DL News Staff
May is an ideal time for birdwatchers wishing to see a wide variety of migratory birds that call Hamden Slough National Refuge near Audubon home. Wetlands are being drawn down near the refuge headquarters. Eagle Pond and Hesby Wetland are being drawn down to study waterfowl and shorebird response to changing water levels, according to refuge manager Mike Murphy. The water level survey is being conducted on 23 national wildlife refuges in cooperation with the U.S. Geological Survey. Similar studies have been conducted at East Coast national refuges.
Each year the All-America Selections organization names a handful of new flower and vegetable varieties as the top of the crop for gardeners. The 2006 AAS winners include a number of annual flowers and vegetables that should grow well in Minnesota gardens. The winning plants are selected from many new introductions that are grown at AAS trial sites around the country. These flowers and vegetables are judged to have superior garden performance. If you like purple, you're in luck this year.
Spotted knapweed is that purple colored flowering plant that is causing such a fuss here in central Minnesota. It is imperative that everyone take a serious look at how they can help to stop the spread of this aggressive weed. This means that the county, townships, Minnesota DNR, utility companies (rights of way), and commercial and private landowners must do their part in recognizing the individual responsibility needed to get the upper hand in controlling this menace. Spotted knapweed generally is a short-lived perennial, reproducing solely by seeds.
Minneapolis spring wheat, July contract; Friday $4.20 1/4; Monday $4.22 3/4; Tuesday $4.24 3/4; Wednesday $4.22 3/4; Thursday $4.22. Chicago corn, July contract; Friday $2.49; Monday $2.48; Tuesday $2.43 1/2; Wednesday $2.42 1/2; Thursday $2.39 1/4. Chicago soybeans, July contract; Friday $6.01; Monday $6.06 3/4; Tuesday $6.03; Wednesday $6.05 1/2; Thursday $6.03 3/4. Chicago live cattle, June contract; Friday $73.50; Monday $75.02; Tuesday $75.10; Wednesday $75.12; Thursday $74.20.
Beef producers at Tri-County Livestock Auction Market in Motley April 19 were hand-delivered information about how their beef checkoff dollars are invested on their behalf when the Beefmobile visited the auction barn. A brief presentation by Beefmobile wrangler Holly Branecky focused on top-line uses of checkoff funds.
There was welcome news for the U.S. dairy industry last week. The American Beverage Association is now recommending voluntary changes in the sales of soft drinks at public schools, especially at the elementary and middle school levels. Thursday, Carolyn Hudson, a registered dietitian for the Midwest Dairy Council, applauded the announcement.
For many years, soil fertility and fertilizer use trials have been conducted at many locations throughout Minnesota. Cooperation of many crop producers in letting us use small parts of their fields has been a key to successful completion of these studies. The situation has not changed for 2006. Several trials are planned and locations are needed. Some specifics for the various trials are described below. n Coating Corn Seed With Zinc: One location where the soil test for zinc is less than 0.7 ppm. Cooperating farmer will not be planting the test plots.
There is a lot of interest in planting soybeans early, but how early and not take on a lot of risk is the big question. "One of the biggest advantages of early planting is that it provides a longer planting window for attaining maximum yields," said Duane Berglund, North Dakota State University Extension Service agronomist. "University agronomists in other states have reported that the newer soybean varieties are more tolerant of adverse, early-season conditions than older varieties.
The U.S. Senate approved a $109 billion supplemental appropriations bill Thursday that includes $4 billion in ag disaster relief for 2005 problems. U.S.