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Crop production

Corn

Hybrid selection

Choosing the right hybrid for your needs

Cropping systems

Crop rotations, corn following alfalfa, continuous corn

Planting

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

Growing

Corn growth staging, nutrient management, assessing weather damage

Pest management

Insects, diseases and nematodes affecting corn

Harvest

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

Forages

Variety selection

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

Planting

Seeding rates and dates, stand establishment

Growing

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.

Planting

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

Growing

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.

Soybean

Variety selection

Variety trial results, selecting the right variety

Planting

Guidelines, delayed planting, replanting decisions

Growing

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

Sugarbeet

Growing

Production guide and nutrient management

Pest management

Insects and diseases affecting sugarbeet

Soil and water

Irrigation

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

Herbicides

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

Herbicide resistance management

Strategies for diversifying weed control to manage herbicide resistance

News

Dairy cows feeding on hay in stanchions.

Feed costs have increased dramatically, and futures indicate they will remain high throughout 2022. There are practices that may help lower feed costs without affecting performance.

Farmer walking through field

The new Farm Resource Guide features useful farm business management information. Find one at University of Minnesota Extension county offices across the state.

Composted manure being hauled by a tractor on a field.

With current soaring commercial fertilizer prices, some crop farmers are seeking to buy manure from their livestock owner neighbors. Luckily, livestock and crop farmers teaming up can prove to be mutually beneficial.

Crop News blog

Get statewide and regional updates on the Crop News blog.

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