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Webinar recordings available now

Phyllis Bongard, Lisa Behnken and Liz Stahl

If you missed attending any of the “socially distant” webinar series we offered this winter/spring, no worries. Recordings and additional resources for the Strategic Farming: Optimizing management for 2020, Soybean Symposium and Essential row crop management (collaboration with Iowa State University) webinar series are available now on the University of Minnesota Extension website.

Strategic Farming: Optimizing management for 2020

The Strategic Farming series provides up-to-date crop production strategies to help you optimize your inputs for the 2020 growing season. The series included 5 one-hour webinars with university specialists; each webinar focused on a different topic area and included time for Q&A with the participants:
  • A back to basics approach for nutrient management with Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist and Brad Carlson, Extension educator in water quality
  • Soybean management for 2020 and beyond with Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist and Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist 
  • Cover crops: Matching your management strategies and goals with Axel Garcia y Garcia, Agronomist - Sustainable crop systems and Paulo Pagliari, Nutrient management specialist 
  • New pests and pathogens complicate corn and soybean production with Bruce Potter, IPM specialist on soybean gall midge and Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist on tar spot in corn and frogeye leaf spot in soybean. 
  • Hot topics in weed management: Putting the pieces together with Lisa Behnken and Jared Goplen, Extension educators - crops. 

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Soybean Symposium

The theme for the 2020 Soybean Symposium centered around the question - “How resilient is our global food system?” Demand and supply side topics considered the effects of several factors on the current global food system (tariffs, novel diseases, climate and societal challenges):
  • Introduction and opening comments with Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist and Bill Gordon, ASA president and Minnesota farmer
  • Global Trade Update with Ed Usset, Grain marketing economist 
  • China Update: The latest on ASF and COVID-19 from the ground with Dr. Lin Tan, Hopeful Group 
  • Demand Side Q&A 
  • Animal Production: Is global animal production susceptible to novel disease outbreaks? with Drs. Kaushi Kanankege and Marie Culhane, U of MN 
  • The Changing Climate of Minnesota and the Upper Midwest with Dr. Kenneth Blumenfeld, Minnesota State Climatology Office 
  • Crop Production: Can we continue to do business as usual? with Dr. Todd Peterson, Agronomy consultant 
  • Supply Side Q&A 

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Essential row crop management

This “socially distant” webinar series was a collaboration between Iowa State University Extension and Outreach and University of Minnesota Extension. Specialists from both states provided a daily webinar for farmers, ag professionals, Extension personnel and other interested parties during the week of April 6. Each 30-minute webinar included a short discussion on a key topic followed by time for questions and answers.
  • Top 3 tips for cover crop termination with Meaghan Anderson, Extension field agronomist, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach
  • Grain storage management for spring with Shawn Shouse, Extension ag engineer, Iowa State University Extension and Outreach 
  • Ensuring high quality dry fertilizer applications with Matt Darr, Professor, ISU Agricultural and Biosystems Engineering and Ryan Bergman, Program coordinator 
  • Pre-emergence herbicide programs with Lisa Behnken, Extension educator - crops 
  • Tillage options this spring with Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator - water resources 

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Additional resources

For more crop production information from University of Minnesota Extension, visit
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