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From The Ground Up

UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Colleagues across Extension have been receiving calls and emails about this warmer weather, wondering how it might affect everything from the soil to drought to syrup tapping. I have reports from people who have tapped trees that the sap...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   With their long season and spreading growth habit, pumpkins often present a weed control challenge.  Here are some important factors and considerations when working to manage weeds in pumpkins and winter squash.    Waterhemp in a pumpkin...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Are you interested in updating your farm’s food safety plan, considering getting a GAP audit, or want to make sure you are up to date with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule? Have you considered selling your produce to schools, food hubs or...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   If your farm needs to comply with the FSMA Produce Safety Rule, or your farm gets a GAP audit, you may have used the classic worker training video from the Produce Safety Alliance. This worker training video, which was originally available...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     Cantaloupes and Salmonella bacteria are in the news, as a major foodborne illness outbreak and recall has been ongoing related to this crop. Here is what we know.     What happened?   As of January 19th, 407 people in 44 states (...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Buckthorn fruit   In the fall, I prepare for a long couple of days removing invasive honeysuckle and buckthorn. As I hack away at the plants, the largest buckthorns still carry pitch-black fruit on the ends of their branches. I hear a few...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu     From growing grapes in a vineyard setting to your very own backyard or garden, dormant pruning is the first step to managing grapevine growth and productivity. No matter your background or previous experience with pruning grapes, we...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Thin lawns and lawns with bare soil are weed magnets. Manage weeds by growing a dense, healthy lawn and carefully spot-treat weeds if necessary. Read and follow product label instructions.   As spring approaches, Minnesota gardeners start...
UNIVERSITY OF MINNESOTA EXTENSION - www.extension.umn.edu   Spots of shiny sticky honeydew are a sign of a sucking insect-like scale. On the left leaf is a raised bump, a scale protected by a shell-like covering, often found on the underside of leaves.   Winter gardening includes indoor plant care...
Winter can be harsh. Frigid temperatures and fewer hours of daylight can take a toll, and many people prefer to stay warm inside as much as possible during winter. Indoor air also can take a toll, leading to dry skin and increasing individuals' exposure to viruses such as those that cause the...

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