Friday, January 9, 2015

Forages For “U” Workshops

Hutchinson  -  February 10, 2015 beginning at 10 am
 Fergus Falls  -  February 10, 2015 beginning at 4:30 pm
Rushford  -  February 20, 2015 beginning at 9:30 am

A series of Forage Workshops will be held in February of 2015 to address key forage production and management issues in Minnesota. Programs will feature the University of Minnesota Extension faculty and producers presenting on forage production and utility. This program is developed by the University of Minnesota Extension along with sponsors and will address current production issues and research for forage production and management with the intent to increase producers’s forage production and farm profitability. Topics, presenters, and agenda differ by location.

Thursday, January 8, 2015

2015 Extension Drainage Design Workshops

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in three locations in 2015: Sioux Falls, SD, Grand Forks, ND, and St. Cloud, MN (see page 2 for location details). The workshops are a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, North Dakota State University, and South Dakota State University Extension.

The 2-day workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

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:

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.


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.


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