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Good Question: Bagging Or Mulching -- Which Is Better For Your Yard?It is the time of year when the leaves keep falling, and we try to keep up. Unfortunately, the fall colors only last for so long before those leaves end up on our lawns. So which is better for your lawn? Bagging your leaves, or mulching them?
Bird Flu-Related Layoffs Harming Faribault's Economy, ResidentsIt has been nearly three weeks since the last reported case of the bird flu in Minnesota. But the state has been hit hard since the outbreak began in March. About nine million turkeys and more than 100 farms have been lost.
Study: Bird Flu's Economic Impact Above $300M In MinnesotaThe discovery of another infected flock of chickens will mean that 2 million birds will have to be destroyed -- the latest casualties of the bird flu. Meanwhile, the economic impact of the flu is just beginning to be felt.
Report: Minnesota Livestock Producers Had Profitable 2014Many Minnesota livestock producers enjoyed record profits in 2014 while earnings for crop producers fell for the second straight year, according to a new report that warns both sectors will face tougher times this year.
March 31 Farm Bill Crop Program Signup Deadline ApproachingUniversity of Minnesota Extension officials remind farmers and landowners they have until the end of March to make their crop program choices under the 2014 farm bill. The choices are between the Price Loss Coverage and Agricultural Risk Coverage programs.
Lawn Care Tips For Our Early WarmupIt never fails. Those first 60-degree days of the year have people thinking about their lawns and gardens. It just so happens the first 60 degree day of this year came very early.
U of M Extension Hosts Seminars On Dairy Program University of Minnesota Extension and the Farm Service Agency kick off a series of free seminars across Minnesota next week to help milk producers understand their options under a new federal dairy program.
Good Questions: Chip Bags, Mushrooms & Cutting OnionsJames from Apple Valley asked: Why are potato chip bags so full of air? Frito-Lay, the largest of the chip makers, says the following: "Our chips are packaged by weight depending on bag size. Prior to sealing, we add air to the bags to cushion the chips and help prevent breakage."
End Of Summer Is Prime Time For DragonfliesYou may have noticed an increase of a certain insect recently. A large number of dragonflies are common during the end of summer, and experts say this year is no exception.
Good Question: What Are Chiggers And How Do You Get Them?You hear people complain about them all the time in the summer: chigger bites. For some people, they are even worse than mosquito bites because more can attack at once and they can leave you itchy for days.
Good Question: Why Is Some Grass Greener?Every spring, as the snow begins to melt, our lawns are usually mushy with brown spots. All of us wonder when they might start to green up. Sam Bauer, a turfgrass specialist with the University of Minnesota Extension, says don't worry. He expects - with some more rain, sun, time and a little raking - most of the grass should green up later in May.
Ask A Minnesota Expert: How To Start Your Dream GardenA WCCO "Smart Gardens" expert envisions your dream garden and was kind enough to share tips for starting your own dream garden at home.
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