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Extension is expanding its online education and resources to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions.

U of M Extension launches Field Notes weekly crop webinars

David Nicolai in corn field
David Nicolai, U of M Extension crops educator, is one of the hosts of Field Notes.

Field Notes, a new University of Minnesota Extension weekly webinar program designed for farmers and agricultural professionals, will address crop-related questions in an interactive, discussion-based format.

The program begins on April 21 and continues throughout the 2021 growing season on Wednesday mornings from 7:30 to 8 a.m. It was announced in Crop News, along with more information and registration options.

“The growing season is filled with challenges from insect, disease and weed pests, herbicidal resistance concerns, and soil fertility questions,” says Jared Goplen, Extension crops educator. “Webinars will be based on issues that arise during the growing season, through attendee questions, and through online and phone submissions."

Because the webinars are live, participants can submit questions to guest panelists. April and May sessions will cover corn and soybean planting management, while pest management and agronomics will be featured as issues arise.

Extension crops team specialists and educators typically conduct research alongside farmers and agricultural professionals to develop practical solutions. “That essential research has continued throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, and there is much information to share,” says Seth Naeve, Extension soybean specialist. “Online education has become an attractive way to gather, and we will continue using this technology strategically even when we do return to more in-person education.”

Join live or listen later

The discussion-based series will be posted to podcast-streaming services to listen at your convenience. “Extending this program via podcasting allows us to reach more farmers and agricultural professionals without them having to sign up or tune into a scheduled webinar,” says Goplen.

Jared Goplen in lab with plants
Jared Goplen, Extension crops educator, is another frequent host of Field Notes

Goplen and David Nicolai, Extension crops educator, will host the first session on April 21, 7:30-8 a.m., including these guests:

Dennis Todey, director, USDA Midwest Climate Hub, USDA-ARS, Ames, Iowa. Todey will cover the weather outlook for Minnesota farmers to include the 1-7, 1-14 and 30-day time periods for precipitation and temperature projections. This will assist growers in their 2021 planting plans.

Dan Kaiser, Extension soil fertility specialist, University of Minnesota - Twin Cities. Kaiser will cover guidelines for starter fertilizer use in Minnesota as it relates to use with corn planters, and the current weather and soil conditions. He will also comment on broadcast fertilizer for both corn and soybeans.

Register for Field Notes. You need to register only once and may attend any or all of the webinars.

Do you have questions you'd like addressed during Field NotesSubmit them through the Google Form or email Jared Goplen at gople007@umn.edu .

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