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2016 Best of the Best in Wheat and Soybean Meetings | Grand Forks, ND - February 4 | Moorhead, MN - February 5

Best of the Best in Research and Marketing meetings have been set for February in Grand Forks, ND and Moorhead, MN. 

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The Grand Forks meeting will be held at the Alerus Center on February 4 and at the Courtyard by Marriott Hotel in Moorhead, MN on February 5. Both meetings will begin at 8:30 a.m.

These meetings will review recent research findings on issues that impact soybean and wheat production. Topics covered by the program are those considered to be most important to the farmers for which relevant research findings are available.

Hands-on demonstrations are planned at all of the locations.

"These hands-on demonstrations are a signature part of the program," says Hans Kandel, Program Chair and NDSU Extension Agronomist. "This section is well received because participants get a chance to interact with the presenters and see live plant material."

A noon lunch will be provided at each venue. There is no participation fee but advanced registration is encouraged. 

To register or see the agenda for any of the meetings go to, or to register by phone for the Grand Forks and Moorhead meetings call (800) 242-6118, ext. 3.

These meetings are sponsored by the Minnesota and North Dakota wheat and soybean grower and checkoff organizations, in conjunction with the University of Minnesota and NDSU Extension Services.

Best of the Best 
in Wheat and Soybean Research
 Alerus Center, Grand Forks ~ February 4, 2016
Courtyard by Marriott, Moorhead ~ February 5, 2016 

8:25 a.m.      Welcome

8:30 a.m.      Wheat Population and Yield
                         Grant Mehring, Dept. of Plant Sciences, NDSU, Fargo

9:00 a.m.      Managing for Yield and Protein in Spring Wheat
                         Dr. Joel Ransom, Dept. of Plant Sciences, NDSU, Fargo

9:30 a.m.      ENSO - El Niño - La Niña? What Will the 2016 Growing Season Bring?
                        Daryl Ritchison, Assistant State Climatologist/ Extension Meteorologist
                        (Grand Forks 9:30 am / Moorhead 2:35 pm)

10:00 a.m.    Spray or Not to Spray: Scout-Based Fungicide Decisions in Wheat
                        Dr. Andrew Friskop, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo

10:30 a.m.     SCN, and Other Disease Issues in Soybean
                        Dr. Sam Markell, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo

11:00 a.m.      Soybean Research Recap
                        Dr. Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo

11:30 - 2:00 p.m.       Lunch and Hands on Demos

Lunch speaker: Getting the Best Price You Can (Market Outlook)
Dr. Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension Service, Fargo

      Hands on Demonstrations:
  • What to Do to Minimize Spray Drift: The New Technology is Coming
    David Nicolai U of M Extension
  • Tales of a Pathological Cereal Killer: Root Rots of Wheat
    Dr. Madeleine Smith
    , U of M Extension, Crookston and
    Dr. Andrew Friskop, Plant Pathology, NDSU
  • How to Select Wheat Varieties: The Game Plan
    Dr. Jochum Wiersma, U of M Extension, Crookston
  • The Big Race to Beat SCN
    Drs Sam Markel, Guiping Yan with help of Berlin Nelson, Plant Pathology, NDSU
  • Resistant Weeds? What Do You Mean?
    Alicia Harstad,Greg Endres NDSU Extension, and Dr. Tom Peters, U of M/NDSU

2:05 p.m.      Rediscovering a Systems Approach to Weed Management in Soybean
                         Dr. Tom Peters, Extension Agronomist, U of M Extension/NDSU

2:35 p.m.      How to Squeeze the Most Out of Your Fertilizer Dollar:
                     Should You Use Sulphur?

                         Dr. Dan Kaiser, U of M Extension, St. Paul
                         (Grand Forks 2:25 pm / Moorhead 9:30 am)

3:05 p.m.      Adjourn

The North Dakota State University and the University of Minnesota Extension Services, along with MAWG, MWR&PC, MSR&PC, NDSC, NDGGA, and NDWC have joined together to present producers with current research information. In this day-long workshop, growers will have the opportunity to learn from researchers and extension specialists.
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