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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."

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.


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.drainageoutlet.umn.edu

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 David Nicolai; Coordinator, University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professionals

Join us for a Corn Goss's Wilt and Rootworm Research Tour and Workshop Monday, August 26 at the University of Minnesota Rosemount Research and Outreach Center. Dr. Dean Malvick (Extension corn and soybean plant pathologist) and Dr. Ken Ostlie (Extension corn entomologist) will lead the research tours and workshop.

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals

A reminder that the University of Minnesota Institute for Ag Professional's 2013 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 30-31 which is a Tuesday and Wednesday at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, plant pathology and weed science on the first day and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

This program is targeted towards agronomists, crop production retailers, seed sellers, consultants, Extension Educators, agriculture government agency personnel, farm managers and summer field scouts. Participants will have the opportunity to enhance their troubleshooting and crop management skills in specially designed plots that display actual cropping situations.

 A total of 12 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units will be offered for the two days of the Field School. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. Advance registrations made before Thursday, July 25th are eligible for a discount; $150 per day or $270 for both days before July 25th, after July 25th the registration tuition will be $300 for both days. 

Enrollment is limited to 120 participants, so please register early!





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.

Source: Doug Holen, Extension Educators in Crops, U of M Extension

To address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota, a series of Forage Workshops will be held the week of March 18th. Individual sites include Fergus Falls on March 19th in the AgCountry Farm Credit Service Building, Hutchinson on March 20th at the McLeod County Fairgrounds, and Rushford on March 21st at the Lynndyn Bridge Restaurant.

Proceedings from the 2012 University of Minnesota & Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Crop Pest Management Short Course and Trade Show held December 11-13 in Minneapolis are available to be viewed at the Institute for Ag Professionals web site. The proceedings web page includes a listing of abstracts authored by the speakers at the short course and copies of their slide presentations in a PDF format for your review.

2013 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

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By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

Face the 2013 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 2013 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's pest, disease, variety, and nutrient 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 2013.  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 11th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers "Management & Ag Professional Agronomy Focus Sessions" 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 12th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 13th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.

One of the experiments at the U of M Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) is currently displaying interesting visual results which will rapidly fade as the season progresses. An impromptu tour on Friday, August 24 from 1 to 2 PM will give you a chance to see the effect of SCN resistance for yourself.

by David Nicolai, Coordinator Institute for Ag Professionals, University of Minnesota

A reminder that the 2012 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 25-26 which is a Wednesday and Thursday at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day. A total of 12 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units will be offered for the two days of the Field School. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. Advance registrations made before Friday, July 20th are eligible for a discount; $150 per day or $270 for both days before July 20th, after July 20th the registration tuition will be $300 for both days.

By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2012 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 25 - 26 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 and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.


Conservation Tillage Conference, Rochester MN, Feb 7-8 2012

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Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money.

University of Minnesota Extension will host the seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 7 and 8, at the International Event Center in Rochester, MN.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money. Besides saving valuable soil resources, conservation tillage has been proven to save $25-45/ac in tillage costs. And that's not including your time.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage.

"Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now," says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.

Experts from the University of Minnesota, 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.

Conference topics include:


  • Precision Ag solutions

  • Weed species shift and control

  • Nutrient management in high residue systems

  • Strip intercropping management

  • Soil health with reduced till systems

  • Vendor Sessions: Learn about new equipment, cover crops and technology


The popular "Farmer Panel" will be back again, offering practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers.

Also back is "Beer & Bull," your chance to pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers in a relaxed, informal setting.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Robert Recker: "Yield, Profitability, and Sustainability: Where to go from here?" Bob is the owner of Cedar Valley Innovation and a retired John Deere engineer, researching strip intercropping. He studies corn growth on a row by row basis trying to unlock the secrets of using technology and the sun to farm smarter.

The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on Tues., Feb. 7th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 8th. The tradeshow will be open both days.

The registration fee is $150 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $120 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 25, 2012.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com. Or contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 320-815-4112 or dejon003@umn.edu.

By Bruce Potter

Lamberton, MN.  - ­ On Wednesday, February 1, 2012, from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton, MN will host Winter Crops and Soils Day. Winter Crops and Soils Day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota.  Leading experts from the University will be on hand to present information and answer questions.

2012 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

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By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

 

Face the 2012 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 2012 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's pest, disease, variety, and nutrient 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 2012.  Descriptions of the research update presentations can be viewed at the Institute for Ag Professionals web site.

 

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.

Soybean College: Addressing Soybean Production and Management

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Soybean College

on the campus of University of Minnesota - Crookston
Crookston, Minnesota

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

8:30 a.m. to 3:10 p.m.
(Registration begins at 8 a.m. in Bede Ballroom, Sargeant Student Center)

click here for a copy of the Soybean College 2011 Brochure for registration information

By David Nicolai, Coordinator, Institute for Ag Professionals

The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Shortcourse program starts Tuesday, December 13th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:30 AM - 1:30 PM, AFREC Soil Fertility Research Reports 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM and 2:30 - 3:30 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. The CPM Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 14th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 15th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM.

