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Winter may have come early to much of the state, but come to the balmy southern part where we barely have a dusting of snow for a workshop & field day on cover crops this Thursday, November 13th! Take the opportunity to hear from a great line up of speakers & to see cover crops in action.

We have moved the majority of the program to the warm and toasty American Legion in Okabena, but attendees will have the opportunity to come out to the field to see cover crops that were seeded into standing crops this year. We will also have a couple of soil pits and other in-field activities, so bring warm layers for the outdoor session in the afternoon.

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals

The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program starts Tuesday, December 9th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers " Precision Ag and Market Place Considerations " 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Category A + C + H Pesticide Applicator Recertification occurs on Wednesday, December 10th starting at 8:00 AM. Register online or by completing and mailing the registration form.

By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops

Interested in cover crops and soil health?  Take advantage of the opportunity to hear from National Soil Health Spokesperson for the USDA Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS), Ray Archuleta, at the "Cover Crops in a Corn/Soybean Rotation Field Day" on November 13th.  Ray, also known as "Ray the Soils Guy", speaks about soil health and agroecology throughout the country.  He will be joining the speaker line-up at this event, which is focused on integrating cover crops into a corn/soybean rotation.

By Lizabeth Stahl, Extension Educator in Crops

Interest in cover crops has increased over the past few years.  How to most effectively integrate cover crops into a corn/soybean rotation, however, remains a key question.   

On November 13th, you are invited to join us at the "Cover Crops in a Corn/Soybean Rotation Field Day".  The field day will start at the American Legion in Okabena at 10:00am.  Following lunch, which will be supplied courtesy of program sponsors, we will travel to the Jerry and Nancy Ackermann farmsite by Lakefield for further presentations and in-field activities.  The field day will run from 10:00 to 3:15. 

Each year the Soil Fertility Extension and Industry group meet in Des Moines, Iowa to discuss current topics in nutrient management. This year, the 44th Annual North Central Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference will be held November 19-20 at the Holiday Inn Airport in Des Moines. This is a great meeting to catch up on nutrient management research being done in the North Central area of the United States.

Oral and poster presentations will highlight on-going soil fertility research from ten Universities in the region. The program starts at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, and ends at noon Thursday. For a look at the extensive agenda, visit the conference's program page.

For more information about the Extension-Industry Soil Fertility Conference and for registration information, visit www.ipni.net/ncsfc. Pleas consider attending.

North Central Weed Science Society Meeting Dates & Location

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If you would like to learn more about the latest developments in herbicide resistant crop technology, advances in herbicide resistant weed management, the role of cover crops in weed management and more, please attend the North Central Weed Science Society meeting to be held from December 1-4, 2014 at the Hyatt Regency hotel in Minneapolis.

Cover Crops and Soil Health Field Day Scheduled for September 11

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The University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center, located near Lamberton, will host a Cover Crops & Soil Health Field Day on Thursday, September 11, 2014. The event will begin at 8:30 a.m. with registration and will conclude shortly after 2:00 p.m. Topics covered at the field day will include the following:

  • Cover crop integration into corn systems
  • Benefits of soil health and advanced nutrient management
  • Programming assistance for adopting cover crops
  • Hands-on field demonstrations of new equipment for seeding cover crops

Pre-registration for the field day is not required. The event is free and lunch will be provided. To get to the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, travel 1.5 miles west of Lamberton on Hwy 14, then north on Hwy 330 to the Center.

For more information, visit http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu/index.htm.

by David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Ag professionals can take advantage of two excellent educational activities yet this August. One is a Soybean Cyst Nematode educational tour on Monday, August 18th held at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN from 1:00-4:00 p.m. The other program is an Institute for Ag Professionals Advanced Field Crop Workshop which will be held at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston, MN on Tuesday, August 26th. This workshop will provide "hands-on" training for herbicide mode of action and Goss's Wilt in corn as it relates to identification and disease management. On-line registration is recommended for the Crookston based Advanced Field Crop Workshop.
by Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist

The Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN, will host a Soybean Cyst Nematode (SCN) Tour from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Monday, August 18. Soybean Cyst Nematodes are a chronic problem for soybean production in Minnesota.


