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Register now for Strategic Farming 2021: Let’s Talk Crops!

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By Liz Stahl, Extension Educator - Crops 

Reminder – if you haven’t yet, please be sure to register for the Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops program! You can join in on the discussion from the comforts of your own living room, or bring the conversation with you as you go about your day. Whatever works best for you, we hope you will join us this winter to discuss some of the key issues and questions around crop production facing Minnesota corn and soybean farmers today. Sessions will be held over Zoom, which can be accessed via your computer, phone or other mobile device, and run from 8:30 to 9:00 am on Wednesdays, January 6 through March 24.

Register online

These online sessions will be very informal and open to all interested. Each session will start with a brief presentation (about 10 minutes) by the discussion leaders for the day, followed by 20 minutes of discussion, framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic. These programs are being offered at no charge, thanks to support from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council.

Speakers will include researchers and educators from the University of MN and North Central region, as well as area agency personnel. Resources will be posted prior to the discussions for anyone wishing to take a deeper dive into the topics.

Topics and speakers

  • January 6: Corn Hybrid Selection
    Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist; Dean Malvick, Extension Plant Pathologist; and Tom Hoverstad, Researcher 
  • January 13: Soybean Variety Selection
    Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist, and Dean Malvick, Extension Plant Pathologist 
  • January 20: Herbicide Technology Traits - What to use Where, When, and How?
    Debalin Sarangi, Extension Weed Specialist, and Tom Peters, Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist 
  • January 27: Broadcasting Versus Banding P & K
    Jeff Vetsch, Researcher, and Dan Kaiser, Extension Nutrient Management Specialist 
  • February 3: Third Crops Ready to Work for You
    Jochum Wiersma, Extension Small Grains Specialist, and Craig Sheaffer, UMN Forage Specialist 
  • February 10: We've Got You Covered. The latest on cover crop research and tools you can use
    Axel Garcia y Garcia, Sustainable Cropping Systems; Anna Cates, Extension Soil Health Specialist; and Gregg Johnson, Biomass Cropping Systems
  • February 17: Adjusting Soil pH to Maximize Crop Production
    Dan Kaiser, Extension Nutrient Management Specialist and Jeff Vestch, Researcher 
  • February 24: The Nuts 'n Bolts of On-Farm Research: Doin' it Right
    R.L. (Bob) Neilsen, Extension Corn Specialist, Purdue University, and Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Specialist 
  • March 3: Making Every Acre Pay
    Naeem Kalwar, Extension Soil Health Specialist, North Dakota State University; Tanner Bruse, MN Ag & Conservation Programs Manager, Pheasants Forever; and Alan Lepp, NRCS 
  • March 10: What Insects are Bugging Your Corn this Year?
    Ken Ostlie, Extension Entomologist, and Bruce Potter, Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist 
  • March 17: SCN: So Tough a Threat, it Warrants a Coalition
    Greg Tylka, Nematologist, Iowa State University; Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist; and Samuel Markell , Extension Broadleaf Plant Pathologist, North Dakota State University 
  • March 24: Stand Establishment for Corn and Soybean
    Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist; Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist; and Dean Malvick, Extension Plant Pathologist 

For more details on each session and to register, go to

You need only register once for the program series. At registration, please take a moment to let us know what questions you would like highlighted during the discussions. Not able to attend a day? No problem. Sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later at your convenience.

Register online

If you are unfamiliar with Zoom, details will be included at registration on how to access the sessions on your computer (all you need is the link) or mobile device.

We hope you will take this opportunity to join with U of MN Extension in discussing crop topics at our “Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops!” program!
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