Black and white photograph of Entomology professor Henry C. Chiang (left) inspecting corn stalks for signs of corn borers with F. G. Holdaway and Jeanne Marie Hellberg, 1951.

Inspecting corn stalks for signs of corn borers at the University of Minnesota

Entomology professor Henry C. Chiang (left) inspects corn stalks for signs of corn borers with F. G. Holdaway and Jeanne Marie Hellberg, 1951. Image courtesy of the University of Minnesota Archives, University of Minnesota—Twin Cities.

Pest Management in Minnesota Agriculture

Insect pests have harmed harvests in Minnesota country since European immigrants first arrived in the area. Most local farmers, however, did not actively manage pests. Instead, they planned for the risk of losing some of their crop. It took both huge losses from the late 1800s grasshopper plagues and the industrialization of agriculture for Minnesota’s government to invest in pest management methods.

Black and white photograph of the Meeker County farm of the Charles Ness family, 1947.

Charles Ness family farm, Meeker County

The Meeker County farm of the Charles Ness family, 1947. As one of just two R.E.A. electric demonstration farms in the U.S., the Ness farm hosted 34,000 visitors from thirty-two states and six foreign countries interested in learning about the benefits of electricity.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Gardening Help Brochure, 1979.

Gardening help brochure

Minnesota State Horticultural Society, gardening help brochure, 1979.

Color image of the Minnesota State Horticultural display, Minnesota State Fair, 2016.

Minnesota State Horticultural display, Minnesota State Fair

Minnesota State Horticultural display, Minnesota State Fair, 2016.

Color image of a Garden-in-a-box, 2016.

Garden-in-a-box

Garden-in-a-Box, 2016.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society bronze medal awarded to Professor W. H. Alderman, University of Minnesota, for advancing the art and science of fruit growing and leadership in all horticultural activities, 2016. Photographed by Mary Laine

Minnesota State Horticultural Society bronze medal

Minnesota State Horticultural Society bronze medal awarded to Professor W. H. Alderman, University of Minnesota, for advancing the art and science of fruit growing and leadership in all horticultural activities, 2016. Photographed by Mary Laine.

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens. 1944. Artist: Morley Size.

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens

American World War II poster promoting victory gardens, 1944. Artist: Morley Size.

Minnesota State Horticultural Society, Flower Show Judging Brochure

Flower show judging brochure

The Minnesota State Horticultural Society's flower show judging brochure: procedures, standards, scoring, 1963.

Minnesota Horticulturist magazine cover, June, 1958.

Minnesota Horticulturist magazine cover

Minnesota Horticulturist magazine cover, June, 1958.

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