Farm, Garden and Outdoor Calendar Released March 12, 2022 – West Central Tribune

Cattle genetic selection: A The University of Minnesota Extension’s free beef webinar series, “Genetic Selection with a Vision – An Integrated Approach to Creating Profitability and Opportunity for Every Type of Beef Cattle Producer,” will be offered via Zoom from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. on Monday evening, February 1. 21-March 14. Advance registration is required. Register online at and receive a Zoom link once registration is complete. Recordings of all sessions will be available via email at the end of the series. For questions, please contact: Brenda Miller at The date and subject of the last session are:

  • March 14: Bull breeding exams and bull health.

Agricultural land rental rates: Virtual sessions on Fair Farm Rental Rates were held across the state in January and February. Recorded video of the sessions can be found at Most of the papers presented at the workshops can be viewed 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 or by phone at 507-372-3900, ext. 3906 and specify the format. The cost of email is $25; The cost of the CD is $29; and a hard copy costs $31.

Strategic Agriculture: Let’s talk about crops webinar series. This free, live online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help you optimize your crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held on Zoom from 9-10 a.m. Wednesdays through 30 March. The sessions will begin with a brief presentation by the day’s facilitators, followed by a discussion around questions from farmers/participants on the topic. Register at for the full suite of programs. Sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing. The last three sessions are:

  • March 16: Can we store C in a production farming system (and for what benefit)? ; Anna Cates, State Soil Health Specialist, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Water Quality Extension Educator.
  • March 23: Biological control strategies to manage pests; George Heimpel, extension entomologist.
  • March 30: Control your costs of fertility inputs and soil amendment; Nutrient management specialists and researchers from the University of Minnesota Extension.

Testing pesticide applicators: April 8, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District Office in Olivia. Check the Minnesota Department of Agriculture website for testing requirements or call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550, ext. 101 or email him at with any questions. The website is

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

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 17 and rehearsal at 4 p.m. Saturday, March 19 and 1 p.m. Monday, March 21. Host Mary Holm visits Steve Poppe about the history and development of horticultural gardens at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris as they look forward to the 50th anniversary of Horticulture Night in July.
  • 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, March 24 and repeats at 4 p.m. on Saturday, March 26 and 1 p.m. on Monday, March 28. Host Mary Holm visits Minnesota Native Landscapes in Otsego to see how the company produces and installs native plants for hundreds of projects each year to see how they benefit the environment and our pollinators too.

Gardening for health: The Olmsted County Master Gardener Extension Volunteer Spring Gardening Seminar will consist of a series of weekly Zoom sessions, at a cost of $15 per session. There will be 10 classes between February 15 and March 24. Topics include alternative gardening ideas, gardening with nature, bees and pollination, shade gardening, garden photography, tree and shrub care, beneficial insects, the healing power of gardening, heirloom and urban varieties soil and water conservation. Register and pay the fee at

Meeker County Gardeners Gala: March 24, 5:30-8:30 p.m., St. Philip’s Church, Litchfield, University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Meeker County and the Meeker County Horticulture Society’s Annual Educational Night with speakers and vendors. Carrie Larson will speak on “Exciting Annual News for 2022” and Ryan Schwab on “Lawn Care During and After Drought Conditions.” For more information, call the extension office at 320-693-5275. Tickets are $10 in advance before March 14 or $15 after March 14, online at or by mailed check payable to Meeker County Extension, Meeker County Fairgrounds, 1230 Armstrong Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355. Due to the changing COVID-19 situation, attendees will be kept informed of mask or vaccination restrictions closer to the event via social media at and by e -mail.

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

  • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 20 and repeats at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 21 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, March 26. Join host Bret Amundson for ‘Trekking the Wilderness’ as he joins Peta Barrett, founder of Women’s Wilderness Discovery in Ely, as she leads a workshop on Ojibwe-style snowshoe making.
  • 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, March 27 and rehearsal at 12:30 p.m. on Monday, March 28 and at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 2. Lake, historic Milan Beach Resort and otters return to the Minnesota River Valley.

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 www.dnr.

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.

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