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Thursday, February 23, 2017

Herbicide resistance ready workshops rescheduled due to weather

Lizabeth Stahl, Extension educator

Due to the weather, the "Strategic Farming – Are You Resistance Ready" workshops scheduled for Hutchinson and St. James on Friday, February 24, have been postponed.

They have been rescheduled for:
  • March 1 at the American Legion (620, 1st Ave. S.) in St. James, from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.
    (On-site registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
  • March 7 at the Event Center (1005 Highway 15 S.) in Hutchinson, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (On-site registration starts at 1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Extension Drainage Design Workshop

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be held at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, ND March 2 – 3. The workshop is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University Extension.

The 2-day workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshop will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Jan. 5/19 & Feb. 2 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

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

See links to my summaries from Jan. 5 & 19 and Feb. 2, 2017 Sauk Centre Hay Auction
1. Jan. 5, 2017 Summary- All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality
2. Jan. 19, 2017 Summary
3. Feb. 2, 2017 Summary
4. History of Selected Lots
5 Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
              The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.

Continue reading for other sources of hay market information, related notes, and calendar reminders...

Workshop offers insect management advice under low crop prices, Bt and insecticide resistance

Bruce Potter, IPM specialist

Corn and soybean growers, and those who advise them, often have insect management questions for which the correct answer is, "It depends."

Insecticide resistant populations increase the difficulty of soybean aphid management decisions. Which insecticide group should be used? What about a pre or tank mix? Will seed treatments or earlier applications help?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reminder: Are you resistance ready? workshops offered Feb 22, 23, and 24

by Lizabeth Stahl, Extension educator - crops

Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years. Herbicide-resistant weeds are a significant management challenge, and resistance issues are expanding in scope and geography. Once herbicide-resistance is discovered in a weed population, it doesn’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.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Learn how to improve cover crop management at workshops

Jake Overgaard, UMN Extension educator

Farmers are gaining confidence in using cover crops more each year. Whether used for soil erosion, capturing nutrients, breaking disease cycles, improving soil health, adding organic matter, or one of the many other benefits, cover crops can be beneficial.

However, in spite of the many benefits, challenges exist. Upcoming workshops in St. Charles on February 28th and in Owatonna on March 2nd will address some of these challenges, including  managing residual herbicide effects, establishing the cover crop and interseeding, and managing manure application timing.
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