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Crop production


Hybrid selection

Choosing the right hybrid for your needs

Cropping systems

Crop rotations, corn following alfalfa, continuous corn


Corn grain and silage guidelines, corn planting best practices, handling delays and crop damage


Corn growth staging, nutrient management, assessing weather damage

Pest management

Insects, diseases and nematodes affecting corn


Harvest and lodging, grain drying and storage, crop residue management


Variety selection

Forage selection and identification, emergency forages, cover crops as forages


Seeding rates and dates, stand establishment


Life cycles and characteristics of legumes, nutrient management, assessing winter injury

Pest management

Diseases and insects affecting forages

Harvest and storage

Utilization, silages, pastures and grazing, biomass, stand termination

Small grains

Crop and variety selection

Small grain variety selection, crop rotations, variety trial results


Guidelines, seeding dates, seeding rates, delayed planting, replant decisions


Small grains growth staging, nutrient management, assessing weather damage

Pest management

Find information about diseases and insects common to Minnesota small grain crops

Harvest and storage

Strategies for harvesting, storing and drying small grains in Minnesota


Variety selection

Variety trial results, selecting the right variety


Guidelines, delayed planting, replanting decisions


Soybean growth staging, nutrient management, assessing weather damage

Pest management

Insects and diseases affecting soybean

Harvest and storage

Find strategies for harvesting soybean in Minnesota to maximize crop quality and minimize storage losses.

Seed quality

Foreign material management and quality reports



Production guide and nutrient management

Pest management

Insects and diseases affecting sugarbeet

Soil and water


Learn about irrigation scheduling, monitoring soil moisture and water quality.

Soil management and health

Soil properties, tillage systems, reducing soil erosion and compaction and residue management

Agricultural drainage

Planning and design strategies for agricultural drainage systems, calculators and regulations

Cover crops

Benefits, selection, establishment, maintenance, use and termination of cover crops.

Weed management

Weed identification

Photos of weeds and weed seedlings commonly found in Minnesota crop production


Calculating and calibrating rates, managing risk and drift, symptoms of dicamba exposure

Herbicide resistance management

Strategies for diversifying weed control to manage herbicide resistance


Farmstead in spring with just plowed field in foreground.

The 2024 families honored cover a wide spectrum of farming, from traditional crops and livestock to community-based ventures and operations producing a wide range of fruit, vegetables and flowers. They were chosen based on their demonstrated commitment to enhancing and supporting agriculture.

Harvester harvesting corn with a silo and farm in the background.

Now is the time for farmers to develop an exit plan for the 2023 crop and determine a marketing plan for the 2024 crop.

Soybean plants in a field.

Preparing for lower agricultural margins requires strategic planning and proactive measures to ensure the sustainability and profitability of agricultural operations.

Crop News blog

Get statewide and regional updates on the Crop News blog.


More crop learning opportunities

View all crop related learning opportunities from around the state.

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