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Barriers to Bushels Program to Address Current Production Issues in Corn and Soybean at Five Locations Across Minnesota

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by David Nicolai, Extension Educator-Crops

To help address key management issues of Northwestern and West Central Minnesota producers, Barriers to Bushels will be held at five locations in late February and early March. This is a program developed by University of Minnesota Extension aimed at current issues and research in corn/soybean crop production with the intent to ultimately help increase a producer's margins. Topics include: Managing Cost of Production (Bret Oelke), Key Soybean and Corn Diseases (Dr. Dean Malvick), Managing Inputs for High Yields While Controlling Costs in Corn Production (Dr. Jeff Coulter), Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds (Dr. Jeff Gunsolus), Management Strategies for Avoiding SCN Pitfalls (Dr. Phil Glogoza), Optimizing Pop-up and Starter Fertilizers in Corn (Dr. Dan Kaiser), Insect Management Philosophy (Bruce Potter), and High Cost Management and Return in Soybeans (Dr. Seth Naeve).

Past participants expressed that they have benefited from the useful, research based, and timely information the University brings to these meetings and the open discussion format designed to encourage audience interaction. This program is aimed at providing crop management benefits to producers and Ag professionals.

Program cost is $30 which includes lunch (provided courtesy of local sponsors) and handouts. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at all locations except Fergus Falls (8:30) with agendas, speakers, and topics varying by site.

February 24th - Willmar from 9:00 - 2:30 at the Kandi Entertainment Center
Topics include:
• Managing Cost of Corn and Soybean Production (Oelke)
• Key Soybean and Corn Diseases: Threats, Facts and Perception (Malvick)
• Do You Need a New Pest Management Philosophy: An Insect Update (Potter)
• Soybean Management in a High Cost and High Return World (Naeve)

February 26th - Madison from 9:00 - 2:30 at the VFW.
Topics include:
• Do You Need a New Pest Management Philosophy: An Insect Update (Potter)
• Managing Cost of Corn and Soybean Production (Oelke)
• Optimizing Pop-up and Starter Fertilizer in Corn Production(Kaiser)
• Corn Production - Managing Inputs for High Yields While Controlling Costs (Coulter)

February 27th - Flom from 9:00 - 2:30 at the Community Hall
Topics include:
• Management Strategies for Avoiding SCN Pitfalls (Glogoza)
• Managing Cost of Corn and Soybean Production (Oelke)
• Corn Production - Managing Inputs for High Yields While Controlling Costs (Coulter)
• Weed Management Issues in Corn and Soybean - Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds (Gunsolus)

February 28th - Crookston from 9:00 - 2:30 at the Crookston Inn (Formally Northland Inn)
Topics include:
• Corn Production - Managing Inputs for High Yields While Controlling Costs (Coulter)
• Weed Management Issues in Corn and Soybean - Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds (Gunsolus)
• Managing Cost of Corn and Soybean Production (Oelke)
• Management Strategies for Avoiding SCN Pitfalls (Glogoza)

March 4th - Fergus Falls from 8:30 to 3:15 at the Bigwood Event Center (Best Western Hotel).
Topics include:
• MN Water Quality (Smentek)
• Soybean Management in a High Cost and High Return World (Naeve)
• Do You Need a New Pest Management Philosophy: An Insect Update (Potter)
• Corn Production - Managing Inputs for High Yields While Controlling Costs (Coulter)
• Weed Management Issues in Corn and Soybean - Managing Herbicide Resistant Weeds (Gunsolus)
• Agronomy Technology Panel Discussion (Industry/Producers)

Four CEU's have been applied for at each location. Pre-registration is not required. For more information contact Doug Holen at the Regional Extension Office - Morris (320-589-1711).
See you at Barriers to Bushels!
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Source: Doug Holen/Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educators in Crops, U of M Extension.

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