Friday, January 13, 2017

Taking Charge of YOUR Finances: How to Survive & Thrive workshop

Thief River Falls, MN. (1/12/17) — 

University of Minnesota Extension will present a workshop with tools and tips for farmers to better their farm financial management next month in Thief River Falls.

The workshop will begin with registration at 9:00 am on Feb. 8th at the Quality Inn, 1060 Hwy 32 S., Thief River Falls, MN. The program will run from 9:30 am to 3:30 pm. Lunch is included. There is no cost to attend these workshops, thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Minnesota Wheat Research & Promotional Council and the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

"This interactive workshop will help producers to better understand and use farm records, a balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow in their operation,” said Pauline Van Nurden, Extension ag business management educator. “With this workshop, participants will have a number of tools to assist with the financial management of their farming operation.”

Other details of the workshop can be found at:
To register, go to:

More information about farm financial management can be found on the Extension ag business management team website at:

Media Contact:  
Pauline Van Nurden, Ag Business Management Extension Educator.  

Contact information: or 320-235-0726, ext. 2008.  

Monday, December 5, 2016

Aphid-resistant soybean varieties available for Minnesota

by Siddhi Bhusal (Postdoctoral Associate), Anthony Hanson (PhD Student), Aaron Lorenz (Assistant Professor) and Robert Koch (Assistant Professor)

Soybean aphid is a significant pest of soybean in Minnesota. Soybean breeders have developed various soybean varieties that carry aphid-resistance traits, in addition to other promising agronomic characteristics. Aphid-resistant varieties can provide an effective, economical, and more environmentally sustainable means of protecting soybean from soybean aphid. 

A list of commercially available aphid-resistant soybean varieties suitable for Minnesota can be found in:

Commercially-available aphid-resistant varieties carry a single aphid-resistance gene (i.e., Rag1 or Rag2) or a combination (i.e., pyramid) of the two resistance genes. Pyramiding of two or more aphid-resistance genes in single soybean varieties is underway in several soybean breeding programs in the region. The U of MN Soybean Breeding Program, in collaboration with U of MN Department of Entomology, is working on pyramiding various combinations of Rag1, Rag2, Rag3/rag3, and rag4 genes of aphid resistance in soybean varieties adapted to Minnesota conditions and with superior traits for other agronomic factors. Varieties with multiple aphid-resistance genes will provide more robust and durable resistance against multiple biotypes of soybean aphid. 

Thursday, November 17, 2016

NDSU and U of M Extension to hold Conservation Tillage Conference in December

by Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator

University of Minnesota along with North Dakota State University Extension Service, is hosting the 2016 Conservation Tillage Conference on Dec. 13-14 in Fargo, ND.

Family members from the Jorgensen Land & Cattle will be the keynote speakers. This fourth generation, 20,000 acre farm includes a diverse cattle, crop and hunting operation in south central South Dakota. They will discuss how and why soil health, livestock integration and sustainability are the driving forces in their operation.

The schedule includes an extensive variety of speakers, drawing on experienced growers, agronomists and academic experts. Whether a novice crop consultant or experienced in conservation tillage, participants will learn about nearly every aspect of improving soil health and productivity.

Topics include residue management, effective use of strip and vertical till, cover crops, extended grazing, soil biology, weed management and fertility in reduced-till systems.

Informal table-talk sessions will allow for time to interact with speakers and industry representatives. More than 25 vendors representing equipment, and providing educational information will be on-site throughout both days.

A farmer panel will conclude day one. Farmers using multiple tillage systems and cover crops will talk about their experiences and “tricks” they’ve learned through the years. The second day will start with hands-on demonstrations to show soil health parameters and weed management.

Attendees who stay for the entire conference will be offered seven Certified Crop Adviser continuing education units (CEUs).

Early bird registration is $125 for the full conference. Registration will increase to $155 after Nov 30. Registration and more information on the agenda, lodging and program speakers are available online at

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Pictorial guide aids in Palmer amaranth and tall waterhemp identification

by Phyllis Bongard and Jeff Gunsolus

With the recent confirmation of Palmer amaranth in Minnesota, it is critical to identify this noxious weed, so it can be eradicated before it becomes widespread. A new pictorial guide compares key characteristics of Palmer amaranth and tall waterhemp at several growth stages throughout the growing season to aid in this identification.

The new guide, “Comparing Palmer Amaranth and Tall Waterhemp – Growth and Development” can be found at Detailed descriptions also accompany the photos. To access the notes, open the file in Adobe, click on “View,” scroll to “Comment,” then select “Annotations.”

Identification will be the key in reducing further infestation in Minnesota. For other articles on Palmer amaranth, see:

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

Free Waste Pesticide Collections

Collections available to eleven northwestern Minnesota counties

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The Minnesota Department of Agriculture (MDA) is hosting a series of free waste pesticide collections available to eleven northwestern Minnesota counties. Residents from Beltrami, Cass, Clay, Clearwater, Lake of the Woods, Kittson, Marshall, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake, and Roseau counties may attend any of the four collection sites in mid-August.