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Monday, November 30, 2015

U of M Extension and NDSU Extension host 2015 Conservation Tillage Conference in Willmar, MN

Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator-Crops

Whether you are a novice, crop consultant, or experienced in conservation tillage, this conference is for you. The 2015 Conservation Tillage conference will be taking place in Willmar, MN on December 15th and 16th, 2015.

The schedule includes a wide variety of speakers including experienced growers, agronomists and academic experts. With the extensive panel of speakers, members will learn about nearly every aspect of conservation tillage. Attendees that stay for the entire duration of the conference will be offered seven CEUs.

Topics covered include; residue management, effective use of strip till and vertical till, cover crops, managing big data, weed management and fertility in reduced till systems. Informal table talk sessions will follow to allow for time to interact with speakers and industry. A farmer panel will round out day 1, where farmers using multiple tillage systems will talk about their experience and "tricks" they’ve learned over the years. The second day will start with hands on demos to show soil health parameters and also weed management. Keynote speakers, John Heard and Daryl Ritchison, will talk about variability in soil and also erosion. Over 25 vendors representing equipment and educational information will be on-site throughout both days.

Early bird fee is $125 for the full conference. Prices will rise to $155 after December 1, 2015. Register online at or call 320-235-0726 x2001.

Visit for more information on the agenda, lodging, program speakers and to register or download the Conservation Tillage Conference brochure.

Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Minnesota Soybean Variety Trials Available

by Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist

The 2015 Minnesota Soybean Variety Trials are now available at

Each year Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists conduct performance tests of public and private soybean entries at several locations throughout the state. Yield, quality characteristics, and chlorosis score evaluations of the entries are included by region. The summary also includes special use variety trials and variety performance in SCN-infested fields.

For more information on soybean production, visit

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trial results and criteria for corn hybrid selection

by Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist

corn hybrid trial
Few agronomic decisions for corn are as important as hybrid selection. Results from the 2015 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are available at:

When selecting hybrids, it is best to choose those that perform well over multiple locations in a region. Consistent performance over multiple locations with different soil and weather conditions is critical because next year’s growing conditions are uncertain.

Friday, November 13, 2015

REMINDER: "What’s Working and What’s not in Corn and Soybean Insect Management" Update Session

by Fritz Breitenbach and Lisa Behnken

Questions continue to be asked about how the current corn rootworm and soybean aphid situation in southern Minnesota and how best to manage these pests.

Please join University of Minnesota Extension IPM Specialist, Fritz Breitenbach, and Regional Educator, Lisa Behnken, on Nov 23, 2015 for presentations and discussion on the evolving management of corn rootworm and soybean aphids. Guest speakers will be Dr. Kenneth Ostlie and Dr. Robert Koch, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologists.

When: Monday, November 23rd, 2015
 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Heinz Center, RM HB117
RCTC Campus, Rochester, MN                                                                                                           

Meeting location map:

This update session does not have a fee as it is held in conjunction with the MN Extension IPM Program.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Minnesota’s help sought in herbicide resistance survey

Allison Sandve, U of M Extension

Herbicide-resistant waterhemp in a Minnesota field.
Photo: Liz Stahl, U of M Extension

A multi-state team of university researchers needs help from Minnesota farmers to better understand the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Surveys will be sent by email Nov. 20 to recipients selected for diversity of farm size, crops grown and geographic location. About 10,000 surveys will be distributed nationwide. Researchers aim to gain deeper insights into herbicidal resistance in corn, soybean, sugarbeets and cotton—its causes, consequences and strategies used to cope with it.

2015 University of Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show: December 8th to 10th

By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program and MCPR Trade Show starts Tuesday, December 8th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers " Fertilizer Market Fundamentals, GMO and Regulatory Update" 1:00 PM - 3:00 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 9th starting at 8:00 AM. Register online or by completing and mailing the registration form which is available on the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers website.

The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 9th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 10th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM. The University of Minnesota Educational Session Agendas and Session Descriptions may be accessed at the Institute for Ag Professionals website

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NDSU stresses grain management is vital now

Source: Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University

After enjoying a generally nice harvest season this year, now is the time for upper Midwestern producers to focus on managing the grain in storage, North Dakota State University's grain handling and storage expert says.

NDSU Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang recommends producers check the moisture content of the grain at a few locations in the bin because this will determine the management steps they need to take to preserve the stored grain.

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