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Friday, December 30, 2016

Are you Resistance Ready? Be prepared by attending U of MN Extension workshop

By Liz Stahl, Extension Educator - Crops

Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years. Farmers are faced with a growing number of challenges including weeds resistant to an expanding list of chemistries. Herbicide resistance issues don’t just go away, and an increasing number of weed populations in MN are resistant to multiple herbicide chemistries or site of action (SOA) groups.
Waterhemp-infested field.  Photo Credit:  Liz Stahl, UMN Extension

How can we combat weed resistance issues, and what can we do to help preserve the tools we have including those coming onto the market?

Plan to attend a U of MN Extension “Strategic Farming – Are You Resistance Ready” workshop to learn more about herbicide resistance and what you can do to help manage weeds and prevent resistance issues from expanding. We will also discuss the new herbicide-resistant crop technologies, while learning about the latest research and information on the importance of weed biology and cultural tools to help develop effective weed management programs for today and the long-run.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Dec. 15 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, 320-968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929,

See links note to my summaries from Dec 15, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

1. Dec. 15, 2016 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Start the new year with successful farm business management

Pauline Van Nurden, Extension Educator

The new year is right around the corner and with that comes a blank page to create your financial plan for the coming year. The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council knows the importance of sound farm financial management as well. They are generously sponsoring two workshop sessions aimed directly at building these skills. "Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive & Thrive" workshop will help farmers put these tools into action to gain financial management skills.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Irrigators - Get Nitrogen Smart!

University of Minnesota Extension is pleased to announce three of its popular Nitrogen Smart meetings tailored specifically to the needs of irrigators.  All farmers are under scrutiny for how they manage Nitrogen fertilizer with respect to water quality issues, but none more so than those that have irrigation.

The three hour session will detail water quality issues in Minnesota, how Nitrogen behaves in the environment, recommended Nitrogen fertilizer application practices, and evaluating conservation practices and new technology.

The three meetings will be:  January 2, 1:00 PM, Lakeside, Glenwood; January 4, 1:00 PM, Central Lakes College, Staples, and January 6, 1:00 PM, Pleasant Hill Library, Hastings.  There is no cost to attend due to generous support from the Minnesota Corn Growers and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resources Center.  Preregistration is not required.  Directions and more information can be found at: 

Thursday, December 15, 2016

2017 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

Each year brings new crop production challenges. Keeping up with these new issues is a top priority for agricultural professionals. At the 2017 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. The 2017 Research Update Sessions are scheduled for these locations: Waseca, Kasson and Lamberton (Jan 3, 4 and 5 respectively) and Willmar, Morris and Crookston (Jan 10, 11 and 12 respectively). Registration by site is listed below.

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Dec. 1 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, marte011@umn.ecu, 320-986-5077

Links below for my summaries from Dec 1, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

1. Dec. 1, 2016 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots
Shows Oct to May averages for each of last 6 years, including the 2015/2016 season.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.

Stubby Root Nematode and Sampling in Sugar Beet - A1821

Mohamed F.R. Khan, Professor and Extension Sugarbeet Specialist, North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota; Sahar Arabiat, Research Associate, North Dakota State University; Guiping Yan, Assistant Professor, North Dakota State University; Ashok K. Chanda, Assistant Professor & Extension Sugarbeet Pathologist, University of Minnesota

Stubby root nematode (SRN) represents an economically important group of nematodes belonging to the genera Trichodorus and ParatrichodorusStubby root nematodes often are found in light (sandy) soils and are more problematic when cool, wet soil conditions exist. For example, yield losses as high as 50 percent can be observed in cool and wet growing seasons.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Aphid-resistant soybean varieties available for Minnesota

by Siddhi Bhusal (Postdoctoral Associate), Anthony Hanson (PhD Student), Aaron Lorenz (Assistant Professor) and Robert Koch (Assistant Professor)

Soybean aphid is a significant pest of soybean in Minnesota. Soybean breeders have developed various soybean varieties that carry aphid-resistance traits, in addition to other promising agronomic characteristics. Aphid-resistant varieties can provide an effective, economical, and more environmentally sustainable means of protecting soybean from soybean aphid. A list of commercially available aphid-resistant soybean varieties suitable for Minnesota can be found in
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