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USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) reminds producers to report prevented planting and failed acres in order to establish or retain FSA program eligibility for some programs. Producers should report crop acreage they intended to plant, but due to natural disaster, were prevented from planting. Prevented...
George Bonnema
Okay, a rain day (Monday) so I don’t feel guilty not working outside. This weekend I did manage to get all five of my gardens tilled and planted a lot of the cool season crops: broccoli, cabbage, cauliflower, kohlrabi, Brussels sprouts, kale, romaine lettuce and radishes.  I hope to get all of the...
Western Rock County farmer Matt Sorenson plants soybeans in a field along Highway 23 Saturday, May 13. He's among hundres of area crop producers who took advantage of a long string of mild weather last week to finish spring planting. According to this week's state crop progress report, local...
When we finally get to the month of March, I feel like the worst of winter is behind us. Thus a few days of 60-degree weather has been invigorating, not only to me but also to the pussy willows. I’ve never had them break bud this early. That means that a good share of the snow has melted, so I’m...
George Bonnema
As we transition from winter to spring, we have to anticipate some variability in our weather and temperatures.  A couple of really warm days and some folks are ready to plant potatoes. But the calendar is a better indicator than our emotions.  None of us has the crystal ball, but the law of...
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