An all-new Wednesday morning crops program for the growing season!
The growing season is filled with a host of challenges, including insect, disease, and weed pests, resistance concerns, agronomic issues, and soil fertility questions. The Field Notes program is designed for farmers and agricultural professionals as a weekly webinar program addressing all your crop-related questions in real-time in an interactive, discussion-based format.
The Field notes program will begin on Wednesday, April 21, 2021 and continue throughout the 2021 growing season on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 8 a.m. The program will feature a live webinar with an interactive discussion with attendees, addressing in-season cropping issues as they arise. Weekly topics will be announced on the week of the program and may include topics related to soil fertility, agronomics, pest management, equipment, and more.
Can’t make the live session? No problem. The discussion-based series will be posted immediately following the webinar to your favorite podcast-streaming service to listen to at your convenience. Listen to the episodes on your web browser or subscribe on iTunes and Stitcher.
You need to register only once and may attend any or all of the webinars.
2021 Let's talk crops resources
Watch the recordings from the 2021 series and look over resources at your convenience.
What criteria should you used when selecting a corn hybrid? How do hybrid maturities affect your bottom line? What about hybrid selection and disease resistance? Watch the recording for answers to these questions and hybrid trial results with Dr. Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist, Tom Hoverstad, Researcher from Southern Research and Outreach Center and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist with moderator Ryan Miller, Extension educator-crops.
What criteria should you use when selecting a soybean variety? How do the economics pencil out for different soybean maturities in your area? What disease traits should you be on the lookout for? Learn more through a discussion of these questions and trial results with Dr. Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist with moderator Dave Nicolai, Extension educator-crops.
Dr. Seth Naeve shares slides on variety trait group comparisons.
Where does it make most sense to use certain herbicide tolerance traits? What are some of the things you should consider when using them? Learn more in this discussion with Dr. Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed scientist and Dr. Tom Peters, Extension sugarbeet agronomist with moderator Jared Goplen, Extension educator-crops.
Herbicide resistance traits create additional weed options for crops, but can also cause confusion around which herbicides can be applied safely and legally. This guide clarifies which herbicides can be applied to various trait packages for our major crops.
Information on herbicides, application rates and weed control ratings.
Herbicide rotation intervals and diversification strategies for corn and soybeans developed by University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University, 2021.
Learn about a current P & K band versus broadcast study and listen to the discussion on phosphorus and potassium management in corn and soybeans with Dr. Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist, Jeff Vetsch, Researcher at the Southern Research and Outreach Center in Waseca and moderator Ryan Miller, Extension educator-crops.
Are you looking for a third crop for some of your acres to help manage weeds, corn rootworm, and soybean cyst nematode but don't know what to plant? Join us for this discussion on third crop options (forages, small grains, etc.) that make the most sense for your acres with Dr. Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist and Dr. Craig Shaeffer, Professor in the department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics at the University of Minnesota with moderator Jared Goplen, Extension educator-crops.
When’s the best time to plant a cover crop and when should I terminate it? How do cover crops affect my weed management program? Join us to discuss these questions and more with Axel Garcia y Garcia, Sustainable cropping systems specialist at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center and Anna Cates, State soil health specialist and Dr. Gregg Johnson, Associate Professor, Biomass cropping systems, Southern Research and Outreach Center.
- UMN Extension Cover Crops: https://z.umn.edu/ExtCoverCrops
- MOSH MN Cover Crop Research: https://mosh.umn.edu/management/minnesota-cover-crop-research
- MCCC Selector Tool: https://mccc.msu.edu/covercroptool/
- MCCC Cover Crop Recipes: https://mccc.msu.edu/getting-started/cover-crop-recipes/
- SARE Cover Crop Economics: https://www.sare.org/resources/cover-crop-economics/
Listen to a brief introduction on soil pH and how it can be raised or lowered. Then learn more about adjusting soil pH to maximize crop production and profit with Dr. Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist and Jeff Vetsch, a researcher from the Southern Research and Outreach Center.
Liming website includes
On-farm research is a potentially useful tool that can shed light on crop management questions important to your farming operation. Like any tool, however, it can be used correctly or incorrectly. Join us for this discussion with special guest Dr. R.L. (Bob) Neilsen, Extension Corn Specialist & Professor of Agronomy at Purdue University.
Videos and fact sheets on how to do research on your farm.
Practical field scale research: Why and how (video from Purdue University)
Dr. Bob Nielsen's YouTube channel (Purdue University)
Are you planting and managing that headland, and yet never getting a bushel back? When does it pay to plant those spots that often drown out and when doesn't it? Join us for this discussion with Naeem Kalwar, Extension soil health specialist at North Dakota State University, Tanner Bruse , Minnesota Ag & Conservation Programs Manager with Pheasants Forever, and Alan Lepp, NRCS.
Is it worthwhile to continue to plant Bt corn for European corn borer? How should Bt-resistance of corn rootworm affect management decisions? Join us for the discussion on these and other corn pests to watch out for with Dr. Ken Ostlie, Extension entomologist at the University of Minnesota and Bruce Potter, Extension Integrated Pest Management specialist at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center.
