Lawn Update – May, 2014

It appears my spring lawn has finally started to look like a spring lawn once again. I have mowed three times since the last week in March and I have noticed quite a change in four weeks. At the end of March, I applied a pre-emergent to battle the annoying crabgrass that seems to appear

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Starting Your Garden using a Trellis

Ever wanted to start a garden but did not know where to start. Have you ever considered growing your garden using a trellis with your garden plot? Check out this video, Don Rosenberg gives some great tips for growing produce. Don talks about the different vegetable varieties and why you might want to consider using

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Cover Crops – Soil

Check out this video after one year of cover crops, cereal rye. The difference, visually is really noticeable. The soils with cover crops and without cover crops look completely different. It would be interesting to take this scenario a step farther and test the soil. photo credit: USDA NRCS South Dakota via photopin cc

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Soil Health – Cover Crops

Check out this story of how one Iowa Farmer is using cover crops and no-till practices to improve the overall quality and stewardship of their soil. Soil Health is getting more air-time in 2014. It is all about understanding the makeup of your soil and finding ways to maximize the nutritional benefits in the soil.

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Cellulosic Ethanol Technology

Check out this video and learn a little more about the process of producing ethanol from cellulosic materials. It is important to understand the process and see how ethanol is produced in this process. Over the next few days, you will hear a report that suggests that the cellulosic process produces more green house gasses

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Dealing With Winter Yard Kill

Have you started to get your yard ready by doing the following: Started watering your lawn Put down your first pre-emergent application Starting to kill your first, few dandelions Are you starting to see spots like those in the picture above where no grass is coming up at all. It may be due to winter

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Soil Temps Continue to Stay Low

Check out the most current soil maps and see how soil temperatures have not moved over the last few weeks. It is making for a very late spring season in 2014. Have you noticed your grass is fighting to come up. It really has to do with soil ground temperatures. Hopefully, temperatures will go up

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2014 Spring Soil Testing

This spring has seen a bumper year for soil sampling and soil testing. Many people are collecting soil samples in their yards, gardens and fields. Over the next few weeks, it appears the ground temperature will continue to get warment and hopefully temperatures will follow suit. It has been quite a winter to remember, record

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Cover Crops Explained

Cover crops are the new buzzward. Cover crops are not new, but the term is getting a lot of publicity because of its relationship with soil health. Many farmers use cover crops to add back nutrients to the soil after harvest. In addition, some cover crops like radishes can help aerate the ground to help

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Drought -Tolerant Seeds

Check out this video regarding drought tolerant corn. This might the choice of many growers to help minimize the risk of dry, drought conditions.

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