Students to explore sciences at University on the Prairie

LAMBERTON, Minn. — For three days in July, middle school and high school students can learn about science through hands-on experiments and projects in ag/environmental science, chemistry, engineering, food science, and biology at University on the Prairie.

Hosted at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton, the program serves as a way to connect personnel from universities and professional industries, teachers from the region and research center scientists with students to guide them through hands-on exploration in the five career areas important to southwestern Minnesota.

The program is unique in the state and offers students an opportunity to see career paths that may result in a future soil scientist, pharmacist, food safety inspector, or chemist.

In its 13th year, University on the Prairie will showcase science education. Students will test hypothesis, participate in hands-on labs, and learn new skills while exploring science-based career opportunities.

University on the Prairie will be held July 15-17. For more information, contact Crystal Reith, Cottonwood County 4-H program coordinator, at 507-831-4022 or

Field day looks at weed control in organic row crops

DECORAH, Iowa — Wayne and Ryan Wangsness, of Flying W Farm, will host a field day exploring weed control in organic crop systems on Tuesday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 25 on their farm near Decorah.

The Wangsness farm is a diversified, certified organic farm that includes corn, soybeans, small grains, trees, alfalfa and laying hens.

To control problematic weeds, Wayne and Ryan have been flame-weeding for 10 years, and using an electric weeder for the last three years.

At the field day, they will share their experience with these two weeding tools and explain how they can be used to manage challenging weeds such as those that grow within the crop row, where management options are limited.

“Controlling Weeds in the Row for Organic Crops” is free and will include a lunch provided by Iowa Farm Bureau Federation. RSVPs are requested for the meal by June 21.

Sign up online at, or contact Debra Boekholder at or (515) 232-5661.

Workshop covers basic of asparagus

PRESTON, Minn. — A workshop about the basics for growing and marketing asparagus will be conducted by the Sustainable Farming Association from 10 a.m. to noon July 2, at SunFresh Foods Farm, 19499 Killdeer Road, Preston.

SFA is encouraging the production and marketing of Minnesota-grown asparagus because it is a high-value, early season perennial that can be grown on a small acreage and complements soil health practices.

Workshop participants will learn how to start growing asparagus with lessons on site and variety selection, pest control, soil preparation, soil health, planting tips, cover crops, harvest and maintenance.

This workshop is free for SFA members and $10 for nonmembers. Lunch is included.

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