Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published March 5, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Erin Browne

Beef genetics selection: A free beef webinar series from the University of Minnesota Extension, “Genetic selection with a vision — An integrated approach to creating profitability and opportunities for every type of beef cattle producer,” will be offered via Zoom from 8 to 9 p.m. Monday nights, Feb. 21-March 14. Advance registration is required. Register online at

and receive a Zoom link after registration is completed. Recordings for all the sessions will be available via email at the end of the series. Any questions please contact: Brenda Miller at

[email protected]

. The date and subject for each remaining session are:

  • March 7: Raising versus purchasing replacement heifers.
  • March 14: Bull breeding soundness exams and bull health.

Farmland rental rates: Virtual sessions on fair farm rental rates were held across the state in January and February. A recorded video from the sessions can be found at

. The majority of the materials presented at the workshops can be found at:


Farm Resource Guide: The 2022 guide is now available at many University of Minnesota Extension county offices across the state. It includes a wide variety of useful farm business management information and is available for a fee plus sales tax and postage, if mailed. Order from Dave Bau, Extension Educator, by email at

[email protected]

or phone at


, ext. 3906, and specify format. Email cost is $25; CD cost is $29; and a hard copy costs $31.

Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops webinar series. This free, live, online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize your crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held over Zoom from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays through March 30. Sessions will begin with a brief presentation by the discussion leaders for the day, followed by discussion framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic. Register at

for the entire program series. Sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later. The next remaining sessions are:

  • March 2: Soybean gall midge: Knowns and unknowns; Bruce Potter, Extension integrated pest management specialist; Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist; and Gloria Melotto, graduate research assistant.
  • March 9: Getting ready for corn insects in 2022; Bruce Potter, Extension integrated pest management specialist.
  • March 16: Can we store C in a production ag system (and to what benefit)?; Anna Cates, state soil health specialist, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator in water quality.
  • March 23: Biocontrol strategies to manage pests; George Heimpel, Extension entomologist.
  • March 30: Taming your fertility and soil amendment input costs; University of Minnesota Extension Nutrient management specialists and researchers.

Pesticide applicator testing: April 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District office in Olivia. Review the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website for testing requirements or call Ethan Dahl at


, ext. 101 or email him at

[email protected]

with any questions. The website is


“Prairie Yard and Garden”: The 35th season is now on Pioneer PBS. All the shows will be available for online viewing at

after the original showing.

  • 7 p.m. March 10 special. Learn from Mary and Tom Holm about the basics of building containers for flowers and vegetables and see how nursery pros and the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum staff created their stunning based displays.
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17, and repeats 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19, and 1 p.m. Monday, March 21. Host Mary Holm visits with Steve Poppe about the history and development of the Horticulture Gardens at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris as they look forward to the 50th anniversary of Horticulture Night in July.

Gardening for the Health of It: The Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener volunteers spring gardening seminar will be a series of weekly Zoom sessions, with a cost of $15 per session. There will be 10 classes between Feb. 15 and March 24. Topics include alternative gardening ideas, gardening with nature, bees and pollination, shade gardening, photographing gardens, tree and shrub care, beneficial insects, healing power of gardening, heirloom varieties and urban water and soil conservation. Register and pay fee at

Meeker County Gardener’s Gala: March 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Church of St. Philip, Litchfield, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Meeker County and the Meeker County Horticulture Society annual educational evening with speakers and vendors. Carrie Larson will speak on “New and exciting annuals for 2022” and Ryan Schwab on “Lawn care during and after drought conditions.” For more information, call the Extension Office at


. Tickets are $10 in advance by March 14 or $15 after March 14, online at

or mail check payable to Meeker County Extension, Meeker County Fairgrounds, 1230 Armstrong Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355. Due to the changing COVID-19 situation, participants will be kept informed of mask or vaccination restrictions as the event approaches through social media at

and email.

“Prairie Sportsman”: The 13th season is now on Pioneer PBS. All the shows will be available for online viewing at

after the original showing.

  • 6:30 p.m. March 6. Join host Bret Amundson for “Prairie Sportsman Showcase Special” as he presents Prairie Sportsman Upper Midwest Emmy nominated and awarded stories featuring pollinator friendly solar farms, world-renowned wolf researcher Dave Mech, Nobles County Pheasants Forever award-winning habitat restoration efforts and annual veterans hunt, twin girls competing in the Beargrease Sled Dog Marathon and the first woman to thru-hike the Ice Age Trail in the winter.

Hawk Creek Watershed Project: The 20th annual meeting will be from 9 a.m. to noon March 9 at the Renville Community Center. Presenters include Pete Boulay, climatologist with the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources State Climatology Office. Boulay will discuss the weather and climate and their effects on farming, cities, and the landscape. Dr. Todd Peterson, water quality partnership specialist with the Sand County Foundation, will present on new practices that can be adopted by farmers to improve crop production, while also reducing the impacts of agriculture on the environment. Heidi Rauenhorst, Hawk Creek Watershed Project coordinator, will commemorate the 25th anniversary of the organization, sharing best management practices projects, work on water quality monitoring and aquatic invasive species, and other accomplishments. The full agenda is available at

. Lunch RSVPs closed March 2.

Pheasants Forever: April 9, 5 p.m., Willmar Convention Center. The 39th annual Kandiyohi County Pheasants Forever chapter banquet, with social hour at 5 p.m. and dinner at 7:15 p.m. Tickets available on the website at

. Early bird registration ends March 26.

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 U.S. Highway 71. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at


Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Trails at the rural Spicer center may be used during daylight hours at no cost. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) will be handled on a reservation basis, made at least 24 hours in advance. To reserve equipment for the weekend, please call by noon Friday. Two-hour equipment rental is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call



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