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Plant of the month: Wild Bergamot (Monarda fistulosa)

Wild Bergamot

This signature purple flowered plant may be familiar to you by its wide use in teas and dried flower arrangements.  Wild Bergamot is also a resilient native plant that grows in almost any condition (except for the wettest of soils) and is a favorite among bees and butterflies. When selecting a seed mix containing wild …

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Five Things to Consider When Designing a Good Seed Mix

farmer sowing seeds

A well-planned seed mix is essential to constructing a diverse and stable planting. Knowing the physical characteristics of the site is essential to choosing the most appropriate native plants for that site. A diverse planting normally includes a seed mix of annual, biennial, and perennial species. Cost and availability are two essential factors that come …

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Plant of the month – Stiff Goldenrod
(Solidago Rigida)

Stiff Goldenrod Solidago Rigida

Commonly associated with hay fever, the Stiff Goldenrod actually doesn’t have wind-blown pollen and therefore isn’t the source of your sniffles! Instead, these hearty wildflowers are adaptable and a favorite of birds and butterflies. Plant characteristics A perennial plant, stiff goldenrod has green leaves, yellow blooms, and can grow between three and six feet tall. …

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(Solidago Rigida)
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Plant of the month – Purple Prairie Clover (Dalea purpurea)

Purple Prairie Clover

Known as a legume type of wildflower, Purple Prairie Clover is able to capture nitrogen from the air and uses its natural bacteria to fertilize the soil. The most widespread of the Prairie Clover, this plant is a favorite of pollinators including bees, butterflies and other insects. This native clover is a key component of …

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2021 Enrollment for General CRP Starts Soon

If you’re planning to join general CRP in 2021, it’s time to get your bid ready. FSA has officially announced that 2021 enrollment for general CRP will open on January 4th. During this time, interested parties can submit bids for enrolling in a specific Conservation Practice under the program. Enrollment will run until February 12.  …

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The State of Monarch Butterflies and Why it Matters

The monarch butterfly is undoubtedly the most famous of its species in the US. This iconic pollinator can be found in any given state through the spring and summer. Or at least, it could.  Over the past 25 years, the population of the monarch butterfly has decreased by 80%. At this rate, the species could be extinct two decades from now. Though it …

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