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Strategic Farming: Optimizing management for 2020

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A new webinar series

A series of Strategic Farming webinars will provide up-to-date crop production strategies to help you optimize your inputs for the 2020 growing season. The series includes 5 one-hour webinars with university specialists, each webinar focused on a different topic area. 

You are welcome to register for any and all of the Strategic Farming webinars. You will need to register for each webinar individually. You'll find registration links at the bottom of this page. 

#1 A Back to basics approach to nutrient management

  • Date & time: Thursday, December 19, 2:00 - 3:00 p.m.

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. We will discuss getting fertility right for top yields and maximum profit:

  • Macronutrient roundup: what do or don’t you need?
  • Does high soil fertility mean higher yield potential: Sufficiency vs. Build & Maintain. What is the probability of response?
  • Are micronutrients the future for high yielding crops?
  • Nutrient balance, is that a thing?
  • Has technology changed how we manage crop nutrients?

Presented by Dan Kaiser, Nutrient management specialist and Brad Carlson, Extension educator
Moderated by Ryan Miller, Extension educator

#2 Soybean management for 2020 and beyond

  • Date & time: Thursday, January 16, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

Soybean management can be complex and we will help 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

#3 Cover crops: Matching your management strategies and goals

  • Date: Wednesday, January 29, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

There are a number of important considerations to address when deciding which cover crops fit best with your operation. In this presentation, we will 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

#4 New pests and pathogens complicate Minnesota soybean and corn production

  • Date: Thursday, February 13, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

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

#5 Hot topics in weed management: Putting the pieces together

  • Date: Thursday, February 27, 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.

With the multitude of crop herbicide resistant trait packages available, chemical weed management 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:

  • Pigweed management without breaking the bank
  • Making new herbicide trait technologies work for you.

Presented by Ryan Miller, Extension educator, Lisa Behnken, Extension educator and Tom Peters, Sugarbeet weed specialist
Moderated by Jared Goplen, Extension educator

Webinar resources

Watch the webinars and find additional resources for each session. Items will be posted as soon as they're available.

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