By Bruce Potter
Lamberton, MN. - On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton, MN will host Winter Crops and Soils Day. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota. Leading experts from the University will be on hand to present information and answer questions.
The program will address a variety of current agricultural production challenges facing producers. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.
Speakers from the University of Minnesota's St. Paul Campus and Research and Outreach Centers will cover topics including crop production costs; future of drainage & water quality; tillage; crop rotation for pest management; weather conditions; and sulfur management. Other topics include drainage system design and management.
· Dr. Jeff Coulter will be on hand to present recent research from southwestern Minnesota that is related to hybrid selection, crop rotation, tillage system, stand establishment, planting date, plant population, and row spacing. This presentation will also have special emphasis on pertinent planting-related issues such as management of crop residues and clods, and planting considerations for a dry planting and growing season.
· Dr. Jeff Strock will be covering drainage system design including conventional, controlled and subirrigation designs for crop production.
· Dr. Paulo Pagliari will present results from a sulfur trial for corn following corn and corn following soybean under five tillage systems.
· Bruce Potter will be discussing how variety selection and crop rotational practices influence crop pest problems and affect breeding for yield enhancement.
SWROC's Winter Crops and Soils Day is open to the public. The event's $15 registration fee covers handouts and lunch. Pre-registration is not required. Coffee and doughnuts will be available from 8:30-9:00am. Continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be provided in the areas of Soil and Water (0.5 CEUs), Pest Management (0.5 CEUs), Nutrient Management (0.5 CEUs), Crop Management (1.0 CEUs), and Professional Development (0.5 CEUs).