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Crop production

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Corn

Hybrid selection

Choosing the right hybrid for your needs

Cropping systems

Crop rotations, corn following alfalfa, continuous corn

Planting

Guidelines, delayed planting, replant decisions

Growing

Emergence and stand establishment, 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, 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, malting barley varieties

Planting

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

Growing

Emergence and stand establishment, 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

Choosing the right variety, seed quality

Planting

Guidelines, delayed planting, replanting decisions

Growing

Emergence and stand development, weather damage

Pest management

Insects and diseases affecting soybean

Harvest and storage

Storing and drying soybean

Sugarbeet

Growing

Row widths, plant population, seeds

Pest management

Insects and diseases affecting sugarbeet

Nutrient management

Nitrogen

Basics of nitrogen, rates by crop, using urea, soil testing

Phosphorus and potassium

Basics, deficiency symptoms, recommended rates, application methods

Micro- and secondary macronutrients

Recommendations for boron, sulfur, copper, magnesium, zinc

Liming

When lime is needed, assessing liming materials, guidelines

Crop-specific needs

Research-based fertilizer rates by crop

Testing and analysis

Understanding and interpreting soil test results

Soil and water

Irrigation

Irrigation scheduling, monitoring soil moisture, water quality

Soil management and health

Soil properties, cover crops, tillage, compaction

Agricultural drainage

Guide to agricultural drainage systems, including planning and design strategies, calculators, background about how it works, regulations and more.

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

For ag professionals

Institute for Ag Professionals

Connecting ag professionals with the latest crops research

Regional research trials

Variety trials, herbicide evaluations, other regional research

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