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Get ready for 2024 with the latest crop production information!

Photo: Liz Stahl, UMN Extension

Get ready for the 2024 growing season and learn about the latest developments in crops research from both University of Minnesota Extension and the Regional and Outreach Centers.  Take advantage of the following opportunities:

Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops starts January 10 (online)

Strategic Farming kicks off January 10 with Dr. Frayne Olson, Crops economist at North Dakota State University. He will discuss grain prices and marketing strategies in light of geopolitics and increased soybean crushing capacity. Join us at 9 a.m. Wednesdays from Jan 10 through March 27 and come with your questions! To see the full program and to register, visit

Winter Crops Day, Southern Research and Outreach Center, January 11

Registration begins at 8:30 with the program beginning at 9:00 am and concluding at 3:00 p.m. This event is FREE to attend and you do not have to pre-register. CEUs will be available for Certified Crop Advisors. Topics include:
  • Optimum nitrogen rates for corn in southern MN
    Jeff Vetsch, Researcher at SROC
  • Nutrient availability of manure
    Melissa Wilson, UM Extension nutrient management specialist
  • Sulfur source and timing effects on corn yield
    Dan Kaiser, UM Extension nutrient management specialist
  • Critical period for yield determination in soybean
    Anibal Cerrundo, visiting soybean agronomist from Argentina (working with Seth Naeve)
  • Mid-season application of nitrogen and sulfur for corn.
    Jeff Coulter, UM Extension corn agronomist
  • Weed management in corn and soybeans
    Tom Hoverstad, SROC Researcher
For more information, visit

Research Updates for Ag Professionals

Research Updates for Ag Professionals address strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties and nutrient and environmental recommendations. Visit with experienced university researchers and your colleagues to discuss topics of interest to your region.
  • Jan. 11, 12:30-5 p.m. Northwest Research & Outreach Center, Crookston
  • Feb. 6, 9-10:45 a.m. Online with pest management focus
  • Feb. 9, 9-10:45 a.m. Online with agronomy focus
  • Feb. 15, 9-10:45 a.m. Online with soil fertility focus
For more information, visit

Nitrogen: Minnesota's Grand Challenge and Compelling Opportunity Conference

This annual event will be held Tuesday, February 13 at the Holiday Inn & Suites in St. Cloud, MN. Soil scientists and educators from Minnesota and neighboring states to share their research and recommendations on nitrogen management and water quality issues.

To register, visit In-person event or online webinar (Zoom).

Nutrient Management Conference

This event will be held Tuesday, February 20 at the Mayo Clinic Health Systems Event Center in Mankato, MN. Soil scientists and educators from Minnesota and neighboring states to share their research and recommendations.

To register: visit In-person event or online event (Zoom).

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