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Small Grains Update

Regenerative agriculture, resilient cropping systems, and soil health are just a few of the buzzwords that are busied a lot these days. One of the simplest and fastest ways to accomplish many of the goals that these concepts set out to accomplish is extending your crop rotation beyond the corn-soybean rotation that dominates much of Minnesota.  Can spring or winter wheat, hybrid winter rye, or oats be that third crop? And if so, what does it take to end up in the black with that third crop at the end of the year?

The 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 workshops are sponsored by the Minnesota Wheat Research and Promotion Council.

We ask that you register online ( for these free workshops to ensure that there is just the right amount of coffee and food for you to enjoy.

Details for each event are below:

Monday, February 19 - Rochester:  Rochester Extension Office, 140 Elton Hills Lane NW, Rochester, MN 55901, 9:00 am – 11:00 am, no lunch. (Contact Ryan Miller at 507-280-2863)

Monday, February 19 - Le Center: 4H Family Center, Le Sueur County Fairgrounds, 320 S Plut Ave, Le Center, MN 56057, 1:00 pm  - 3:00 pm with lunch starting at noon. (Contact Shane Bugeja at 507-357-8232, please register by February 16 for meal count)

Tuesday, February 20 - Cold Spring: Great Blue Heron, 305 5th Ave S, Cold Spring, MN 56320, 10:00 am-noon with lunch following the meeting. (Contact Joe Krippner at 320-980-2915, please register by February 19 for meal count)

Thursday, February 22 - Slayton: Murray County 4H-Building, 3048 Broadway Ave, Slayton, MN 56172, 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm. Join the morning crops program from 9:00 am – 12:15 pm with lunch following (Contact Murray Co. Extension Office at 507-836-6927, please register by February 20 for meal count)

Friday, February 23 - Benson: McKinney's on Southside, 300 14th St S, Benson, MN 56215, 10:00 am – 12:00 pm with lunch following the meeting. (Contact Scott Lee at 320-760-6129, please register by February 22 for meal count)

Monday, February 26 - Grand Rapids: North Central Research & Outreach Center, 1861 E. US Hwy 169, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, 12:30 – 3:30 pm with lunch starting at noon. (Contact Jochum Wiersma at 218-281-8629, please register by February 23 for meal count)

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