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Extension offers strategic farming webinars

The weekly Zoom presentations and discussions from January through March are free.

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The University of Minnesota Extension is offering a series of webinars on key issues relating to commodity crop production facing farmers today.

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

Sessions will be held from 9 to 10 a.m. Wednesdays, Jan. 5 through March 30 on Zoom. Participants can join via computer, phone or other mobile device.

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

  • Jan. 5: “2022 crop fertility adjustments” – Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist; Brad Carlson, Extension educator in water resources.

  • Jan. 12: “2021: The year when past indiscretions were revealed (think compaction)” – Aaron Daigh, North Dakota State University; Jodi DeJong Hughes, Extension educator in water quality.

  • Jan. 19: “Compare and contrast: Management of corn for grain and silage” – Joe Lauer, UW-Madison corn agronomist; Luiz Ferraretto, UW-Madison ruminant nutritionist.

  • Jan. 26: “New findings with sulfur fertility” – U of M nutrient management specialists and researchers.

  • Feb. 2: “Strategies for effective weed management in 2022” – U of M weed scientists and researchers.

  • Feb. 9: “Cover crops: Termination timing and planting green” – Axel Garcia y Garcia, sustainable cropping systems specialist; Anna Cates, state soil health specialist.

  • Feb. 16: “Tar spot of corn: Status and options for this rising issue” – Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist; Nathan Kleczewski, plant pathologist with GROWMARK Inc.

  • Feb. 23: “Small grains management update” – Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist.

  • March 2: “Soybean gall midge: Knowns and unknowns” – Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist; Bob Koch, Extension soybean entomologist; Gloria Melotto, graduate research assistant.

  • March 9: “Getting ready for corn insects in 2022” – Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist.

  • March 16: “Can we store C in a production ag system (and to what benefit)?” – Anna Cates, state soil health specialist; Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension educator in water quality.

  • March 23: “Biocontrol strategies to manage pests” – George Heimpel, Extension entomologist.

  • March 30: “Taming your fertility and soil amendment input costs” – 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 needed for the program series. Sessions will be recorded and posted for later viewing.
There is no charge to participate, thanks to support from the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council.

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