ST. PAUL, Minn. (8/5/2013) —Visitors to the 32nd annual Farmfest next month will have opportunities to learn about climate, plant insects and disease, weed resistance, and other crop concerns at this year's University of Minnesota exhibit. Farmfest, the state's largest farm-related gathering, takes place on Aug. 6, 7 and 8 at the Gilfillan Estate in Redwood County, Minn.
Mark Seeley, University of Minnesota Extension climatologist, will share data on drought, soil recharge and the current weather outlook. University displays will include new information about nutrient management, different approaches to field drainage, soybean aphid and nematode control, identifying Goss's Wilt in corn and more.
University and Extension experts will be on hand to present and discuss their topics in the following schedule (subject to change):
Mark Seeley (climate), Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. - noon
Dave Nicolai (crops/pests), Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. - noon
Mike Reese (renewable energy), Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. - noon
Jodi DeJong-Hughes (crops/tillage), Tuesday, Aug. 6, noon - 2 p.m.
Bruce Potter (integrated pest management), Tuesday, Aug. 6, noon - 2 p.m.
Jose Hernandez (soils), Tuesday, Aug. 6, 10 a.m. - noon, and noon - 2 p.m.
Brad Carlson (drainage), Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. - noon
Seth Naeve (soybeans), Wednesday, Aug. 7, noon - 2 p.m.
Bob Koch (insects), Wednesday, Aug. 7, 10 a.m. - noon
Brian Buhr (ag economics), Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. - noon, and noon - 2 p.m.
Nathan Winter (crops) Thursday, Aug. 8, 10 a.m. - noon, and noon - 2 p.m.
Also, look for several of these experts at the Minnesota Corn Growers and Minnesota Soybean tents.
Farmfest is also about fun: visitors can have their pictures taken with Goldy Gopher and register for Gopher football tickets to the first-ever Celebrate Ag and Food Day game. There will also be activities for kids at the University of Minnesota tent.
In addition, 76 Minnesota families will be honored by the University as 2013 Minnesota Farm Families of the Year, for their contributions to agriculture and their local communities. Gov. Mark Dayton has proclaimed Thurs., Aug. 8 as Farm Family Recognition Day. The families will be honored at a ceremony beginning at 1:30 p.m. in the Forum Tent.
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