Also, Extension launches new soil management and health website

    On January 9, Eli Gindele assumed duties as the Extension Educator in Polk and Clearwater Counties with emphasis in Agricultural Production Systems/Home and Community Horticulture.

    I encourage farmers, homeowners, and members of our local communities to welcome Eli to the area as he starts his new duties with the U of M Extension Service.

    The two counties are continuing to support the position on a 60 percent basis, the same as when Jim Stordahl worked before his retirement last June.

    As of this writing I’m not sure what Eli’s scheduled office hours will be in McIntosh and Bagley but feel free to contact him at 218-563-2465 (McIntosh) and 218-694-6151(Bagley).

    I would encourage calling first before a visit because of the part-time nature of the position and the dual offices. You may also be able to reach him on the Extension Cell at 218-280-1129.

    I thank you for your support, visits, and calls while I worked the Interim position and encourage you to continue to utilize the resources your University of Minnesota and Counties bring to you.  I will continue on as the Interim Extension Educator for a couple of more weeks to help orientate Eli in his new position. As I leave this position, I will be focusing some of my available time,  working with landowners/producers through the Mahnomen Soil and Water Conservation District. Again thank you for your support.

U of M Extension launches new soil management and health website

    Balancing the economic and environmental benefits of soil management strategies can be a challenge.

    U of MN Extension Crops team has launched a website that offers research-based resources to help producers improve soil and crop productivity, while minimizing environmental risks. The website, Soil management and health, features articles and videos in three primary sections:

    •    Soil properties – includes descriptions of Minnesota soils and how they are formed, the importance of soil structure and the roles of organic matter and soil biology in building structure.

    •    Tillage and soil management – includes resources for reducing soil compaction and erosion, managing crop residue, and evaluating tillage systems.

    •    Cover crops – includes discussions on the benefits of cover crops and resources for selecting, establishing and maintaining them.

    •    Soil fertility - provides a direct link to the U of M Extension Nutrient management website, which houses current crop fertilizer suggestions and data from the University of Minnesota.

    The website also includes presentations, an A to Z library to find topics more easily, and links to other University soil websites.

    Visit the new Soil management and health website at z.umn.edu/soil.