After 19 years of leadership at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center (SWROC), Pauline Nickel will retire from her position as Head at the end of 2014. Passionate about providing strong education programming, Nickel will continue working at the SWROC on a part-time basis to provide leadership of K-12 education outreach programs and develop new models in her retirement.
As Head of the SWROC, Nickel has created extensive models of outreach supporting diverse audiences. All models focus on content areas fundamental to the vitality of rural communities and support the University of Minnesota’s statewide goal to enhance K-12 education and support Minnesota’s rural communities.
Nickel coordinated the first ConnectU workshop in 2001. Today, ConnectU continues to offer professionals working with children, youth and families the opportunity to connect with University resources without having to travel outside the region. Other successful education models developed by Nickel at the SWROC include the ten day Improving Teacher Quality summer workshop for teachers which includes the option for participating teachers to earn three graduate credits, the University on the Prairie program for high school students interested in science, and the Fall Elementary Field Day held for fourth grade students each September.
In 2010, Nickel began her efforts to fund an endowed chair focusing on research, extension and education effort of production agriculture in southwest Minnesota. This position would ensure responsive collaboration in support of agricultural industries and production agriculture while working with the Southwest Research and Outreach Center. Nickel has raised over $2 million dollars during the past four years in support of this endowed position, which was filled in August 2014.
Nickel began her career with the University of Minnesota in July 1962 as an Extension Agent in Cottonwood County. In March 1973, she left to pursue other opportunities but returned to Extension in April of 1983 as the Watonwan County Extension Director. Nickel was named the Southwest District Extension Director, based out of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, in July 1987. Nickel’s administrative and programmatic experience for Extension and her connections to southwest Minnesota made her a natural fit to be named Co-Head of the Southwest Research and Outreach Center in October 1995. She took over as Head of the SWROC in October 1997.
The Southwest Research & Outreach Center has been fortunate to have a dedicated leader like Pauline Nickel as Head for nearly two decades. A passionate leader, she has served as an advocate for southwest Minnesota and will continue to support rural communities and rural vitality in her retirement.
The January 2015 Research Updates for Ag Professionals will be held at Waseca-January 6th, Kasson-January 7th, Lamberton-January 8th, Morris-January 13th, Willmar-January 14th and at Crookston-January 15th. Presentations and discussions at the updates will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region. You will leave with research-based knowledge and field-tested solutions that will help you in the field for the year 2015. Click here for more information.
2014 Minnesota Field Crop Trials reports area now available: Click here. Trials include alfalfa, corn silage, barley, corn grain, oat, wheat - hard red spring, wheat - hard red winter, canola and soybean.
Results from the 2014 University of Minnesota corn grain & corn silage performance trials are now available:
SWROC is pleased to welcome and introduce its newest faculty member Axel Garcia y Garcia to the region! Garcia y Garcia fills the recently established Wally Nelson Endowed Faculty in Crop Production position at the SWROC.
Axel is a sustainable cropping systems scientist and assistant professor in the Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics with a research and extension appointment. His research at the SWROC will focus on crop rotations, integration of cover crop components or other crops into current cropping systems, and cultural practices in cropping systems to optimize yield, with an emphasis on multifunctional agriculture and the delivery of ecosystem services.
Issue 18 of IPM Stuff is available.
Results of the 2014 Minnesota Field Crop Trials are available here.
A 2014 Wheat, Barley, and Oats Variety Performance in Minnesota Preliminary Report is available from the U of M Extension Service, CFANS, & the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
FairRent is a free web-app from the Center for Farm Financial Management that allows farmers to quickly and easily evaluate land rental decisions. Use it to evaluate cash, share and flexible rental arrangements.
Insecticide (and miticide) resistance is a heritable decrease in a pest population's susceptibility to a pesticide, meaning the genetics are passed from generation to generation. As pest populations become less susceptible to a pesticide, the utility of that pesticide becomes less and less effective to a point where the pesticides may become effectively lost as tools for management of that pest. Read the entire Extension Fact Sheet "Insecticide Resistance Management in Soybeans" (pdf) to learn IPM strategies recommended for insect and mite pests in MN soybeans. This face sheet was written by Robert Koch and Ian MacRae, Extension Entomologists, as well as Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist.