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2014 Extension Drainage Design Workshops

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The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in four locations in 2014: January 29 - 30, SDSU Extension Regional Center, Sioux Falls, SD; February 11 - 12, North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, ND; March 5 - 6, University of Minnesota - Crookston, Crookston, MN, and March 18 - 19, Holiday Inn, Owatonna, MN. The workshops are a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, and South Dakota State University Extension.

The 2-day workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

Each workshop is intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems, including: farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers. Planning topics include legal aspects, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wetlands, and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small team projects, with several hands-on problem-solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Design principles for lift stations and conservation drainage practices are also considered.

Registration for the four workshops sessions is now available at: www.regonline.com/2014drainage The registration price is $225 (price goes up to $300 about 3 weeks before the start of each workshop), and each workshop is limited to about 65 participants. These workshops have typically filled quickly, so register early to guarantee a spot. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event. Detailed agendas and additional information will follow shortly and be posted to the registration site.

For more information contact Brad Carlson at bcarlson@umn.edu, or visit www.drainageoutlet.umn.edu

Graduate students at the University of Minnesota have organized a first-annual event - Production Agriculture Symposium on Thursday, February 13, 2014 on the Saint Paul campus.  The theme for the 2014 event is Enhancing Cropping System Performance Under Increased Environmental Variability

Sauk Center Hay Auction Summary Dec 5, 2013

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by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearn-Benton-Morrison Counties
This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Dec 5, 2013.

Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers.

Dec 5 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf  Individual lots sold, sorted by type and quality.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions this year, with some comparisons to 2012. 

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf  A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 20014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Yes, the second auctions in November and the first auctions in December in 2012 and 2013 landed on the same line.

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U of M Conservation Tillage Conference in St. Cloud, Feb 18-19

How-to information, expert advice, practical tips

By Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator - Crops and Conservation Tillage Conference Coordinator

 

Roll up your sleeves for some practical, hands-on information that will save you soil, time, fuel -- and money. Conservation tillage is the focus of the ninth annual University of Minnesota Extension Conservation Tillage Conference and trade show Feb. 17 and 18, at the Holiday Inn and Suites, St. Cloud, MN. This conference emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the trenches, learn how heavier, colder soils aren't necessarily the challenge they're made out to be. And, what have long-time no-tillers and reduced-tillage farmers learned that could spare you the same lessons?

2014 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

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By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

Face the 2014 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 2014 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 2014. Descriptions of the research update presentations can be viewed at the Institute for Ag Professionals web site.

Sauk Center Hay Auction Summary Nov. 21, 2013

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by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearn-Benton-Morrison Counties
This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Nov 21, 2013.

Consider averages carefully when they are based on a limited number of entries, or wide range of numbers.

Nov 21 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf  Individual lots sold, sorted by type and quality.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions this year, with some comparisons to 2012. 

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf   A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 20014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV.


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