Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published April 29, 2023

Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at by noon Tuesday.

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Sheep and goat parasite webinar: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 3, free online via Zoom by the University of Minnesota Extension, for farmers, 4-H’ers and ag business professionals who work with farmers. Register at The link will be emailed. Dr. Scott Bowdridge, West Virginia University, will speak on managing parasites in a sheep/goat operation. His research is focused on immune function and response to overcome parasite infection impacts. If you are unable to attend the live session, you will receive the recording via email. Any questions please contact: Brenda Miller at or Travis Hoffman at .

Strategic farming: Field Notes: Back for 2023 starting May 10 and continuing through Aug. 23. University of Minnesota Extension webinar over Zoom for farmers and ag professionals on Wednesdays, 8 a.m., free, 30-minute. The program will feature a live webinar with interactive discussion with attendees, addressing in-season cropping issues as they arise. Weekly topics will be announced on the week of the program, maintaining the flexibility to react to issues that come up in 2022.

For those unable to attend live, the discussion-based series will be recorded and available at . You need to register only once and may attend any or all of the webinars. Register at .

Session topics set in May are as follows:

  • May 10: Weather
  • May 17: Corn and soybean planting
  • May 24: Alfalfa and early season insects
  • May 31: Cover crop termination

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Ask a Master Gardener: Meeker County Extension Master Gardener Mary Thell and Emily Hansen, local Extension educator in horticulture, will lead a session Saturday, May 6, to answer your burning horticulture questions. They will be stationed at Stockmen’s Greenhouse and Garden Center in Litchfield from 9 a.m. to noon. Hansen also may be contacted with horticulture-related questions at 612-394-6302 or .


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. The Interpretive Center is open from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday-Sunday; call 320-354-2055 . 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. For trail conditions, check the website at . A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. Advance registration required for all classes. All equipment rentals 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 320-354-5894 .

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