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Stay Frosty with Small Grain Winter Updates


Herbicide resistant weeds, rotation adapted insect pests, and narrow windows for doing all field operations can seem insurmountable. Can adding a small grain help with any of those issues? Once we get these species in the ground, what is the best way to ensure profitability and yield?

University of Minnesota Extension is offering small grain workshops across Minnesota in February to address successful small grain management. Workshops will focus on production agronomics, variety selection, and economics, and will include an open-forum discussion for related topics and on-farm experiences. These events are sponsored by the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

Presenters may vary by location, but all will include Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Specialist. Le Center and Slayton workshops will also include Diane Dewitte, University of Minnesota Extension Swine Educator who will discuss research involving organic rye and hog production.

Please register for free online by visiting or by calling the local contacts at the workshop you wish to attend. Registration is important for accurate meal count at sites having lunch.

Dates, Locations, Times and Contacts are as follows:

  • Monday, February 20 - Rochester, Rochester Extension Office, 140 Elton Hills Lane NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 1:00pm – 3:30pm, no lunch. (Contact Nathan Drewitz at 507-258-8775)
  • Tuesday, February 21 - Le Center, 4H Family Center, Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, 320 S Plut Ave, Le Center, MN 56057, 9:00am - 11:30am, with lunch after meeting. (Contact Shane Bugeja at 507-357-8232, please register by Feb 19 for meal count)
  • Wednesday, February 22 - Cold Spring, Great Blue Heron, 305 5th Ave S, Cold Spring, MN 56320, 9:00am - 11:30am, with lunch after meeting. (Contact Joe Krippner at 320-980-2915, please register by Feb 20 for meal count)
  • Thursday, February 23 - Slayton, Murray County 4H-Building, 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172, 1:00pm – 4:30pm. Join the morning crops program from 9:00am – 12:15pm w/ lunch after (Contact Murray Co. Extension Office at 507-836-6927, please register by Feb 21 for meal count)
  • Friday, February 24 - Benson, McKinney's on Southside, 300 14th St S, Benson, MN 56215, 10:00am – 12:00pm and includes lunch. (Contact Scott Lee at 320-760-6129, please register by Feb 22 for meal count)
  • Monday, February 27 - Grand Rapids, North Central Research & Outreach Center, 1861 E. US Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 1 – 3:30pm, with lunch at Noon. (Contact Troy Salzer 218-591-0478, please register by Feb 24 for meal count)

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