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Registration required: Private Pesticide Applicator Training programs geared toward farmers in northwest & west-central Minnesota

Text for this article was written by Tana Haugen-Brown, a UMN Extension pesticide safety and environmental education educator and co-coordinator. It originated from the private applicator training website . Applicators in need of license renewal in 2021 should have received an 8 page document through the mail that would have explained the four different ways that someone can recertify in 2021. Recertification workshops Regionally adapted workshops have been scheduled for those accustomed to attending workshops in a specific region. Register soon as a virtual spot is reserved for the first 50 people to register for a workshop and workshops that have fewer than 10 registrants will need to cancel. Northwest workshops   Jan 26, 12:30 to 4:30 PM   Jan 28, 8 AM to 12 PM Feb 1, 8 AM to 12 PM West-central workshops  Feb 3, 12:30 to 4:30 PM Feb 11, 8 AM to 12 PM Feb 22, 8 AM to 12 PM Re
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Advanced Crop Advisers Workshop Set for Feb. 9 & 10

This article was written by Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems area specialist. University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University Extension will conduct the annual Advanced Crop Advisers Workshop as a virtual event Feb. 9 and 10, 2021. “This workshop is designed to provide in-depth discussion on selected topics to help agricultural professionals enhance their crop production recommendations for farmers,” says Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist at the Carrington Research Extension Center and workshop co-chair. Educational sessions during the afternoon of Feb. 9 More acres and less time: How do you address climate weirdness? What’s old is new again: The art and science of using 2,4-D and dicamba Managing low-production fields: Soil tests and solutions Goss’s wilt and other emerging corn diseases How to break up compaction in no-till and reduced-till systems Soybean cyst nematode, sudden death syndrome and brown stem rot Ins and out

2021 Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Research program: Jan 25 & 26

Logistics When: Monday, January 25: 1:00 to 3:45 p.m. AND Tuesday, January 26: 9:00 to 11:45 a.m Where: Online via Zoom Cost: FREE To register: Visit the Minnesota Wheat website devoted to the conference . CCA CEUs offered: Jan 25: 1 PM, 0.5 NM, 0.5 CM; Jan 26: 1 CM, 1 PM Topics and Speakers Monday, January 25 1:00 p.m. - Welcome & Introductions 1:15 p.m. - What Current Research is Telling Us About Managing Fertilizer for Soybean - Dr. Daniel Kaiser, Extension Soil Fertility Specialist, U of MN 1:45 p.m. - 2020: Wet Year, Yet Spider Mite and Grasshopper Injury? - Dr. Janet Knodel, Extension Entomologist, NDSU 2:15 p.m. - BREAK 2:30 p.m. - Videos 2:45 p.m. - Considerations for the Xtend and Enlist Soybean Systems - Dr. Joseph Ikley, Extension Weed Specialist, NDSU 3:15 p.m. - More Acres and Less Time – How Do You Address Climate Weirdness? - Dr. Jochum Wiersma, Extension Small Grains Agronomist, U of MN Tuesday, January 26, 2021 9:00 a.m. - Welcome & Introductions 9:15 a.m. - S

Making Every Acre Pay webinar series to be held in January 2021

 This article was written by UMN Extension educator Angie Peltier. Spend time in parts of NW MN and you will encounter field areas unable to support crop production. Agronomists visiting northwest Minnesota (and eastern North Dakota for that matter) may be amazed to see just how quickly crop producers are able to complete their spring field work to take advantage of as much of the short growing season as possible.  As seedlings begin to emerge, the producers and these visiting agronomists alike might also notice that there are field areas from which no crop seedlings emerge. Some of these bare areas may never have either crop or weed seedlings emerge throughout the growing season and may increase in size over time.    Of additional concern: many continue to farm these unproductive acres, working the soil, planting seed, spreading fertilizer and other inputs as if expecting a crop were to be produced.  So not only is this land not producing a marketable crop, costs associated with input

Results and Implications: 2017-2020 NW MN European corn borer survey

This article was written by UMN Extension educator Angie Peltier, UMN Extension IPM specialist Bruce Potter, UMN researcher and assistant IPM coordinator Eric Burkness and UMN Extension entomologist Bill Hutchison. Former UMN Extension educator Phillip Glogoza contributed to this survey in 2017 and 2018 and this work could also not have been carried out without the assistance of cooperating NW MN farmers and crop advisors. Purpose of the study European corn borer (ECB) larvae tunnel into stalks and ear shanks (Figure 1). Feeding affects the transfer of water and nutrients within the plant and can directly affect yield by reducing kernel weight and number.  ECB feeding can indirectly affect yield when tunnels cause stalk breakage, ear drop, or allow the entry of stalk rot and ear mold fungi.  Figure 1. European corn borer ( Ostrinia nubilalis ). Clemson University, USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series, Bugwood.org. ECB and Bt corn More than 25 years ago scientists found a way to tran