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Mark your calendar: Agronomy Field Tour June 20th in Waseca

Join us at the Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) in Waseca, Minnesota on Tuesday, June 20th for SROC’s annual summer field tour. University of Minnesota researchers will discuss their recent research on corn production issues, corn and soybean weed management, biological soil fertility products, cover crops, and manure management.

Registration will begin at 8:30 a.m. the day of the event in the SROC Administration Building (35838 120th St, Waseca, MN 56093). The field tour will conclude at approximately 11:30 a.m., followed by lunch and time for questions. The tour will be held rain or shine. In the event of inclement weather, this program will be held in the SROC Administration Building.

The registration fee is $40 (cash or check only). The fee helps pay for the costs of the tour, handout materials, morning refreshments, and lunch. Continuing education units (CEUs) for certified crop advisors have been applied for.

Topics and speakers

  • Corn Production Issues - Jeff Coulter, UM Extension Corn Agronomist: The corn planting season began very early for some in southern Minnesota then weather delays and flooding rains resulted in later planting and replanting for many corn growers. Jeff will discuss crop development and yield potential in all these situations.
  • Corn and Soybean Weed Management - Tom Hoverstad, SROC, Agronomy Researcher: University weed management researchers have trials evaluating products marketed to corn and soybean producers across the state of Minnesota. Tom will be at one of these sites to discuss performance of these products with emphasis on new products for weed control in corn and soybeans
  • Nutrient Management in Cover Crop Systems - Jeff Vetsch, SROC, Nutrient Management Researcher: Planting crops that provide winter soil cover is getting more attention from Minnesota farmers each year. Jeff will present results from research where cover crops are used in a corn grain and silage cropping system with emphasis on how nutrient management and water quality may be affected by cover crops.
  • Biological Inputs for Corn and Soybean – Dan Kaiser, UM Extension, Nutrient Management Researcher: Products derived from naturally occurring organisms that potentially enhance crop health and fertilizer uptake are available for corn and soybean production. Dan will discuss research he has done on these products and will discuss any potential benefits they may have for Minnesota farmers.
  • Nutrient Management in Manure Systems - Melissa Wilson, UM Extension, Manure Nutrient Management Specialist: Manure is utilized as a nutrient source for many Minnesota corn and soybean growers. Melissa is researching many ways of applying manure to maximize the nutrient benefits. Much of this work is done at the SROC and results from several of these trials will be summarized.

About SROC

The Southern Research and Outreach Center (SROC) conducts innovative basic and applied research in the areas of agricultural production, human health, renewable energy, and the environment. SROC is one of 10 unique Research and Outreach Centers throughout Minnesota within the University of Minnesota’s College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS). SROC research and outreach programs focus on advanced cropping systems, dairy calf nutrition, swine nutrition and management, horticultural science, soybean cyst nematology, soil science, and bio-based products and renewable energy. Learn more about SROC at


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