by David Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals
The University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals is holding an Ag Research Update on Thursday, Feb 13th which was re-scheduled due to a snow storm in January. Another agronomy training opportunity is the Conservation Tillage Conference set for February 18-19 in St. Cloud. And finally the University of Minnesota is working with the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) to determine the need and opportunities for on-farm research in Minnesota. Your input is requested to determine if an on-farm research program should go ahead, and if so, what it should look like. The survey is described in this Crop-E news edition.
Ag Professional Research Update at Crookston is set for Thursday, February 13th
The University of Minnesota's Institute for Ag Professionals made the decision to postpone the Research Update workshop in Crookston due to blizzard conditions on January 16, 2014. The team has selected an alternate date of Thursday, February 13, 2014 to hold this workshop. The workshop will still take place at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center at 2900 University Avenue in Crookston from 12:30 pm to 4:40 pm. Please see below for additional information and online registration.
Registration for the 2014 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals is available on-line. Registration will also be available at the door at Noon; start time is at 12:30 pm. The program continues until 4:40 pm. Registration cost is $50 per individual.
· Nutrient management for soybean: issues for northwest Minnesota - Dr. Dan Kaiser
· Small grain weed control update - Dr. Beverly Durgan
· The view from up here--UAVs in entomology - Dr. Ian MacRae
· Small grains disease research update - Dr. Madeleine Smith
· Small grains update - Dr. Jochum Wiersma
If you were already registered for the January 16th workshop, no further action is required as your registration will stay in place and we will see you on February 13! If you have questions about registration please contact Dave Nicolai at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-625-2778.
Continuing education units-CEU's for Certified Crop Advisers at the Crookston Research Update are 1 in Nutrient Management, 3 in Pest Management and 1 in Crop Management.
Who should attend?
Agronomists, Ag Salespeople (seeds, chemicals, fertilizers), Crop Consultants, Crop Production Specialists, Extension Educators, Agriculture Government Agency Personnel, Farm Managers, and anyone else who would benefit from some professional training.
U of M Conservation Tillage Conference in St. Cloud, Feb 18-19
The ninth annual University of Minnesota Extension Conservation Tillage Conference and trade show Feb. 18 and 19 will be held at the Holiday Inn and Suites, St. Cloud, MN. This conference emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science.
• Weed species shifts and control
• Nutrient management in high-residue systems
• Strip till strategies straight from veteran farmer practitioners
• Subsurface drainage options
• Proven cover crop strategies for your system to anchor nutrients, manage moisture extremes and provide free nitrogen
• Soil health improvements with reduced till systems
• Climate trends and soil resiliency
• Vendor Sessions: Learn about new equipment, products and technology
Experts from the University of Minnesota and neighboring states will present the results of extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. In addition, experienced conservation tillage farmers will answer questions and provide management tips. Exhibitors will showcase the newest technology, services and equipment directly related to conservation tillage.
The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (social event following till 10:00 p.m.) on Tues., Feb. 18th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 19th. The trade show will be open both days. The registration fee is $155 per person (after Feb. 4th $155), which includes all food, handouts and nine continuing education units (CEUs).
Share Your Ideas about On-Farm Research in Minnesota
The University of Minnesota is working with the Agricultural Fertilizer Research and Education Council (AFREC) to determine the need and opportunities for on-farm research in Minnesota. Your input is requested to determine if an on-farm research program should go ahead, and if so, what it should look like. What topics should be studied? How should it be organized and run? And would you participate?
Go to http://z.umn.edu/onfarm and read the fact sheet about the advisory team's preliminary ideas for on-farm research. Then tell us what you think by completing this online survey: http://z.umn.edu/onfarmsurvey.