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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.

Research Updates for Ag Professionals

Three remaining Research Updates are scheduled for this week: January 9 in Morris, January 10 in Willmar, and January 11 in Crookston.

At the Updates, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, and nutrient and environmental recommendations. For the full agenda and to register, visit CCA-CEUs are available

Winter Crops Days (Southern Research and Outreach Center)

Winter Crops Days will be held at four southern Minnesota locations this week: Arlington and Lake Crystal on Thursday, January 11 and Waseca and Rochester on Friday, January 12.

Hear the latest in weed management, soybean production, nitrogen management and disease and insect issues from University of Minnesota Extension and UM Southern Research and Outreach experts. For details, visit

Strategic Farming workshops

The Strategic farming workshops are presented by University of Minnesota Extension and funded by Minnesota Soybean Growers at several locations throughout Minnesota from January 17 through March 2.

The workshops will provide up-to-date strategies to address the many challenges in soybean production. Topics include growing soybeans that out-compete weeds, outsmarting your opponent, breaking the cycle of loving a technology to death, and implementing a game plan. Visit for more information and to register.

Nitrogen Conference

The 2018 Nitrogen Conference will be held Tuesday, February 6 in St. Cloud at the River's Edge Convention Center. It will be held for the fourth time, bringing experts to focus entirely on that valuable input. Current topics in crop production and environmental stewardship will be relevant and informative for today's agricultural producers and professionals. For more information and to register, visit

Winter Crops Days

Southwest and West Central Research and Outreach Centers will be presenting Crops Days at three locations:
  • Wednesday, February 7 at Southwest Research & Outreach Center, Lamberton 10:00 - 3:15
  • Thursday, February 8 at Grand Prairie Events, Luverne 10:00 - 3:15
  • Friday, February 9 at West Central Research & Outreach Center, Morris 10:00 - 3:15
For more information, visit

Nutrient Management Conference

The 10th Annual Nutrient Management Conference will be held on February 20 at the Verizon Center in Mankato. Sessions will cover trends in phosphorus and sulfur management, in-season nitrogen applications and cures for phosphorus runoff losses from farmland. For more details and to register, visit 10th Annual Nutrient Management Conference.
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