Integrated Pest Management - Southwest Research and Outreach Center
- Black Cutworm Reporting Network
- Pest Management Tips & Resources
- Research Results
- SW MN IPM Stuff Newsletters
Join members of the SCN Coalition from MN, ND and IA and learn about why soybean cyst nematode (SCN) is such a threat to soybean production and how the coalition is helping producers fight back. Join us for this discussion with Dr. Greg Tykla, nematologist with Iowa State University, Dr. Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist at the University of Minnesota and Dr. Samuel Markell, Extension broadleaf plant pathologist at North Dakota State University .
Watch the extensive video collection and learn more about SCN and its management.
Learn more about SCN and the symptoms it causes, conditions that favor it and management tips.
Soybean cyst nematode - Crop Protection Network
Learn more about the life cycle of SCN, symptoms and management.
Join Dr. Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist, Dr. Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist, and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist for a discussion on how factors such as planting date, row spacing, soil conditions, planting rate effects and seed treatments can affect stand establishment in corn and soybean. What can we do to avoid issues?
General guidelines, planting dates, populations and row spacing.
General guidelines, planting dates and seeding rates
2020 Webinar resources
The 2020 Strategic Farming webinar series provided up-to-date crop production strategies to optimize inputs for the growing season. The series included 5 one-hour webinars with university specialists; each webinar focused on a different topic area.
Here you'll find the recorded webinars and additional resources for each session.
Fertilizer can separate the most profitable producers from the rest of the pack. While fertilizer is a critical component for high yields, spending too much on fertilizer can really cut into your bottom line. This webinar discusses how to get fertility right for top yields and maximum profit.
Presented by Dan Kaiser, Nutrient management specialist and Brad Carlson, Extension educator
Moderated by Ryan Miller, Extension educator
Additional resources will be added soon.
Resources for nitrogen, phosphorus, potassium and micro- and secondary nutrient recommendations, crop-specific needs, liming, and soil testing and interpretation.
Research-based fertilizer rates by crop
Strategies to avoid nitrate losses from cropping systems that can both protect the environment and reduce fertilizer costs.
Soybean management can be complex and this webinar helps you sort out what you need, what you don’t need and what you might want to try. Also with the advent of insecticide resistant soybean aphid do we need to be rethinking our management strategy?
Presented by Seth Naeve, Soybean agronomist and Bob Koch, Soybean entomologist
Moderated by Ryan Miller, Extension educator
There are a number of important considerations when deciding which cover crops fit best with your operation. In this webinar, we discuss U of MN research to help match cover crop management strategies with your goals. Research results on potential benefits and limitations will be highlighted, with a particular emphasis on impacts on cash crop yield and nutrient management.
Presented by Axel Garcia y Garcia, Agronomist - Sustainable crop systems and Paulo Pagliari, Nutrient management specialist
Moderated by Liz Stahl, Extension educator
Additional resources will be available soon.
Benefits, selection, establishment, maintenance, utilization and termination of cover crops.
Minnesota cover crop recipes
These recipes provide step-by-step guidance to some of the lowest-risk starting points for cover crops. They don’t cover the whole spectrum of possibilities, but they can help beginners get most pieces in place to incorporate cover crops into a farm operation.
Select cover crops based on how it will be used, soil drainage, cash crop and flood risk.
The soybean gall midge: Will this insect drive changes in Minnesota soybean production?
Learn the latest information on this new Minnesota pest.
New disease challenges: Tar spot in corn and frogeye leaf spot in soybean
Soybean and corn crops continue to be challenged by various diseases. Some have long been in MN and we manage them with various levels of success, while others such as tar spot of corn and frogeye leaf spot of soybean are new and pose new potential risks and challenges.
Presented by Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist, and Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist
Moderated by Angie Peltier, Extension educator
Online unbiased, collaborative resources on important issues affecting field crops in the United States and Canada. The CPN is a product of Land Grant Universities.
How to identify and scout for this new pest and its impact on soybean.
- Soybean gall midge not only small orange fly larvae in Minnesota - Minnesota Crop News
- Soybean gall midge: Another insect pest of Minnesota soybeans (poster)
Update on tar spot in corn - Crop News, October 2019
Tar spot of corn - Gopher Coffee Shop podcast
Symptoms, conditions that favor this disease and how to manage it.
With the multitude of crop herbicide resistant trait packages available, chemical weed control has become more complicated, especially as herbicide resistant weeds continue to cause management challenges. A good understanding of weed biology and trait package options along with results from field trials implementing chemical and non-chemical methods will help you get the most out of your weed management investment.
Presented by Lisa Behnken and Jared Goplen, Extension educators - crops
Moderated by Ryan Miller, Extension educator - crops
This guide clarifies which herbicides can be applied to various trait packages for our major crops.
Several articles with strategies for preventing and managing herbicide resistance.