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Small Grain Summer Plot Tours

by Jared Goplen, Extension educator and Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist
People in wheat field

University of Minnesota Extension is offering four Small Grain Summer Plot Tours across MN in June and July to address small grain production issues, variety performance, and insect and disease pests.

These programs are designed to provide farmers and crop consultants the tools needed to make small grains successful and profitable. This includes information on production agronomics, variety selection, disease identification, fungicide use, fertility, and economics. These programs are interactive and discussion based, featuring a tour of current research plots and discussion of on-farm experiences.

Dates, Locations, and Times

Southern Tour

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 – Le Center, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch served at farm prior to the plot tour. Ruth Hoef/Ron Pomiji Farm (Lat/Long: 44.4569, -93.6785)
  • Thursday, June 28, 2018 – New Ulm, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Meal served following the tour. Starkeller (Lat/Long: 44.3342, -94.4942)
  • Friday, June 29, 2018 – Kimball, 12:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch served at the Pearl Lake Lodge prior to plot tour Dave Lochen Farm (Lat/Long: 45.4003, -94.3218)
  • Monday, July 2, 2018 – Benson, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lunch served following the tour. Lee’s Seed Farm (Lat/Long: 45.3896, -95.5213)

Northern Tour

  • Monday, July 16, 2018 – Fergus Falls, 8:30 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. Rolls and coffee served at plot tour. John Walkup Farm (Lat/Long: 46.0907, -96.1731)
  • Tuesday, July 17, 2018 – Oklee, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Rolls and coffee served at plot tour. Swenson Seed Farm (Lat/Long: 47.7790, -95.8593)
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 – Hallock, 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Rolls and coffee served at plot tour. Neil and Mark Wiese Farm (Lat/Long: 48.9198, -97.0680)
  • Friday, July 20, 2018 – Strathcona, 12:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Lunch served prior to the plot tour Jim Kukowksi Seed Farm (Lat/Long: 48.5745, -96.2220)

Presenters will vary by location and include Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Specialist, Madeleine Smith, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Pathologist, Phil Glogoza, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Crops, Jared Goplen, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Crops, and Angie Peltier, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Crops.

View brochures for the Northern small grains tour or Southern small grains tour. Preregistration is not required and there is no cost to attend.

For more information contact Jared Goplen (320-589-1711 x2128 or gople007@umn.edu) or Jochum Wiersma (218-281-8629 or wiers002@umn.edu).
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