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:. r ! EL TRIBUNE A g Focus Wednesday, July 16, 2003 Page 11 camp in Walnut Grove II stands by the deteriorating steps of his home. He expressed appre- for the workcamp volunteers who would be replacing those steps and making repairs to his home on the north side of Walnut Grove. Tire Service changes hands v ng each group joined hands as one of the Olunteers prayed for the project that group would brking on. This group is outside the William Pfarr ce in Walnut Grove and their assignment was to new steps over the existing cement ones. Mrs. William Pfarr look out their front door as a  Workcamp team gets ready to build wooden OVer the cement ones shown in the picture. se of mobility challenges, William has a difficult ",vlqating the distance from his front door to the Ster). Last week Terry and Kathy Filter took over the Walnut Grove Tire Service as of July 11th. The business is open six days a week. Above Jared Mass and Terry Filter. EQIP deadline August 1st By Wayne Hansen Redwood County, Extension Agricultural producers should sign up now if they're interested in the Environmental Quality Incentive Program (EQIP), advises Gary Wyatt, regional educator with the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Applications must' be received by the close of business on Aug. 1, 2003. Some $14.5 million has been allocated by the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) for Minnesota agri- cultural producers to implement natural resources conservation practices through EQIR This . is a significant increase in funding over previous years. Payments are made where there are positive environmental benefits from an existing condition. They are not authorized for existing, in-place practices. This year the EQIP cost share is 50 percent. A few of the EQIP pro- grams pay producers a per acre fee for adopting con- servation practices such as nutrient management, pest management and crop rota- tions. Examples include: --Conservation crop rota- tion. $20 per acre up to 250 acres for one year. --Nutrient managem.ent (without manure), $2.25 per acre: and with manure $4 per acre up to 250 acres for a maximum of three years. --Pest management, $1 per acre up to 250 acres for a maximum of three years. Contact your local NRCS/SWCD staff for more details on EQIP and other conservation programs. More information is avail- able from the Minnesota NRCS website at ht t p://www, mn. nrcs.usda.gov/m ncons.html Garden check list This is not an all inclusive list, but it's a start to sug- gestions for July compiled by Beth Jarvis from Yard & Garden Line. Flowers: *Deadhead annuals such as geraniums, petunias and cosmos to extend the bloom. Fruit: *Renovate strawberry beds as soon as ,June bear- ing plants are done produc- ing. For how to see: http:// www.extension.umn.edu/ya rdandgarden/YGLNews] YGLN-July0199.html# strawberries *Once summer raspber- ries are done producing berries, renovate those by pruning out canes that fruited this summer and narrowing rows. For help with that. see: http://www.extension.umn. edu/yardandga rden/YGLN e w s / Y (', L N Aug0199.html#  renov *Start treatin for apple maggot--by baging the fruit, putting ,,ut sticky traps or startin a spray program. See the apple maggot sheet at: http://www.extension.umn. 7 edu/distribution/horticul- ture/DG 1007.htmll The organic, chemical free bag option can be found here: http://www. extension.umn.edu/yardan dgarden/YGLNews/YGLN- Feb0102.html#apples Insects: *Check out current insect pests on Jeff Hahn website http:Hwww.exten- sion.um n.edu/projacts/yard andgarden/EntWeb/cur- rentpests.html Landscaping: *Tree canopies are at their fullest and densest. Now is a great time to pay attention to how much light various parts of your landscape actually get. This will help you pick plants that will thrive in those areas. Lawns: *Maintain a 3-3 1/2" mowing height when cut- ting grass. Longer blades shade the soil, protect the grass crowns and reduce water loss. *Cool season turf grasses grow slowly in hot weather. It's best to wait until mid August to fertilize. *Avoid herbicide applica- tions during warm weath- er; you'll get a more effec- tive we:d kill in the fall. It will also minimize herbi- cide drift problems. *If you reduce lawn watering, do it gradually. On lower maintenance lawns, rather than an inch a week, you can cut back to a half inch every weeks. *Leave dethatching/vert- cal raking and aerifying until fall. Plant Diseases: *See info on current Martin H. Boord problems at Janna Beckerman website: http:Hwww.extension.u mn. edu/projects/yardandgar- den/PlantPathWeb/Plpa.ht m Trees and Shrubs: *Stop fertilizing woody plants after mid-July. They need to start hardening off to survive next winter. *We're entering the low risk period for pruning oak trees. If you wish to remove an annoying branch, do so but paint the fresh wound immediately with latex paint or shellac. *Mulch trees and shrubs to help retain soil moisture. Mulch can be piled 3"-4" high but leave two inches of space between mulch and the tree bark. *Don't forget to water young trees during dry spells. *Rejuvenation prune spring flowering shrubs. such as lilacs and mock orange by removing 1/3 of the thickest stems down to the ground. http:Hwww.na.fs.fed.us/spf o/pubs/howtos/h t_haz/ht_h az.htm Vegetables: *As summer veggies start to bear--side dress with fertilizer. Read about garden fertilizer at: http://www.extension.umn. edu/distribution/horticul- ture/components/1731- 26.html *Cage or stake tomatoes, & then mulch them with straw, dried grass or par- tially decomposed compost to reduce weeds and main- tain even soil moisture. It will also reduce diseases. EXPLORE Minnesota for travd info: 651-2%-5029 or 800-657-3700 ww.exploreminnesota.com in OtalaatlF - Head and Neck Surgery Gmdumte of ty of Minnesota - Minneapolis Medical School Six years of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Sit, cry (NT) training at Southern Illinois University, Springfield, IL Dr. Jann/ng provides medical and stu'ical care of head and neck problems. 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