Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Dec. 14, 2019

Round hay bales in a field


Fair farm rental informational meetings: According to the most recent University of Minnesota figures , statewide rental rates for farmland declined 1.6% between 2017 and 2018, putting pressure on landlords’ bottom lines. At the same time, commodity prices for corn and soybean have plummeted, making farmland rental costs an important factor for farmers and their profit margins.

The University of Minnesota Extension has scheduled a series of land rent workshops to help farmers and landowners make decisions about farmland rental rates for the 2020 growing season.

One meeting is still set for the area:

Willmar: Jan. 29, 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m., Mid Central Research and Outreach Center

2019 Conservation Tillage Conference: Dec. 17-18, Holiday Inn Conference Center, St. Cloud.


2020 Crop Management Input: Dec. 19, Hutchinson Event Center


The Nutritional World of Dried Edible Beans: Jan. 15, noon to 1 p.m., AgCountry Auditorium, University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center, 46352 State Hwy. 329 in Morris. Sara Thronsedt, West Otter Tail Master Gardener, will cover the history of edible beans, talk about the nutritional value of dried edible peas, beans and lentils, and how to grow them. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711.


Kids Archery League: Open to youth in grades 2-12; 300-round, handicapped scoring; minimum 6 scores required. Fee of $40 for nine Sunday afternoons from Jan. 12 to March 15 at the Little Crow Archers indoor range in downtown Willmar

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 or phone 320-214-4341.
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