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 By Jeff Gale    Features    January 30, 2023 

Field and Garden: December's snow and February's meetings

More than a month has passed since bad weather forced many of us to adjust our plans to celebrate Christmas. The snow piles that surround us are a daily reminder of the challenging conditions that we...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    January 16, 2023

Field and Garden: Do you have a succession plan in place?

My mother-in-law moved into assisted living about ten years ago. The move required significant downsizing. That’s never an easy task. So many memories are associated with certain pieces of furniture...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    January 2, 2023

Field and Garden: Winter weather and upcoming programs

I asked friends at the Carrington Senior Citizen Center if they had ever experienced a four-day-long snowstorm like the one we had Dec. 13 – 16. “Yes,” one person answered, “but never this...

 

Junior beef producer webinar and wild poinsettias

Last summer I worked with several Extension staff to offer a program called “Junior Beef Producer” to teenagers interested in the livestock industry. The day-long program provided young cattle...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    December 5, 2022

Field and Garden: Gift ideas for gardeners and others, too

“You gave this to me one Christmas,” said my mom, pointing toward a terra cotta flower pot wrapped in woven wicker. “Do you remember?” she asked. More than 40 years have passed, but yes, I...

 

Field and Garden: 4-H promotes positive youth development

The onlookers held their breath and watched as the marble spiraled toward the opening at the bottom of the funnel. It was the first step in a chain-reaction machine built by five Foster County...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    November 7, 2022

Field and Garden: Fall harvest nearly complete in Foster Co.

Combines were moving through the fields of Foster County throughout October and into early November. Soybeans were harvested first, and then the attention turned to corn. Some farmers had to wait for...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    October 24, 2022

Field and Garden: Apply now for NDSU's Master Gardener Program

Perhaps you saw the announcement that NDSU Extension will offer the Master Gardener Program again this winter. If the possibility of becoming a certified Master Gardener interests you, don’t wait...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    October 10, 2022

Field and Garden: Harvest underway as mostly dry weather persists

This summer (June – August) was the 14th driest on record in Foster County, and the dry weather has continued into fall. The NDAWN stations near Carrington and McHenry received 0.6 and 0.7 inches...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    October 3, 2022

Field and Garden: Winterizing trees and ripening tomatoes

Our trees and shrubs need some care as winter approaches. If conditions remain dry, then it’s recommended to thoroughly water evergreens before the ground freezes. By filling the needles with...

 

Field and Garden: Beekeeper uses grant to boost honey industry

Highly productive. Disease resistant. Cold tolerant. This may sound like a description of a new corn variety, but it’s not. It’s actually a list of desirable traits that Jamestown resident Megan...

 

Field and Garden: Boxelder bugs are on the move again

I was outside watering last week when a crowd of small, red insects scattered in all directions from the base of one plant. I quickly recognized the insects to be immature boxelder bugs. It is a sign...

 

Field and Garden: Rain boosts harvest hopes in parts of county

Rainfall amounts varied significantly across Foster County during August. A series of weather systems brought as much as 1.5 inches of rain to parts of the county during the middle part of the month....

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    August 29, 2022

Field and Garden: Now is the time to deal with dandelions

Drive by my house and you’re likely to say to yourself, “There’s a lawn that has some issues.” Dandelions, thistles and a host of other weed species have gained a large foothold in my yard....

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    August 22, 2022

Field and Garden: Beef workshop fostered interest among youth

“I liked how hands-on all the sessions were and how all the Extension staff were willing to work with us.” That was the comment of a participant in the Junior Beef Producers Workshop, recently...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    August 15, 2022

Field and Garden: August rains make good beans and corn, too

“Our crops look really good.” That was the positive report of one Foster County producer at the end of July. “Our corn has tasseled,” the man continued. “I always say if that happens before...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    August 8, 2022

Field and Garden: August rains make good beans and corn, too

“Our crops look really good.” That was the positive report of one Foster County producer at the end of July. “Our corn has tasseled,” the man continued. “I always say if that happens before...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    August 1, 2022

Field and Garden: Earthworm mounds, roseslug sawfly, hollyhocks

Last week I noticed potatoes blooming in some of the community garden plots. The next four to six weeks are critical to prevent the development of potato scab, the most common disease affecting...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    July 25, 2022

Field and Garden: Spring rains fuel excellent grass production

I was walking through chest-high grass in a pasture last week, heading towards a dugout that I’m monitoring for livestock water quality. I heard a small splash as my foot hit the ground. Just a...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    July 18, 2022

Field and Garden: Corn earworms, tree suckers and dry lawns

The NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab is a tremendous resource that relatively few people know about. The lab has been serving North Dakotans for more than 40 years, helping to identify pest and disease probl...

 
 By Jeff Gale    News    July 11, 2022

Foster County crop report, upcoming events

Thank you to many volunteers whose efforts made the 2022 Foster County Fair a success. A total of 126 4-H’ers, including 37 Cloverbuds, exhibited projects at the fair. The exhibits included 373...

 
 By Jeff Gale    News    July 4, 2022

Haskap, aronia offer possibilities to gardeners

My wife and I recently spent a wonderful evening enjoying pie and ice cream with a group of friends. While we were together, I had my first opportunity to taste haskap and aronia berries. I understand...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    June 27, 2022

Field and Garden: Abundant moisture, all eyes on thermometer

The Carrington REC received 11.9 inches of precipitation between April 1 and June 20. That is 6 inches above normal. McHenry received even more rain, 14.9 inches, during the same period. That amount...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    June 20, 2022

Waterlogged soil, flower fertilizer and tulip foliage

The community garden project is taking shape, despite the challenges of wet weather. Twelve gardeners signed up for the 10-by-20-foot plots this spring. Some of the applicants didn’t have suitable...

 
 By Jeff Gale    Features    June 13, 2022

Field and Garden: Rain slows planting progress

“The worst planting conditions of my lifetime.” That’s how one Foster County resident recently described the past two months. “What about the spring of 2020?” I asked. “We had corn in the...

 

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