By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals is offering a half-day training workshop on Goss's Wilt of corn and herbicide mode of action at the Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston, MN on Tuesday, August 26.  Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension Corn and Soybean Plant Pathologist, Dr. Jeff Gunsolus, Extension Weed Specialist, and Dave Nicolai, Extension Crops Educator will lead the workshop.

by David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals is offering two hands-on field crop educational events this July; one is the Advanced field crop workshop featuring the latest in weed science strategies for corn and soybean weed management at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN, to be held on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014. The other event is the 2014 Field School for Ag Professionals  which will be held on July 30 - 31 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The St. Paul Campus (located in Falcon Heights, MN next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave). The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for early career participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.


Advanced Field Crop Workshop - Lamberton, MN

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By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals is offering an advanced field crop workshop featuring the latest in weed science strategies for corn and soybean weed management at the  Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton, MN, to be held on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014.

By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2014 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 30 - 31 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The St. Paul Campus (located in Falcon Heights, MN next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave) is this year's site for the Field School for Ag Professional which is the summer training opportunity that combines hand-on training and real-world field scenarios that no winter program can offer.  The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

by David Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

2014 Ag Professional Field School

July 30 & 31, 2014 - St. Paul, MN

A hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. The program is geared to the educational needs of new and recently employed ag professionals who are in a beginning to intermediate phase in their agronomy careers.


A reminder that key forage production and management issues in Minnesota will be presented at a series of University of Minnesota Extension Forage Workshops which will be held this week. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on March 26th in the AgCountry Farm Credit Service Building, St. Charles on March 27th at the St. Charles City Hall, and Kingston on March 28 at the Kingston Community Center.  The forage workshop agendas and times for each location can be accessed at the following internet site: z.umn.edu/foragesforu  This program targets management information for producers and Ag professionals.  


To address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota, a series of Forage Workshops will be held the week of March 24th. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on March 26th in the AgCountry Farm Credit Service Building, St. Charles on March 27th at the St. Charles City Hall, and Kingston on March 28 at the Kingston Community Center.  This program is developed by the University of Minnesota Extension and is aimed at current issues and research in forage production and management with the intent to increase producers's forage production and farm profitability.

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).

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.

The Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in
Lamberton, MN will host Winter Crops and Soils Day Tuesday, February 4 at
Blue Mound Banquet & Meeting Center in Luverne; Wednesday, February 5 at the
SWROC in Lamberton; and Thursday, February 6 at the American Legion in
Granite Falls.

Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting
current research that is specific to southwestern
Minnesota.

The program will address a variety of current agricultural production
challenges facing producers. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. with the
workshop running from 9:30 to 2:30.

Topics include water and fertility management, planting strategies to increase corn profitability, corn and soybean profitability on rented ground, insect and weed management and, of course, the weather and climate. Speakers, depending on location are: Dave Bau, Dr. Jeff Coulter, Tom Hoverstad, Dr. Paulo Pagliari, Dr. Mark Seely,
Dr. Jeff Strock, Dr. Kelley Tilmon and Dr. Dennis Todey.

SWROC's Winter Crops and Soils Day is open to the public. The event's $25
registration fee covers handouts and lunch. Pre-registration is required.
Continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be provided in
the areas of Soil and Water (0.5 CEUs), Pest Management (1.0 CEUs),
Professional Development (0.5 CEUs), Nutrient Management (0.5 CEUs) and Crop
Management (1.0 CEUs).

For further information on Winter Crops and Soils Day, please visit the
SWROC's website at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu or call the SWROC at
507-752-7372.

U of M Extension Crop Events Calendar Available Online

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University of Minnesota Extension has published a Crop Events calendar on Extension's main Crops webpage. Up-to-date information on Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification workshops, conferences and other crops programs are included on this statewide event calendar. For a look at the wide variety of timely, research-based Extension events that are being offered, visit http://z.umn.edu/crops and look for "Upcoming Events."

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.

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.extension.umn.edu/agriculture/water/.

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

2014 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

Registration for the 2014 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals is available on-line or by mail. The registration fee is $45 prior to December 31st and $50 after December 31st. The Research Updates will be held at Waseca (Jan 7), Kasson (Jan 8), Lamberton (Jan 9), Willmar (Jan 14), Morris (Jan 15) and Crookston (Jan 16). Registration will be available at the door at Noon; start time is at 12:30 pm. The program continues until 4:40 pm.


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

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.

By David Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals


The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program starts Tuesday, December 10th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers "Nutrients in the Environment and Agricultural Productivity Session" 1:00 PM - 3:30 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 11th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 12th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.


