Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published March 13, 2021

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

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2021 wetland restoration: The Minnesota Board of Water and Soil Resources has announced a conservation easement sign-up period through April 7. The goal is to generate wetland credits in specific Wetland Bank Service Areas throughout the state for the Local Government Road Wetland Replacement Program. The program was formed to ensure road reconstruction and other road maintenance projects provide wetland mitigation for affected wetlands. Renville County is in a bank service area that is in need of generating credits. The Board of Water and Soil Resources will be paying a predetermined amount for cropland and non-cropland. It looking for marginal cropland that has significant drainage infrastructure that can be restored and have a functional benefit for the watershed. Fifty percent or more of the area must be restorable. For more information, contact Kyle Richter at the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District at 320-523-1550 .

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 .

Beef Quality Assurance certification: Seven workshops to choose from in February and March, free, online via Zoom by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Beef Council. Advance registration required, codes at . BQA certification is being required by many major industry buyers and processors. It is still voluntary for producers to complete; however, when a producer does not have current BQA certification, the result is that many packers and feedlots simply cannot purchase those cattle because their company cannot source cattle from a producer who does not meet their certification requirements. If unable to attend a scheduled Zoom session, earn free certification online, anytime, at www.BQA.or g .

Local work group meeting: March 15, 1 to 3 p.m., Renville County Government Center, Olivia. The group provides a forum for partners, farmers, agribusiness, conservation groups and local community members to share conservation activities and discuss natural resource problems and concerns that should be prioritized. The group assists in guiding the Natural Resources Conservation Service in targeting farm bill funds for technical and financial assistance in Renville County in the future. For more information, contact the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District at or by phone 320-523-1550 .

F arm safety webinar series: Thursdays, 11 a.m., free, choose any or all to attend. Register in advance at , presented by Emily Krekelberg, University of Minnesota Extension, and Angie Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension. March 18 topic is mental health.


Turkey farmers technology sessions: March 23-25, various locations. Minnesota Turkey Growers Association hosts meetings on technology in the Minnesota turkey industry for all association members and their farm employees. They will feature speakers from three innovators — Turkey Trac, Transport Genie and General Probiotics. The meetings are from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. and include lunch. March 23 at the Spitfire Grill in Detroit Lakes, March 24 at the American Legion in Paynesville and March 25 at the Wooden Nickel in Marshall. Space is limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, Make your reservation for a location with the MTGA office at 763-682-2171 or .

Pesticide applicator testing: April 24, 8:30 a.m. to noon, Renville County Government Service Center in Olivia, conducted by the Renville County Soil and Water Conservation District. Review the Minnesota Department of Ag website for testing requirements or call Ethan Dahl at 320-523-1550 , ext. 101, or by email at with any questions. The website is .

Poultry Health Management School: May 24-25, online, register at . Participants will learn about poultry housing and management in this intensive training course for poultry producers, farm employees and other poultry professionals. Typically, the number of students allowed is limited. However, this year it will be offered to anyone who wishes to participate due to the virtual structure. Fee is $300, each attendee will receive the most recent American Association of Avian Pathologists Avian Disease Manual, an instruction guide and other educational tools. For questions, contact Rebecca Groos at or call 763-682-2171 .

Farm Resource Guide: The 2021 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, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, by email at or phone at 507-372-3900 ext. 3906, and specify format. Email cost is $25; CD cost is $29; hard copy cost is $31.

Beef calving webinar: The February series hosted by the University of Minnesota Extension covered different aspects of calving on a beef cattle operation. Recordings of all the sessions are available, contact Brenda Miller at .


Integrated pest management for vegetables: March 17, noon to 1 p.m., online by the University of Minnesota’s West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris. Learn how to garden with ecology in mind. Natalie Hoidal, University of Minnesota Extension Educator, will talk about how integrated pest management applies to gardeners, and how it can be used to manage insects and diseases effectively and responsibly. This “Come Grow with Us” class is free, but donations are accepted. For more information, call 320-589-1711 .

“Prairie Yard and Garden”: 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 18, and repeats 4 p.m. Saturday, March 20, and 1 p.m. Monday, March 22, on Pioneer PBS. Host Mary Holm and Teresa Peterson of rural Belview talk about the rich Native American gardening heritage and traditions Peterson uses to educate the next generation of Native people.


“Prairie Sportsman”: Repeats at 7:30 p.m. Saturday on Pioneer PBS. Join host Bret Amundson for “Muskies and Living High.” Go muskie fishing at Maplewood State Park and explore "Treehouse Masters"-inspired cabins in central Minnesota.


“Prairie Sportsman”: 7:30 p.m. Sunday and repeats at 12:30 p.m. Monday and 7:30 p.m. March 20 on Pioneer PBS. Join host Bret Amundson for “Walleyes for Kids and Ginger's Legacy.” The DNR raises and stocks walleyes in small ponds near towns to give youth fishing opportunities and Ginger Homme is named Chippewa Soil and Water Conservation District Conservationist of the Year for her earth-friendly practices.

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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