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Friday, January 19, 2018

University of Minnesota Soil Testing Lab Completes Renovations

The University of Minnesota's Soil Testing and Research Analytical Lab has undergone a $3 million renovation. The lab is now has fully modernized infrastructure and work space to fulfill the soil testing needs of the state.

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Your Guide to Soil pH and Liming

On this episode, Dan Kaiser, John Lamb and Melissa Wilson talk about soil pH. What is it? Why is it important? How do you change it? How does fertilizer affect it? What about manure? Find out all these answers and more 

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Five Tips for Profitably Managing Sulfur

Daniel Kaiser, Soil Fertility Specialist

Sulfur is becoming increasingly important to crop production in Minnesota. Soil organic matter is a large storehouse for sulfur, but we still run into situations where the crop needs fertilizer S to maintain high yields. Here are five tips for getting the most out of sulfur applied to your fields:

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Crookston Research Update for Ag Professionals Program Rescheduled

by Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

The final University of Minnesota Research Update Session in Crookston, MN originally scheduled for January 11, has been rescheduled for Wednesday, January 24, 2018 due to a winter snow storm.

Monday, January 8, 2018

Take advantage of crop education this winter

Dave Nicolai, Extension Educator-Crops and Phyllis Bongard, Educational Content Development and Communications Specialist

Several opportunities to learn about the University of Minnesota's research in crop production are available this winter at locations throughout the state. Crop producers, their advisors and other ag professionals are encouraged to attend. The following events are listed in chronological order. To see all events (including PPAT workshops), visit UM Extension Crops calendar.

Rye Cover Crops in Corn Production on Irrigated Sands

Natalie Ricks and Fabián Fernández

In Minnesota, approximately 500,000 acres of irrigated farmland are highly productive but susceptible to nitrate leaching to groundwater. Irrigated sandy soils are especially vulnerable to leaching. A recent study from University of Minnesota, with support from Pope County SWCD and the Minnesota Department of Agriculture, evaluated the use of winter rye as a cover crop in corn production. Early results show that a rye cover crop can help reduce nitrogen leaching in a corn after soybean rotation by 45 percent.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Minnesota-specific dicamba training and use requirements

Natalie Hoidal, Tana Haugen-Brown, Dean Herzfeld, and Dave Nicolai

An estimated 10,000+ Minnesotans will use Monsanto, DowDupont, and BASF’s new dicamba products this year. All individuals applying XtendiMax™ with VaporGrip™ Technology (Monsanto, EPA Reg. No. 524-617), FeXapan™ with VaporGrip™ Technology (DowDuPont, EPA Reg. No. 352-913), or Engenia™ (BASF, EPA Reg. No. 7969-345) dicamba products must undergo special product label-required training in order to comply with Minnesota Pesticide Control Law. Because these products are now Restricted Use Pesticides, all applicators of these products must also be a certified Private pesticide applicator or a licensed Commercial or Noncommercial pesticide applicator.
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