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Register now! Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops begins January 10

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Register now for the 2024 Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops series and join us to discuss key issues and questions around commodity crop production facing Minnesota farmers today. This live, online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize your crop management strategies for 2024.

The webinar series kicks off on January 10 and will run through March 27. Sessions will be held over Zoom, which can be accessed via your computer, phone or other mobile device, and run from 9:00 to 10:00 am Wednesdays. 

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

Topics and speakers:

  • January 10: Grain prices and marketing strategies given current geopolitics & soybean crush capacity
    Frayne Olson, Crops economist/Marketing specialist, North Dakota State University
  • January 17: Join us LIVE at the MN Ag Expo (no Zoom session today)
  • January 24: Big Data & Corn Genomics - what does it all mean for you?
    Candice Hirsch, Corn genomics professor & Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist
  • January 31: Pushing soybean maturity to the max
    Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist
  • February 7: Making herbicides work better PART 1: Making choices and spray adjustments to ensure a successful application.
    Tommy Butts, Extension weed scientist, University of Arkansas, and Tom Hoverstad, Researcher at Southern Research and Outreach Center 
  • February 14: Making herbicides work better PART 2: Demystifying adjuvants
    Joe Ikley, Assistant Professor/Extension Weed Specialist, North Dakota State University & Greg Dahl, Adjuvant development advisor
  • February 21: What pays for soybean insect management?
    Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist
  • February 28: Thirsty cover crops - do they impact our cash crops?
    Anna Cates, State soil health specialist & Dan Smith, Nutrient and pest management outreach specialist, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • March 6: Fertilizer - How to get your best ROI
    Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist & Jeff Vetsch, Researcher at UMN Southern Research & Outreach Center
  • March 13: Are we smarter than the average European corn borer and corn rootworm?
    Fei Yang, Extension corn entomologist
  • March 20: Efficacy matters: Fungicides for managing specific corn and soybean diseases
    Kiersten Wise, Professor/Extension plant pathologist, University of Kentucky
  • March 27: Look Out! An Update on Emerging Soybean and Corn Diseases
    Dean Malvick, UMN professor and Extension specialist: field crops plant pathology

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 and the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council. Not able to attend a day? No problem. Sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later at your convenience.

CEUs have been applied for, and if approved, will be available for those attending the sessions live.

Register online 

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 to discuss timely issues at our “Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops!” program in 2024!

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

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