By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2013 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 30 - 31 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The St. Paul Campus (located in Falcon Heights, MN next to the Minnesota State Fairgrounds at Larpenteur and Gortner Ave) is this year's site for the Field School for Ag Professional which is the summer training opportunity that combines hand-on training and real-world field scenarios that no winter program can offer.  The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

By Doug Holen, Dr. Phil Glogoza and Dr. Craig Sheaffer on March 28, 2013

The increasing cost of forages, fearing continued 2012 droughty conditions, and extending the winter season has many producers wondering about the productivity of their hay fields in 2013. While temperatures have been respectively cold this winter, the good news is that an insulating layer of snow has persisted across most of the state for an extended period of time.

Now is the time to develop a plan and take control of herbicide-resistant weeds before they take control of you. Due to the long-term exposure to glyphosate in the corn and soybean cropping system, we are now in a situation where the probability of finding a glyphosate-resistant giant or common ragweed or waterhemp is high.

Tires, Traction, and Compaction Field Day

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University of Minnesota Extension is proud to partner with NDSU Extension to bring you Tires, Traction, and Compaction Field Day on September 1, 2011 south of Fergus Falls, MN. Registration for the day starts at 9:00 am and discussion and demonstrations will continue until 2:30. The event will be held rain or shine.

Take Control of Waterhemp Field Tour

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Wednesday - July 6, 2011


3:30 PM to 5:30 PM

Dinner provided at 6:00 PM


Whom should attend? Sugarbeet and Soybean Growers, Consultants, Agronomists, Retailers, and Others

What is the tour about? Viewing plots for Managing glyphosate-resistant waterhemp throughout the crop rotation, especially sugarbeet and soybean.

You are invited to a field day located along highway 71 between Olivia and Blomkest on the southeast corner of the intersection of U.S. Highway 71 and Kandyohi/Renville county line road. Discussions will focus on recent research on iron deficiency chlorosis and a tour of the research plot at this location. Registration for the event will begin at 9 am with speakers starting at 9:30.

by Mark Seeley, Extension Climatologist

Frost / freeze analyzed maps available

Last weekend (May 8-9) brought widespread overnight frosts and freezes to many parts of Minnesota. Reports indicate that some fruits and crops were damaged, especially in low-lying areas, but many may recover. Further, it appears this may be the last frost occurrence for the season over most of the state, as a significant warming trend is expected to start this weekend.

As is often the case many growers and crop advisors are concerned about assessing any damage due to these low temperatures (primarily 27-32 degrees F), but patience is required. It always takes a few days to sort out which areas might be permanently killed, as many plants, depending on stage of development are resilient and begin regrowth within a week.

The Minnesota Climatology Working Group offers daily analyzed maps to examine the spatial extent of frosts and freezes.

For those interested in storm spotter training

For Minnesota citizens who are interested in becoming storm spotters for the National Weather Service, SKYWARN spotter training classes will be offered free of charge during the month of May on eight different occasions. National Weather Service also encourages citizens to become involved in the eSpotter System which supplements information about storm location, intensity, and aftermath damage assessment. If you are interested in these programs or the free training sessions you can visit the web site.

Recognizing Glyphosate-Resistant Weeds: A Field ID Experience

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Wednesday, September 9 ----- Plummer, MN

Meet at and depart from Plummer Co-op Creamery
(Cenex Station) 1 pm


Thursday, September 10 ----- Hawley, MN
Meet at and depart from RDO Equipment 9:30 am


Is glyphosate less effective than 10 years ago?


Can you recognize the presence of glyphosate-resistant weeds in a field?


The control of perennial noxious weeds can often be troublesome for farmers, CRP landowners, county and township road/weed department officials, and other land managers. Thanks to modern technology and a better understanding of biological control methods, land and roadside managers have new and effective tools to control such problem weeds. This plot tour and educational programplans to address these topics.

2009 MN Forage Days February 9-13

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Paul Peterson, Neil Broadwater, Lisa Behnken, Doug Holen, Dan Martens, Krishona Martinson, and Russ Mathison, University of Minnesota; and Beth Nelson and Jenna Knoblauch, Midwest Forage Association

Harvesting results for a profitable future is the theme for the 2009 Minnesota Forage Days to be held at five locations in Minnesota the week of February 9.  The program is sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and the Midwest Forage Association (MFA).  Dates and locations are:

  • Feb. 9, SWROC at Lamberton
  • Feb. 10, Floodwood Savannah Portage Restaurant
  • Feb. 11, Detroit Lakes ClubHouse Hotel (formerly Holiday Inn)
  • Feb. 12, Royalton American Legion
  • Feb. 13, Rochester UCR Heintz Center.
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