Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Conservation Tillage Conference - December 16 - 17, Fargo, ND

We are so excited about our keynote speakers and the agenda we have lined up for the Conservation Tillage Conference that I hope you will all register and attend!   I've included their bios below so that you can get a feel for the caliber of speakers we will have at the conference.  We also have an excellent lineup of specialists, farmers and industry who are speaking on all kinds of different topics associated with a conservation tillage system.  You can check out the preliminary agenda at: www.ndsu.edu/soilhealth



Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Drastic outdoor cooling may create some grain storage and drying problems

The drastic outdoor cooling that has occurred may create some grain storage and drying problems. Following are some questions that I have received and my responses. The questions are italicized and my answers follow the questions.

 
Kenneth Hellevang, Ph.D., PE, Extension Engineer, Professor
Fellow-American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers
North Dakota State University Extension Service

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Be sure to check the article feeds . . .

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Topics that are posted to the Minnesota Crop News, the Southeast Minnesota Crop Connections and UMN Extension - All News are updated automatically. These topics are often relevant to NW Minnesota agriculture and should not be overlooked.

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Managing stored grain to minimize storage losses


by Phil Glogoza and Dave Nicolai, Extension Educators-Crops

When grain harvest approaches, it is time to review basic on-farm grain storage principles for maintaining quality of stored commodities. Harvest should include preparation of storage structures to receive grain. Preparation includes several practices that aid in preventing pest infestations from developing within our storage structures.

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Total Tillage Solutions Field Day draws big crowd

Here is a story and video highlighting the Total Tillage Field Day held on September 4 near Appleton, MN.

written by Jonathan Eisenthal, Minnesota Cornerstone blog

About 250 farmers gathered at a farm field seven miles south of Appleton in Lac qui Parle County to see demonstrations and hear information covering the entire spectrum of tillage, from ‘biological tillage’ (letting earthworms and tillage radishes do the heavy lifting) to moldboard plowing — the most invasive technique, but still a useful tool to be applied sparingly, according to the experts.

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or, Video Highlights from the field day produced by Minnesota Corn Growers Association

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Mid-September frost on corn and soybeans


Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist, Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist, Dave Nicolai, Extension Educator - Crops, and Phyllis Bongard, Educational Content Development and Communications Specialist

corn frost 9-16-14.jpg Figure 1. Frost effects on corn in Dakota County following a September 13th early morning frost indicating increased upper
canopy damage in lower elevations of the field.
Many corn and soybean fields in central, west central, and southwest Minnesota were affected by frost during the morning hours of September 13, 2014. As is always the case, the frost damage appears to be highly variable based on local climate conditions, crop maturity, and topographical features.

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Friday, August 22, 2014

Soybean Aphid Populations mixed, Field Infestations can be quite Different

A quick survey of soybeans around the northwest MN region revealed great variability in soybean aphid populations. 

Some fields have not required treatment, many fields have been treated and are in good shape, other fields not treated may have quite variable numbers and often are related to growth stage with R3 fields still vulnerable to losses from threshold populations.