Strategic Agriculture: Field Notes: Wednesdays at 8 a.m. Free 30-minute webinar on Zoom University of Minnesota Extension for Farmers and Agriculture Professionals. Register for live sessions at
. The program will include a live webinar with an interactive discussion with attendees, addressing in-season cultivation issues as they arise. Weekly topics will be announced the week of the program, maintaining the flexibility to react to issues that arise in 2022. For those unable to attend live, the discussion-based series will be released immediately following the webinar on podcast-streaming. Subscribe to iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify or Google podcasts.
Central Minnesota Dairy Field Day: Aug. 16, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Janski Farm, 3731 200th St., St. Augusta. The University of Minnesota outreach event will focus on dairy management and forage production for central Minnesota farms. It will highlight the use of robots on the farm, forage management and the use of cover crops on the land and in the ration of dairy cows. Lunch will be served at 1 p.m. Register for dinner at
or by calling Dana Adams at 320-204-2968.
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Cover crop day: August 18, 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., free, Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton. “Getting Ready to Succeed” is for farmers and those who work with farmers, with or without cover crop experience, and anyone else who wants to learn more about cover crops. The field trip will begin at 9:00 a.m., rain or shine. Register before August 12 to guarantee a meal at the
. Later registrations and walk-ins are welcome, but timely registration is required to reserve a meal.
Prescribed grazing day: Aug. 25, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Greg and Rebecca Symanietz Family Farm, near Avon. The day will focus on forage species, fencing techniques, grazing/cost sharing programs and calculating forage rations for those wishing to implement prescribed grazing on their operation. A walk in the mountain pasture will follow several presentations. Lunch is available to those registered before August 18 on the Stearns County Soil and Water Conservation District website at
or by calling the office at 320-251-7800 ext.3.
Beginnings of the farm: September 1 is the deadline for applications for the Farm Beginnings course, which will run in an online setting from November to March 2023 with on-farm educational events to follow later in 2023. The training session helps beginning farmers clarify their goals and strengths, establish a solid business plan and begin building their operation. It is designed for new and potential farmers who want to plan a profitable farming business. The cost of the course is $1,000, which covers up to two people per farm – discounts for applications received by August 1 and scholarships available. More information and registration on the Land Stewardship Project website at
or email Annelie Livingston-Anderson at [email protected]
Dykstra: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark every day from July 5 until frost. Voluntary donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.
Hands on Hort: Sept. 10, 1-4 p.m., Horticulture Display Garden, University of Minnesota West Central Research & Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 to Morris. Practical demonstrations on all things gardening. Space is limited; advance registration required by contacting Heidi Olson-Manska at 320-589-1711 or [email protected] More information online at
Sibley State Park: A vehicle permit is required to enter the park and is available online. Sibley State Park is west of New London, just off US Highway 71. For more information, visit the State Department of Natural Resources website at
- Fauna of wetlands: August 11, 1 to 2 p.m., meet at the Interpretation Centre. Learn why wetlands are important to our ecosystem and how to group animals into their classes such as mammals, reptiles and birds on a guided tour around the Pondview Interpretive Trail Loop, which measures 0. 7 mile and is stroller friendly. Sunscreen, insect repellent and plenty of water are recommended.
- The bears who built Sibley: August 12, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., meet at the Interpretation Center amphitheater. Learn about the Veterans Conservation Corps, the work they did, and their buildings that you see in the park today. He will talk about the beginning of the Conservation Corps in 1935 until its end in the park in 1938.
- I can fish! : August 13, 10 a.m. to noon, meet at the Lake Andrew fishing pier near the swimming beach. The hands-on program teaches all the basics, from fish identification to casting. Fishing licenses are not required for the program. Advance registration is required, and more information can also be found, at
- Minnesota Mammals: August 14, 12-2 p.m. Stop at the Interpretive Center to learn about Minnesota’s incredible mammals, including a few you might find around the park, what habitat they call home, some of their foods favorites and some fun facts about each mammal. This program is ideal for children as there is no fixed residence time. Suitable for strollers and wheelchairs.
Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Spicer Rural Center trails can be used during daylight hours at no charge. A bathroom with composting toilet is open by the pavilion. Pets must be kept on a leash. All equipment rentals (thick tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be by reservation, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call before Friday noon. Equipment rental for two hours is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894.
- Canoeing and archery: August 6, 9 a.m. to noon, $20 per session, 4th grade and up. After a lesson in canoe skills and safety, you’ll head out above the water to spot wildlife in the wetlands, then learn the basics of Olympic-style target archery.