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Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Aug. 21, 2021

Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at news@wctrib.com by noon on Tuesday.

Round hay bales in a field

Gardening

Dykstras: Bill and Helene Dykstra will have their garden open from noon until dark daily until frost. Freewill donations for Guatemala will be accepted. Take Kandiyohi County Road 5 south of Roseland for one mile, go east on 210th Avenue and turn south on 37th Street.

Farming

Renville County Corn & Soybean Plot Day: Sept. 8, 5 p.m., Doug Toreen farm on Renville County Road 4. Keynote speakers Al Kluis from Kluis Commodity Advisers will give a grain market update and Seth Naeve, University of Minnesota soybean extension agronomist, will address 2021 Minnesota soybean crop yield, quality and drought tolerance. For more information, call Doug Toreen at 320-579-0103 .

Adaptive Grazing Field Day: Sept. 21, 3 to 7 p.m., Voss Farms, 27725 Business 23 E., Paynesville, free. Register in advance by calling Jared Luhman at 507-271-5968 or email jared@sfa-mn.org . The Doug Voss family raises grass-fed beef, free range chickens, and has custom and seasonal grazing enterprises. Adaptive grazing, fencing, water infrastructure, bale grazing and more will be showcased at this field day. Voss is also the Grazing Lead for the Sustainable Farming Association. More soil health resources and events can be found on the SFA website at sfa-mn.org .

Suicide Prevention: Sept. 21, Oct. 19 or Dec. 16, 1 to 2:30 p.m., free, online. NAMI Minnesota (National Alliance on Mental Illness) is offering a suicide prevention class tailored to farming communities. Called QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) for Agricultural Communities, the program helps individuals learn the three steps anyone can take to help prevent a suicide. It is for members of rural and agricultural communities over the age of 16 who want to learn best practices in suicide prevention. To register, see “Classes” at namimn.org . For more information, call 651-645-2948 .

Conservation practices cost share: The Kandiyohi Soil and Water Conservation District has cost share available for structural and nonstructural conservation practices. Landowners may receive up to 75% cost share on certain practices, including pollinator plantings, field windbreaks, well sealings, cover crops, wetland restorations, sediment control structures, rain gardens and more. Call the Kandiyohi SWCD at 320-235-3540 , ext. 3.

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Cover-crop cost share: Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District and Hawk Creek Watershed Project are offering cost-share for cover crops planted between April 1 and Sept. 15. Up to 75% of costs to plant cover crops (e.g. seed, labor, equipment use, seed incorporation) with a maximum payment of $2,000 per farmer per year with a maximum of three years of cost-share through this program. To qualify for the cost-share program, you must sign a cost-share contract, use a seed mix with at least three different species pre-approved by Renville SWCD, turn in all seed tags, and pass a field inspection by a Renville SWCD employee. For more information, call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550 , ext. 101, or email ethan.dahl@mn.nacdnet.net .

Outdoors

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. Construction projects include renovation of the amphitheater near the Interpretive Center and a new trail connecting Sibley State Park to the Glacial Lakes State Trail, which requires closing of the Mt. Tom Trail this summer. The beach store is open. For more information, visit the state Department of Natural Resources website at www.dnr.state.mn.us .

Prairie Woods Environmental Learning Center: Trails at the rural Spicer center may be used during daylight hours at no cost. A bathroom with composting toilets is open by the pavilion. Pets should be on a leash. All equipment rentals (fat-tire bikes, kayaks, canoes) 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.

Special events this summer include:

  • "Music Under the Prairie Stars": Sept. 10, annual fundraiser.
Donna Middleton started working at the West Central Tribune in 1975 and has been the news assistant since 1992. She compiles the arts, health, farm and community page calendars, as well as rewrites and works on the special sections.
She can be contacted at dmiddleton@wctrib.com or phone 320-214-4341.
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