Strategic Farming 2021: Let’s Talk Crops

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Lizabeth Stahl

WORTHINGTON — Pull up a chair and join in or bring the conversation with you as you go about your day. Whatever works best for you, join University of Minnesota Extension this winter to discuss some of the key issues and questions around crop production facing Minnesota corn and soybean farmers today.

Sessions will be offered via Zoom and accessed from your computer, phone or other mobile device. Each session will run from 8:30 to 9 a.m. on Wednesdays, Jan. 6 through March 24.

The online sessions will be very informal and open to all interested individuals. Each session will start with a brief presentation (about 10 minutes), followed by 20 minutes of discussion, framed around farmer/participant questions on the topic.

Speakers will include researchers and educators from the University of Minnesota and North Central region, as well as area agency personnel.

Topics and speakers include:


Jan. 6: Corn hybrid selection. Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist, Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist and Tom Hoverstad, researcher.

Jan. 13: Soybean variety selection. Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist and Dean Malvick.

Jan. 20: "Herbicide Technology Traits: What to Use Where, When, and How?" Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed specialist and Tom Peters, Extension sugarbeet agronomist.

Jan. 27: Broadcasting versus Banding P & K. Jeff Vetsch, researcher and Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist.

Feb. 3: "Third Crops Ready to Work for You." Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist and Craig Sheaffer, forage specialist.

Feb. 10: "We’ve Got You Covered: The Latest on Cover Crop Research and Tools You Can Use." Axel Garcia y Garcia, sustainable cropping systems, Anna Cates, Extension state soil health specialist and Gregg Johnson, biomass cropping systems.

Feb. 17: Adjusting soil pH to maximize crop production. Dan Kaiser and Jeff Vetsch.

Feb. 24: "The Nuts’n Bolts of On-farm Research — Doin’ It Right." R.L. (Bob) Nielsen, Extension corn specialist at Purdue University, and Seth Naeve.


March 3: Making every acre pay. Naeem Kalwar, Extension soil health specialist at North Dakota State University, Tanner Bruse, Minnesota Ag & Conservation Programs Manager for Pheasants Forever and Alan Lepp, NRCS.

March 10: What insects are bugging your corn this year? Ken Ostlie, Extension entomologist and Bruce Potter, Extension integrated pest management specialist.

March 17: "SCN: So Tough a Threat, It Warrants a Coalition." Greg Tylka, nematologist at Iowa State University, Seth Naeve and Samuel Markell, Extension broadleaf plant pathologist at North Dakota State University.

March 24: Stand establishment for corn and soybeans. Seth Naeve, Jeff Coulter and Dean Malvick.

For more details on each session and to register, visit . You need only register once for the whole program series. At registration, let us know what questions you would like highlighted during the discussions. There is no charge to participate, and sessions will be recorded and posted for viewing later at your convenience.

If you are not familiar with Zoom, details will be included at registration on how to access the sessions on your computer (all you need is the link) or mobile device.

We hope you will take this opportunity to join with University of Minnesota Extension in discussing crop topics at our “Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops!” program.

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