Prepare for boxelder bugs

By Karen Johnson, U of M Extension As the weather begins to cool, several insects begin searching for a place to overwinter. Some insects, including the boxelder bug and lady beetles, become a nuisance as they decide to move into our homes. Now is the time to prepare to help minimize the problem later. Adult boxelder…

UMN’s tiniest livestock

By Dana Adams, U of M Extension When many of us think of autumn, we think of leaves changing, cooler weather, and everything covered in pumpkin spice. Few remember to ask “but what about the bees?” How do honeybees fuel up for the chilly weather ahead, and what can any Minnesota resident do to help them…

Preparing for fall lawn care

By Katie Winslow, U of M Extension The rain over the past week has helped to green up many of the lawns that had gone dormant over our summer heat and drought. As we head into September, it is time to start thinking about our fall lawn care. This year, perhaps more than ever, what…

Become an Extension Master Gardener

By Katie Drewitz, U of M Extension Do you have an active interest in gardening? Do you have a desire to share your gardening interest with others? Are you willing to learn more about gardening and other horticultural topics? Are you able to communicate with groups of people? If you answered yes to any of these…

Changes to Minnesota Cottage Food Law now in effect

MDA reminds Cottage Food Producers to note updates to the Law The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is notifying Minnesotans that changes to the Cottage Food Law went into effect Sunday, Aug. 1, 2021. Key changes to the law include: • Registered Cottage Food Producers can now make and sell pet treats (dogs and cats only),…

Ending of federal eviction moratorium does not affect Minnesotans

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) eviction moratorium was slated to end on Saturday, July 31, potentially affecting thousands of American renters behind on their rent – but not Minnesota renters. With legislative action last month, Minnesota has broader and longer renter protections than the ended CDC eviction moratorium. Minnesota renters who are…

Spotted wing drosophila

By Emily Popp, U of M Extension Intern With raspberries ripening, gardeners become excited to eat their favorite jam, dessert, or raspberries by the handful. Of course, with such an amazing tasting fruit we aren’t the only ones who enjoy raspberries. Spotted wing drosophila (SWD) (Drosophila Suzuki) also enjoy feeding on such fruit. Spotted wing…

Apple scab in apples and crabapples

By Katherine Gathje, U of M Interim Extension Educator Apple scab is the most common disease among apple trees in many states. It is caused by a fungus that affects the appearance of the leaves and fruit. Here are some ways to identify apple scab and manage the disease. Apple scab creates noticeable spotting on…

Protecting your private well during drought

By Anne Nelson, Extension educator, water resources Approximately 75 percent of Minnesotans use groundwater as a drinking water source, and almost all water used for agricultural irrigation comes from groundwater. During times of drought, it is even more important to be conscious of water use and maintenance of your well and equipment. Groundwater levels in…

Caring for trees in dry weather

By Matt Russell, Extension Forestry Specialist As of July 1, 2021, approximately 80% of Minnesota is experiencing at least a moderate drought. Severe drought conditions are prevalent in several western and southern Minnesota counties. Coupled with the month of June 2021 being the second hottest on record in Minnesota, trees are facing difficult conditions to…