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Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops kicks off with weather and economic forecasts

By Dave Nicolai, Extension Educator – Crops and Phyllis Bongard, Content development and communications specialist

Join us January 11th, 9-10 a.m. for the Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops! webinar series kick off when we look ahead to 2023 and discuss weather, economic and supply chain forecasts with guests Ed Usset and Pete Boulay.

Ed Usset, University of Minnesota Grain Marketing Economist, Center for Farm Financial Management will review and update price prospects for old and new crop grain. He'll also analyze the upcoming expansion of the soybean crushing industry and long-term impacts on Minnesota and national markets.

Will there be any drought relief this winter? Pete Boulay, Assistant State Climatologist in the Minnesota State Climate Office, will discuss the outlook for temperatures and precipitation this winter and discuss how that may impact drought-stressed areas of Minnesota this spring and the potential for recovery before final soil freeze-up. 

Bring your questions for the speakers! Sessions will be very informal and open to all interested. After brief speaker presentations, discussion will be framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic. 

Join us for other sessions in the series

  • January 18: What's bugging my corn? An outlook on corn rootworm and more
    Anthony Hanson, Extension educator – crops, and other IPM specialists
  • January 25: Climate factors and nitrogen management
    Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist, and Brad Carlson, Extension educator – water resources
  • February 1: Semi-dwarf corn & SCN breeding efforts
    Rex Bernardo, Professor and Endowed Chair, Corn Breeding and Genetics, and Aaron Lorentz, Associate Professor, Soybean Breeding and Genetics
  • February 8: Are biologicals in corn & soybean logical?
    Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist, and Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist
  • February 15: Weed management in the era of increasing herbicide resistance
    Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed management specialist
  • February 22: "Can I take an N credit?" and other cover crop FAQs
    Anna Cates, State soil health specialist, and Matt Ruark, Extension soil scientist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • March 1: Expanding your rotation with small grains
    Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist
  • March 8: Corn Tar Spot: Distribution, development, and management
    Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist, and Darcy Telenko, Extension field crop pathologist, Purdue University
  • March 15: Alfalfa weevil and other alfalfa management challenges
    Craig Shaeffer, Extension forage agronomist and Anthony Hanson, Extension educator - crops 
  • March 22: Soybean Pests - What's up with the new and old...are they a big deal?
  • Bob Koch, Extension entomologist
  • March 29: Get your planters ready
    Extension researchers, educators, and agronomists
For more details on each session, go to

Register now

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.

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How it works

Once you register for a webinar in the Strategic Farming series, you'll receive a confirmation email.

You'll also receive reminder emails with a link to the webinar prior to the event. There's no need to download any apps or programs to join. Simply click on "Launch from my browser" in the "Join the webinar" window on your computer or mobile device.

You are welcome to attend any and all of the Strategic Farming webinars in the series. You will only need to register once.

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 2023!

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