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December 2009 Archives

By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Agronomists, Ag Salespeople (seeds, chemicals, and fertilizers), Crop Consultants, Crop Production Specialists, Regional Extension Educators, Agriculture Government Agency Personnel, Farm Managers, and other professionals are invited to attend one of the University of Minnesota Research Updates held around Minnesota in early January, 2010. Participants may take advantage of the early registration discount by registering either on on-line or via mail prior to Jan 1st, 2010. On-line and On-site registration is available after January 1st.

Sauk Centre Hay Auction December 3 and 17, 2009

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by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearn-Benton-Morrison Counties
This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auctions held December 3 and 17, 2009. The reports are a list of all tested hay lots and bedding materials sold ... grouped by kind of hay, type of bale ... cost per pound of dry matter and per RFV point are calculated. Straw and other bedding material is included. Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries.

SC Hay Auction 12 03 09.pdf

SC Hay Auction 12 17 09.pdf

U of M Hosts Conservation Tillage Conference

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U of M hosts Conservation Tillage Conference in Morton

University of Minnesota Extension will host the sixth annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Jan. 27th and 28th, 2010, at Jackpot Junction, 39375 County Hwy. 24, Morton.

Conserve soil, time and fuel with conservation tillage. This conference will send you home with hands-on, how-to information in nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get his feet wet, put this conference on your calendar now.

This year includes several of the leading industry and University researchers in the Northern Corn Belt. This 2-day conference and tradeshow will offer a full range of topics including:
¨ Weed species shift and control
¨ Crop production in no-till
¨ Soil physical characteristics and nutrient availability
¨ Government policy concerning reduced tillage
¨ Benefits and challenges of reduced tillage
¨ Corn nematode management
¨ Seed treatments and fungicide

The University of Minnesota and neighboring states have conducted extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. In addition to the research-based presentations, a panel of experienced conservation tillage farmers will provide management tips and answer questions.

The program is packed with valuable information you won't want to miss. So make this year's Conservation Tillage Conference a must-attend session. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, and from 8 a.m. to 12:15 Jan. 28.

The registration fee is $125 per person, which includes continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $100 per person is offered for those paying by Jan 8, 2010.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension crops educator
phone: (507) 337-2816

Ryan Miller, Extension crops educator
phone: (507) 529-2759

2010 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

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By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Face the 2010 crop year armed with the latest University of Minnesota research

Each year brings new crop production challenges. As an agricultural professional, keeping up with these new issues is a top priority. At the 2010 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, and nutrient and environmental recommendations. Presentations and discussions at the update will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region. You will leave with research-based knowledge and field-tested solutions that will help you in the field for the year 2010.


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