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NDSU offers tips on drying wheat

This article was written by  North Dakota State University Extension agricultural and biosystems engineer Dr. Ken Hellevang and edited by communications specialist Ellen Crawford.  Wet field conditions mean harvested wheat may have to be dried.

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Gopher Coffee Shop Podcast: Nutrient management

The article highlighting this podcast installment was written by University of Minnesota Extension educators Ryan Miller and Brad Carlson. 

In this installment of the Gopher Coffee Shop podcast, Extension educators Ryan Miller and Brad Carlson sit down with Dan Kaiser, Extension nutrient management specialist with the Department of Soil Water and Climate, to learn about Dan and his role with Extension. We discuss nutrient management and best management practices (BMP’s) in Minnesota agriculture. What are BMP’s and how are they adjusted over time to adapt to changes in climate and agricultural production? We talk about these recent changes in agriculture and climate and BMP adaptations. About half way through the podcast we talk about newer technologies, the current economic conditions, and how farmers might adjust crop and nutrient management to “keep-it-simple” and maintain profitability. Enjoy!

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New manure application rate guidelines for Minnesota

This article was written by University of Minnesota Extension manure management specialist Dr. Melissa Wilson.

Manure application rate guidelines in Minnesota have recently been revisited and updated as needed to reflect recent research findings for nitrogen and phosphorus needs of crops.

Assistance with 2019 European corn borer and corn disease survey requested

The following article was written by University of Minnesota Extension IPM specialist Bruce Potter, entomologist Bill Hutchison and plant pathologist Dean Malvick. Note that in the northwest I am still looking for fields in Clay, Clearwater, Kittson, Marshall, Norman, Pennington, Polk, Red Lake and Roseau Counties. 

Entomologists and plant pathologists at the University of Minnesota continue to document and understand changes in European corn borer (ECB) populations and corn diseases in our state.

Each fall, approximately 150 corn fields are surveyed for the presence of corn borer damage (Figure 1), overwintering corn borer larvae, and corn diseases. During the growing season, weekly updates of ECB moth captures in black light traps are made available at: Funding from the Minnesota Corn Research and Promotion Council has provided us an opportunity to improve these efforts.

Monitoring still important

Nutrient Management Podcast: What should growers look for in soil health tests?

The following article was written by University of Minnesota Extension personnel working on nutrient management and soil health issues.

In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we discuss soil health tests. What is the consensus definition of soil health? What should growers look for in soil health tests, and how should they go about testing their fields? What research is available in Minnesota tying soil health tests to crop performance and yield?

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