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Farm, Garden & Outdoors calendar published Nov. 27, 2021

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

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Outdoors

S ibley 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 www.dnr.state.mn.us .

Muzzleloader hunt: Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 27-28, Sibley State Park will be closed to all visitors for a special muzzleloader deer hunt to prevent overpopulation of deer and to protect resources.

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 .

  • Thanksgiving weekend: Free gear rental from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 27, fat tire bikes (and possibly kicksleds)..

Farming

Fair Farm Rental Agreement: Nov. 30, 9:30 a.m., Mid-Central Research & Outreach Center, 1802 18th St. NE, Willmar — masks are required at this location — University of Minnesota Extension free program for landlords, farmers and agri-business professionals. Farm land rental rates are the largest input cost the farmer has. Determining a fair farm rent agreement is always challenging, and negotiating a fair rental agreement that satisfies the landowner and the farmer is a challenge. David Bau and Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Educators in Ag Business Management, will provide several ways — by examples, factsheets and worksheets — to determine a fair farm land rental rate for both parties. The meeting will also be available by Zoom ( https://z.umn.edu/LandRentWillmarCo ) at 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. on Jan. 13.

S uicide Prevention: 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 .

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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 crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held over Zoom from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 5 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 z.umn.edu/strategic-farming for the entire program series. Sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later.

The date, subject and leaders for each session are:

  • Jan. 5: Crop fertility adjustments; Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist, and Brad Carlson, Extension educator water resources.
  • Jan. 12: The year when past indiscretions were revealed (think compaction); Aaron Daigh, North Dakota State University, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator water quality.
  • Jan. 19: Compare and contrast: Management of corn for grain and silage; Joe Lauer, University of Wisconsin-Madison corn agronomist, and Luiz Ferrraretto, UW-Madison ruminant nutritionist.
  • Jan. 26: New findings with sulfur fertility; U of M nutrient management specialists and researchers.
  • Feb. 2: Strategies for effective weed management in 2022, U of M weed scientists and researchers.
  • Feb. 9: Cover crops: Termination timing and planting green; Axel Garcia y Garcia, sustainable cropping systems specialist, and Anna Cates, state soil health specialist.
  • Feb. 16: Tar spot of corn: Status and options for this rising issue; Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist, and Nathan Kleczewski, plant pathologist, GROWMARK Inc.
  • Feb. 23: Small grains management update; Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist.
  • March 2: Soybean gall midge: Knowns and unknowns; Bruce Potter, Extension integrated pest management specialist, Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist, and Gloria Melotto, graduate research assistant.
  • March 9: Getting ready for corn insects in 2022; Bruce Potter, Extension integrated pest management specialist.
  • March 16: Can we store C in a production ag system (and to what benefit)?; Anna Cates, state soil health specialist, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator water quality.
  • March 23: Biocontrol strategies to manage pests; George Heimpel, Extension entomologist.
  • March 30: Taming your fertility and soil amendment input costs; U of M Extension nutrient management specialists and researchers.
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Dr. William F. "Billy" Holland Jr. is an ordained minister, community chaplain and author of the "Living on Purpose" faith column. He lives in central Kentucky with his wife, Cheryl.
Events and classes scheduled in the outdoors, gardening and farming. Submit your event at news@wctrib.com by noon on Tuesday.
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