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Save the dates for summer crop tours and events

Dave Nicolai and Phyllis Bongard

Plan now to attend these summer tours where you can learn about the University of Minnesota's crop production research. Events are scheduled throughout the state and crop producers, their advisers and other ag professionals are encouraged to attend. The following events are listed in chronological order and will be updated as additional details are available. To see all events, visit the UM Extension Crops calendar.

Agronomy Field Tour (SROC)

This outreach program at the University of Minnesota, Southern Research and Outreach Center provides crop production information for corn and soybean growers in southern Minnesota. Tours will highlight U of M research trials conducted in weed control, fertility and crop management. U of M specialists will be there to share results of their research and discuss current crop management issues.

Small grain summer plot tours

  • When: Southern Minnesota tours tentatively scheduled for June 24-28.
    Northern Minnesota tours tentatively scheduled from July 8-12.
  • Where: Several locations, check back for details
These interactive 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.

Rochester weed management tour

Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years with herbicide resistant weeds, new herbicide technologies and challenging weather conditions. This tour will highlight ongoing research that addresses these challenges for crop producers and other ag professionals.

Advanced Corn Agronomy Summit

A new program focused on strategies to enhance corn yield and return on investment while mitigating economic and environmental risks. High-yield management with respect to corn development, hybrid selection, tactics for managing crop sequence, soil, and residue within grain cropping systems, and nutrient management will be discussed. The program will include indoor sessions in the morning, followed by an in-field session in the early afternoon

NWROC Crops and Soils Day

  • When: Wednesday, July 17
  • Where: Northwest Research and Outreach Center (NWROC) North Farm, Hwy 75, Crookston
The Crops and Soils Day will be held at the North Farm, one mile north of the UMN Crookston Campus on Highway 75 north. Crops and Soils Day is intended for producers and agricultural professionals to gather and learn about research being done on a variety of crops by the faculty and staff at the NWROC.

4-H Crop Scouting Competition

  • When: Monday, July 29
  • Where: Southwestern area of Minnesota, Details TBD
4-H and FFA youth will be invited to compete and showcase their crop scouting abilities in corn and soybean fields. Prizes will be awarded to the top three teams, while the top two teams have the opportunity to advance to the multi state competition.

Field School for Ag Professionals

  • When: Tuesday, July 30 and Wednesday, July 31
  • Where: St. Paul campus, University of Minnesota

A hands-on, in-field program emphasizing crop and pest management diagnostic skill building in field crops. This program is targeted toward agronomists, crop production retailers, seed dealers, consultants, crop protection industry representatives, government agency personnel and summer field scouts.

Research plot tour  (SWROC)

  • When: Late July or early August - stay tuned for details
  • Where: Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton, MN
This research plot tour will focus on pest management. Stay tuned for details as they become available on the events page of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center.

SROC Open House

  • When: Thursday, September 12, 4:00 to 8:00 p.m.
  • Where: Southern Research and Outreach Center, Waseca
The public is invited to visit the Southern Research and Outreach Center and learn about University of Minnesota research. A light supper and tours highlighting research projects will be available at the Open House. This event is free and open to the public.
Events will be added to the UM Extension Crops calendar as details are available.

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