Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published March 19, 2022

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

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Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops webinar series. This free, live, online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize your crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held over Zoom from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays through March 30. Sessions will begin with a brief presentation by the discussion leaders for the day, followed by discussion framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic. Register at for the entire program series. Sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later. The last two sessions are:

  • March 23: Biocontrol strategies to manage pests; George Heimpel, Extension entomologist.
  • March 30: Taming your fertility and soil amendment input costs; University of Minnesota Extension Nutrient management specialists and researchers.

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

Farmland rental rates: Virtual sessions on fair farm rental rates were held across the state in January and February. A recorded video from the sessions can be found at . The majority of the materials presented at the workshops can be found at: .

Farm Resource Guide: The 2022 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, Extension Educator, by email at or phone at 507-372-3900 , ext. 3906, and specify format. Email cost is $25; CD cost is $29; and a hard copy costs $31.


Meeker County Gardener’s Gala: March 24, 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., Church of St. Philip, Litchfield, the University of Minnesota Extension Master Gardeners of Meeker County and the Meeker County Horticulture Society annual educational evening with speakers and vendors. Carrie Larson will speak on “New and exciting annuals for 2022” and Ryan Schwab on “Lawn care during and after drought conditions.” For more information, call the Extension Office at 320-693-5275 . Tickets are $15 after March 14, online at or mail check payable to Meeker County Extension, Meeker County Fairgrounds, 1230 Armstrong Ave., Litchfield, MN 55355. Due to the changing COVID-19 situation, participants will be kept informed of mask or vaccination restrictions as the event approaches through social media at and email.


Gardening for the Health of It: The Olmsted County Extension Master Gardener volunteers spring gardening seminar will be a series of weekly Zoom sessions, with a cost of $15 per session. There will be 10 classes between Feb. 15 and March 24. Topics include alternative gardening ideas, gardening with nature, bees and pollination, shade gardening, photographing gardens, tree and shrub care, beneficial insects, healing power of gardening, heirloom varieties and urban water and soil conservation. Register and pay fee at

"Prairie Yard and Garden": The 35th season is now on Pioneer PBS. All the shows will be available for online viewing at after the original showing.

  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 24, and repeats 4 p.m. Saturday, March 26, and 1 p.m. Monday, March 28. Host Mary Holm visits Minnesota Native Landscapes in Otsego to see how the company produces and installs native plants for hundreds of projects each year to see how they benefit the environment and our pollinators too.
  • 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 31, and repeats 4 p.m. Saturday, April 2, and 1 p.m. Monday, April 4. Host Mary Holm talks with Jane Pederson-Jandl and Emily Ford about the history of Glensheen Mansion and its importance to the history of Duluth, plus the vegetable and flower gardens of Glensheen.


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. 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. 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. Two-hour equipment rental is $20 for adults, $10 for members and $5 for all youth. Call 320-354-5894 .

"Prairie Sportsman": The 13th season is now on Pioneer PBS. All the shows will be available for online viewing at after the original showing.

  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 20, and repeats at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 21, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26. Join host Bret Amundson for “Trekking the Wilderness” as he joins Peta Barrett, founder of Women’s Wilderness Discovery in Ely, as she leads a workshop on making Ojibwe-style snowshoes.
  • 7:30 p.m. Sunday, March 27, and repeats at 12:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 2. Join host Bret Amundson for “Life on Lac qui Parle” for Ice fishing on Lac qui Parle Lake, the historic Milan Beach Resort and otters return to the Minnesota River Valley.
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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