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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.

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.  


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 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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