By: Mike Boersma, Extension Educator, Murray and Pipestone counties
The University of Minnesota Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Program is a great opportunity to hear the latest University-based research and information about corn, soybean, and small grain production. Whether you are a producer or an Ag professional who works with producers, this program is sure to provide relevant and practical information to help you be successful. The morning will focus on various aspects of corn and soybean production while the afternoon will focus on small grain production in southern Minnesota. The program will be held at the Slayton Pizza Ranch on Tuesday, February 25th. Registration will begin at 8:30 am, with the program running from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm.
David Bau, Extension Educator in Ag Business Management based in Worthington, will present price outlooks and budgets for corn and soybeans as well as cash rent trends. Meanwhile, Lizabeth Stahl, Crops Educator in Worthington, will discuss upcoming weed management strategies and will help participants determine if they are ready for these new weed control options.
Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton will ask participants "Can a Crop Pest Have a Learning Disability?" and will discuss getting back to the basics of pest management. Brad Carlson, Cropping Systems Educator based in Mankato, will complete the discussion of corn and soybeans by sharing information on nitrates in drainage water across Minnesota.
A noon meal will be provided and local agency representatives from Farm Service Agency and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will provide a brief update on government programs currently available to producers.
The small grains portion of the program will begin at 1:00 pm and will cover a wide range of topics including genetics, fertility, agronomics, pest management and cropping systems tailored to southern Minnesota. The small grains program is presented by Doug Holen, Extension Educator in Fergus Falls, and Jochum Wiersma, Small Grains Specialist based in Crookston. The afternoon portion is sponsored by the Minnesota Association of Wheat Growers.
Five Continuing Education Credits for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for; 2.5 in Pest Management, 2.0 in Crop Management, and 0.5 in Soil and Water Management. A $30.00 registration fee will be collected at the door. For additional information, contact Mike Boersma, U of M Extension in Slayton at 507-836-6927 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or Liz Stahl, U of M Extension in Worthington at 507-372-3900 or email@example.com.
The program brochure can be viewed at: http://blog.lib.umn.edu/efans/cropnews/2014WinterCropsDayBrochure.pdf .
In case of inclement weather, tune into KLOH, KKOJ, KJOE, KDOM, or KWOA or call the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077. We hope to see you at the 7th Annual Winter Crops Day and Small Grains Tour in Slayton!