 

Irrigated Corn Silage Plot Tour

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Friday, September 2, 2011

10:30 a.m.

Dan Dreyer Farm - Ottertail City

2011 Northern MN Soybean Research and Variety Plot Tours

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Northern Minnesota Soybean Growers (and our neighbors in the Dakotas) have the opportunity to attend a wide range of Variety and Research Plot tours the first week of September. The attached flyer lists ALL the upcoming plot tours for summer-fall. Next up, are the . . .

What does soil quality mean? Why is it so important? How do we measure it and how can we impact soil quality with our management practices? Hear experts from the University of Minnesota, Ohio State University, the USDA-Agricultural Research Service, and the USDA-Natural Resource Conservation Service address these questions and more at the "Soil Quality Workshop". This program will be held at two locations: Monday, September 12 at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris, and Tuesday, September 13 at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca. Each workshop will start with check-in at 8:00, with the program running from 8:30 to 4:30. This program is sponsored by U of MN Extension, The Ohio State University, the Minnesota Department of Agriculture and North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education.

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.

By Lizabeth Stahl

Hear the latest University of Minnesota research and information on strip tillage and see strip-tillage equipment in action through field demonstrations at the 2011 "Minnesota Strip Till Expo" on Friday, August 5th, at the College and University Center in Owatonna. This event will run, rain or shine, from 9:00 to 3:30, with registration and Exhibits starting at 8:30. Admission to the Expo is free and food will be available for purchase on-site. This program is brought to you by U of MN Extension and Riverland Community College.

By Dave Nicolai                   

 A  reminder that the 2011 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 27 - 28 which is a Wednesday and a Thursday, at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school.  Advance registrations made before Wednesday, July 20th are eligible for a discount; $150 per day or $270 for both days before July 20th,  after July 20th the registration tuition will be $300 for both days. Registration for the Field School is available on-line at  http://www.extension.umn.edu/AgProfessionals/fieldschool.html A total of 12 Certified Crop Advisor Continuing Education Units will be offered for the two days of the Field School.   The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.  Detailed session descriptions are available for the Wednesday and Thursday sessions on the 2011 Field School webpage.   

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.

By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2011 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 27 - 28 at the University of Minnesota's Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca.  The Field School for Ag Professionals 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 and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day.

Attend the 2011 Conservation Tillage Conference!

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U of M Conservation Tillage Conference in Fergus Falls, Feb. 9-10
By Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator, Crops

Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money.

University of Minnesota Extension will host the seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 9 and 10, at Bigwood Event Center, 921 Western Avenue, Fergus Falls, Minn., just off U.S. Interstate 94.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage.

"Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now," says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.

Experts from the University of Minnesota, neighboring states and Canada 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.

Conference topics include:
•Matching tillage systems with soil types
•Weed species shift and control
•Nutrient management in high residue systems
•Residue breakdown strategies
•Tractor efficiency and traction
•Introduction to vertical tillage.

New at this year's conference:
•Stump the Tillage Specialists: Question tillage experts from Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin;
•Vendor Sessions: Learn about new equipment and technology.

The popular "Farmer Panel" will be back again, offering practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers.

Also back is "Beer & Bull," your chance to pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers in a relaxed, informal setting.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Bruce Vincent: "With vision, there is hope." Vincent is a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. "During the past 20 years, he has given motivational speeches throughout the U.S. and the world on how to educate consumers about agriculture in a truthful and balanced way," DeJong-Hughes says.

The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 9th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 10th. The tradeshow will be open on Feb. 9 only.

The registration fee is $140 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $115 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 31, 2011.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com. Or contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 507-337-2800 or dejon003@umn.edu.


U of M Conservation Tillage Conference in Fergus Falls, Feb. 9-10

Learn how conservation tillage can save soil, time, fuel -- and money.

University of Minnesota Extension will host the seventh annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Feb. 9 and 10, at Bigwood Event Center, 921 Western Avenue, Fergus Falls, Minn., just off U.S. Interstate 94.

The day-and-a-half-long conference will provide practical, how-to information on nearly every aspect of conservation tillage.

"Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get your feet wet, you should put this conference on your calendar now," says Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Minnesota Extension tillage specialist and conference coordinator.

Experts from the University of Minnesota, neighboring states and Canada 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.

Conference topics include:
•Matching tillage systems with soil types
•Weed species shift and control
•Nutrient management in high residue systems
•Residue breakdown strategies
•Tractor efficiency and traction
•Introduction to vertical tillage.

