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Extension offers strategic webinars on agriculture

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The University of Minnesota Extension offers a series of webinars on the major staple crop production issues facing farmers today.

“Strategic Agriculture: Let’s Talk Crops” is a live, online program providing up-to-date research on how to optimize crop management strategies for 2022.

The sessions will take place from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Wednesdays from January 5 to March 30 on Zoom. Participants can join through a computer, phone or other mobile device.

Each session will include a presentation followed by a discussion on the topic of the day. Topics and speakers will include:

  • January 5: “Crop Fertility Adjustments in 2022” – Dan Kaiser, Nutrient Management Extension Specialist; Brad Carlson, water resources extension worker.

  • January 12: “2021: the year the past indiscretions came to light (think compaction)” – Aaron Daigh, North Dakota State University; Jodi DeJong Hughes, Water Quality Extension Educator.

  • January 19: “Compare and Contrast: Managing Grain Corn and Silage” – Joe Lauer, UW-Madison Corn Agronomist; Luiz Ferraretto, UW-Madison Ruminant Nutritionist.

  • January 26: “New Findings with Sulfur Fertility” – U of M. Nutrient Management Specialists and Researchers

  • February 2: “Strategies for Effective Weed Management in 2022” – Scientists and weed researchers from the U of M.

  • February 9: “Cover crops: Completion time and green planting” – Axel Garcia y Garcia, specialist in sustainable cropping systems; Anna Cates, state soil health specialist.

  • February 16: “Tar spot in corn: status and options for this growing problem” – Dean Malvick, extension plant pathologist; Nathan Kleczewski, plant pathologist at GROWMARK Inc.

  • February 23: “Update on small grain management” – Jochum Wiersma, small grain extension specialist.

  • March 2: “Soybean Midge: Known and Unknown” – Bruce Potter, IPM extension specialist; Bob Koch, Soy Extension Entomologist; Gloria Melotto, graduate research assistant.

  • March 9: “Preparing for corn bugs in 2022” – Bruce Potter, IPM extension specialist.

  • March 16: “Can we store C in an agricultural production system (and to what advantage)? – Anna Cates, state soil health specialist; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Water Quality Extension Educator.

  • March 23: “Biocontrol Strategies for Managing Pests” – George Heimpel, Extension Entomologist.

  • March 30: “Keeping Your Fertility and Soil Amendment Input Costs Under Control” – U of M Extension Nutrient Management Specialists and Researchers.

For more details and to register, visit z.umn.edu/strategic-farming. Only one registration is required for the series of programs. The sessions will be recorded and published for later viewing.

Participation is free, thanks to support from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.