about testing your soil to prepare for summer. Whenever we get questions about fertilizing lawns and gardens at Extension, we always ask if a soil test was done on the...
Plants often are only as strong as the soil in which they grow. While certain greenery may thrive no matter where it's planted, soil conditions are often key to successful growing. Sodic soil is one condition people may experience at home or in commercial farming operations. Sodic soils, sometimes...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Multicolored Asian ladybeetles seeking warm sunlight and trying to get outside   Spring is here and soon the temperatures will begin to rise and stay warm. With the springtime increase in temperature you may begin to notice insects in...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Forsythia flower buds above the snowline did not survive winter temperatures. The buds that are blooming were covered with snow and protected from dieback.   You have to be tough to be a plant in Minnesota. Our plants endure cold, heat,...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Prune oaks like this Majestic Skies™ northern pin oak in the winter to avoid oak wilt, a fatal disease that affects both red and white oaks.   Trees and shrubs are long-lived, important landscape plants and are a good investment for any...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Spring is when our thoughts turn to green lawns, emerging flowers and sprouting veggies. So, it's a good time to sort out how to best feed all those plants to make sure we have lush yards and gardens this summer. Extension as a few new...
The population is growing and so is its demand for food to fuel those extra bodies. Harvard Business Review reports the global population has quadrupled over the last century. It's predicted that, by 2050, the population will exceed nine billion people. The world is not able to feed all of its...

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