New at this year's conference:
•Stump the Tillage Specialists: Question tillage experts from Minnesota, North Dakota, Iowa and Wisconsin;
•Vendor Sessions: Learn about new equipment and technology.

The popular "Farmer Panel" will be back again, offering practical insights and management tips from experienced northern strip tillers and ridge tillers.

Also back is "Beer & Bull," your chance to pick the brains of other farmers, consultants and researchers in a relaxed, informal setting.

The conference will open with a provocative keynote speech from Bruce Vincent: "With vision, there is hope." Vincent is a third generation logger from Libby, Montana. "During the past 20 years, he has given motivational speeches throughout the U.S. and the world on how to educate consumers about agriculture in a truthful and balanced way," DeJong-Hughes says.

The Conservation Tillage Conference runs from 9:00 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. on Wed., Feb. 9th, and from 8:00 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. on Thurs., Feb. 10th. The tradeshow will be open on Feb. 9 only.

The registration fee is $140 per person, which includes nine continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $115 per person is offered for those registering by Jan. 31, 2011.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.TillageConference.com. Or contact Jodi DeJong-Hughes at 507-337-2800 or dejon003@umn.edu.


Southern Minnesota Corn College

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University of Minnesota Extension Announces
Southern Minnesota Corn College, December 17th, 2010 at South Central College in North Mankato

Plan to attend the Corn College December 17th at South Central College in North Mankato. This program, sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension, the Minnesota Corn Growers Association, and South Central College, will run from 8:00 am to 3:00 pm and consists of a series of in-depth and hands-on concurrent sessions.

Each attendee can customize their program by selecting the sessions that best meet their needs. For a complete list of sessions and to register by mail, please see the brochure at: http://z.umn.edu/corncollege. Online registration is available at: http://www.regonline.com/CornCollege.
Cost to attend the program is $40 if preregistered and $50 at the door. Preregistration is recommended as class and lab space is limited.

Individual sessions will address a wide array of topics in pest management, crops and soils, grain storage and economics, and nutrient management.

Jeff Gunsolus, U of MN Weed Scientist, will cover picking the right herbicide for the right weed at the right time. Dean Malvick, U of MN Plant Pathologist, will host a lab on corn diseases and their management. Ken Ostlie, U of MN Entomologist, will address performance, options, and choices to consider when selecting transgenic insect traits.

Jeff Coulter, U of MN Corn Agronomist, will lead a lab on corn staging, stand establishment, and the impact of stress on crop yield. John Lamb, U of MN Soil Scientist, will run a hands-on computer lab exercise using the NRCS web soil survey.

Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Engineer, will lead a lecture on key features to consider when selecting a grain drying and management system. In addition, he will provide recommended storage management strategies to maintain grain quality during short and long-term storage. Dave Bau, U of MN Ag Business Management Educator, will demonstrate using a spreadsheet to calculate your personalized 2011 corn break-even price.

Dan Kaiser, U of MN Soil Fertility Specialist, will conduct a hands-on lab demonstration on corn nutrient deficiencies and toxicities. Jeff Vetsch, U of MN Southern Research and Outreach Center Soil Scientist, will demonstrate different planter attachments and fertilizer delivery system options to improve corn yields.


Sessions are FIRST COME FIRST SERVED, so REGISTER NOW!


Details
Location: South Central College in North Mankato
Date and Time: Registration 8:00 - 8:30, program from 8:30 AM to 3:00 PM December 17th, 2010
Cost: $40 if Pre-registered by 12/10/10 via mail or 12/14/10 via online, or $50 at the door


A link to the brochure:
http://z.umn.edu/corncollege

A link to Registration:
http://www.regonline.com/CornCollege

In case of inclement weather, please contact the Farm Information Line at 1-800-232-9077.

For more information via the phone, contact the Worthington Regional Extension Office at 1-888-241-4635

By David Nicolai

The 3-day program starts Tuesday, December 7th with the TSP recertification program 10:30 AM - 2:30 PM, AFREC Soil Fertility Research Reports 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. The CPM Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 8th from 8:10 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 9th from 8:00 AM - 3:00 PM.

Please consider attending a workshop focused on late season disease and insect problems in soybeans and corn on Wednesday, August 25th. The workshop will take place at the University of Minnesota Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca from 9:00 to Noon.

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 David Nicolai

The University of Minnesota 2010 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held next week, Tuesday July 20th and Wednesday July 21st at the University of Minnesota SouthWest Research and Outreach Center located near Lamberton, MN. The first day's program will consist of four core disciplines - weed science, soil science, entomology, and a crop growth staging session. The second day's program will consist of current research topics focused on high yield corn and soybean production and pest management. Registration is still available on-line at the Institute for Ag Professionals website until noon on July 19th or in-person at the event in Lamberton.

 

By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The 2010 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 20th - 21st. The University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center at Lamberton, MN will be the host site for the Field School.

Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. The first day's program

on July 20 will consist of four disciplines - weed science, soil science, entomology, and a crop

diagnostics session.

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.

By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Agronomists, Ag Salespeople (seeds, chemicals, and fertilizers), Crop Consultants, Crop Production Specialists, Regional Extension Educators, Agriculture Government Agency Personnel, Farm Managers, and other professionals are invited to attend one of the University of Minnesota Research Updates held around Minnesota in early January, 2010. Participants may take advantage of the early registration discount by registering either on on-line or via mail prior to Jan 1st, 2010. On-line and On-site registration is available after January 1st.

U of M Hosts Conservation Tillage Conference

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U of M hosts Conservation Tillage Conference in Morton

University of Minnesota Extension will host the sixth annual Conservation Tillage Conference and tradeshow Jan. 27th and 28th, 2010, at Jackpot Junction, 39375 County Hwy. 24, Morton.

Conserve soil, time and fuel with conservation tillage. This conference will send you home with hands-on, how-to information in nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Whether you are an experienced steward looking to fine-tune what you are doing, a crop consultant who helps growers, or a novice looking to get his feet wet, put this conference on your calendar now.

This year includes several of the leading industry and University researchers in the Northern Corn Belt. This 2-day conference and tradeshow will offer a full range of topics including:
¨ Weed species shift and control
¨ Crop production in no-till
¨ Soil physical characteristics and nutrient availability
¨ Government policy concerning reduced tillage
¨ Benefits and challenges of reduced tillage
¨ Corn nematode management
¨ Seed treatments and fungicide

The University of Minnesota and neighboring states have conducted extensive research comparing tillage systems, including strip tillage. In addition to the research-based presentations, a panel of experienced conservation tillage farmers will provide management tips and answer questions.

The program is packed with valuable information you won't want to miss. So make this year's Conservation Tillage Conference a must-attend session. The conference runs from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Jan. 27, and from 8 a.m. to 12:15 Jan. 28.

The registration fee is $125 per person, which includes continuing education units (CEUs). An early bird fee of $100 per person is offered for those paying by Jan 8, 2010.

More information, including schedules, maps, contacts and exhibitor registration is available at www.tillageconference.com.

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension crops educator
phone: (507) 337-2816
email: dejon003@umn.edu

Ryan Miller, Extension crops educator
phone: (507) 529-2759
email: mill0869@umn.edu

2010 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

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By David Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

Face the 2010 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 2010 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 2010.


 

Registration

By David Nicolai, IAP Coordinator

Due to the late harvest the early discounted registration rate has been extended until November 27th for the Minnesota Crop Pest Managagement Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show set for December 8th through the 10th, 2009 at the Minneapolis Convention Center.  The 3-day program starts Tuesday, December 8th with the TSP recertification program and MCPR's plenary session and annual meeting.  On Wednesday, December 9th, the program will continue with pesticide applicator recertification for categories A (Core) and C (Field Crop Pest Management) and the Crop Pest Management Short Course.

Growing the Bioeconomy conference, Dec. 1-2

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You are invited to a conference at the University of Minnesota campus, Dec. 1-2:

Growing the Bioeconomy: Solutions for Sustainability
Dec. 1-2, University of Minnesota Continuing Education and Conference Center, St. Paul campus

Hosted by University of Minnesota Extension and the University of Minnesota Initiative for Renewable Energy and the Environment. Cost is $50 per day, $85 for both days.
Program schedule and registration: http://www.extension.umn.edu/biorenewables/

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?


Northwest Research and Outreach Center - Crookston

Crops and Soils Day

Friday, July 17, 2009 8:00 A.M.

By Lizabeth Stahl

Hear the latest University of Minnesota research and information on strip tillage and compare strip-tillage equipment in action through field demonstrations at the 2009 "Minnesota Strip Till Expo" on Tuesday, August 11th, at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton.  This event will run, rain or shine, from 9:00 to 4:00, with registration starting at 8:30.  Entry to the Expo is free with lunch and refreshments available on the grounds for a fee.     

By David Nicolai

 

2009 U of M Field School for Ag Professionals Registration is open. Register by July 7th in order to receive a discount

Online registration is available for the 2009 Field School for Ag Professionals to be held on July 15 - 16. The University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston will be the host site for the Field School. Participants may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. The first day's program on July 15 will consist of four disciplines - weed science, soil science, entomology, and a crop diagnostics session. Students will attend each of these 1.5 hour hands-on sessions. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Soil & Water, Pest Management, and Crop Management will be offered. Instructors will include University of Minnesota State Extension Specialists and Regional Extension Educators.

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.

Online registration is now available for the 2009 Field School for Ag Professionals to be held on July 15 – 16. The University of Minnesota Northwest Research and Outreach Center in Crookston will be the host site for the Field School.

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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