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Reminder: Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops! starts January 5. Register now!

by Liz Stahl, Extension educator - crops, and Phyllis Bongard, Content development and communications specialist

If you haven’t done so yet, take a moment and register for the U of MN Extension “Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops” webinar series! This live, online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize crop management strategies for 2022. Sessions will be held over Zoom, which can be accessed via your computer, phone, or other mobile device, from 9:00 to 10:00 am Wednesdays, January 5 through March 30, 2022.

Sessions will be very informal and open to all interested. Each session will start with a brief presentation by the topic leaders for the day, followed by discussion framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic.

Topics and speakers

Speakers include researchers and educators from the University of MN and North Central region.
  • January 5: 2022 Crop fertility adjustments 
    Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist, and Brad Carlson, Extension educator - water resources
  • January 12: 2021-The year when past indiscretions were revealed (think compaction)
    Aaron Daigh, North Dakota State University, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator - water quality
  • January 19: Compare and contrast: Management of corn for grain and silage 
    Joe Lauer, UW-Madison corn agronomist, and Luiz Ferrraretto, UW-Madison ruminant nutritionist
  • January 26: New findings with sulfur fertility 
    Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist, and Jeff Vetsch, Soil scientist
  • February 2: Strategies for effective weed management in 2022 
    Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed scientist
  • February 9: Cover crops: Termination timing and planting green 
    Axel Garcia y Garcia, Sustainable cropping systems specialist, and Anna Cates, State soil health specialist
  • February 16: Tar spot of corn: Status and options for this rising issue 
    Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist, and Nathan Kleczewski, plant pathologist, GROWMARK Inc.
  • February 23: Small grains management update 
    Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist
  • March 2: Soybean gall midge: Knowns and unknowns 
    Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist, Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist and Gloria Melotto, graduate research assistant
  • March 9: Getting ready for corn insects in 2022 
    Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist
  • March 16: Can we store C in a production ag system (and to what benefit)? 
    Anna Cates, State soil health specialist, and Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator - water quality
  • March 23: Biocontrol strategies to manage pests 
    George Heimpel, U of MN entomologist
  • March 30: Taming your fertility and soil amendment input costs 
    U of MN Extension Nutrient management specialists and researchers
For more details on each session, 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. There is no charge to participate, thanks to generous sponsorship from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. 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 not familiar 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 in 2022!

Thanks to the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council for their generous support of this program.

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