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Central, Western, and Southern MN Small Grain Winter Workshops

University of Minnesota Extension is offering five Small Grain Winter Workshops in Central, Western, and Southern MN in January and February to address small grain production.

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Row crop farming brings busy spring and fall workloads. There are also pests common to row crops, including herbicide resistant weeds, soybean cyst nematodes, soybean aphid, diseases and corn rootworm. Small grains added to a rotation may offer opportunities to diversify cropping systems in central and southern Minnesota
to manage these challenges.

The first objective of this program is to help farmers determine if small grains can work on their farm, in their rotation, and if it can be sustainable over time. The second objective is to hand farmers the tools needed to make small grain a successful crop in their operation. This includes information on production agronomics, variety selection, disease identification and fungicide use, fertility, quality, equipment, and economics.

Time will be set aside for open forum to discuss related topics and on farm experiences.

Dates, Locations, Times and Contacts are as follows:
  • January 18 – Morris, WCROC Ag Country Auditorium, 11:30 - 4:00
    (Contact Doug at 218-770-4396) 
  • February 16 – Le Center, Ambulance Svc / Le Sueur Co. EOC, 10:30 - 4:00
    (Contact Diane at 507-357-8230) 
  • February 17 – Cold Spring, Great Blue Heron, 10:30 – 2:30
    (Contact Joe at 320-980-2915) 
  • February 18 - Slayton, Pizza Ranch, 1:00 - 4:00
    Part of Winter Crops Day beginning at 9:00
    (Contact: Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900)
  • February 19 - Benson, McKinney's, 10:00 – 2:30
    (Contact: Scott at 320-760-6129).

Presenters will vary by location including:

  • Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Specialist,
  • Jim Anderson, University of Minnesota Spring Wheat Breeder,
  • Madeleine Smith, University of Minnesota Small Grains Pathologist,
  • Doug Holen, University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator and
  • Phillip Glogoza, University of Minnesota Extension Crops Educator.

No registration is needed and lunch included at all sites (fee in Slayton).

For more information or brochure contact Doug Holen at 218-770-4396 or

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