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.
He 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.
Organic Ben Field Day will be held at the Carmen Fernholz farm near Madison, MN on Friday, September 19 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The University of Minnesota and partners have been conducting research at the Fernholz farm to aid in improving soybean and dry bean varieties for organic systems. Field day attendees will learn about multiple varieties of both general purpose and food-type organic soybeans, dry bean breeding, and the effect of certain agronomic practices have on yield. Click here for more information.
682 fourth graders from 15 area elementary schools will attend the Southwest Research and Outreach Center’s Elementary Field Day on Wednesday, September 17 and Thursday, September 18, 2014. This annual event provides hands-on learning activities encouraging students to build a knowledge base on: food production, environmental and agricultural science, health and safety, and engineering.
Area schools participating include: Windom, Red Rock Central, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, St. Mary’s (Tracy), Reed Gray (Redwood Falls), Mt. Lake, St. Paul’s (New Ulm), Washington Elementary (New Ulm), Lakeview, Samuel Lutheran (Marshall), Wabasso, St. Anne’s (Wabasso), Tracy, Southwest Star Concept, and Springfield.
Elementary Field Day sessions include activities on healthy soils, composting, electrical safety, farm safety, plants, climate change, and a special assembly entitled “Engineering!” presented by staff from the Minnesota Science Museum. Many of the sessions align with the fourth grade Minnesota Academic Standards in Science.
Each teacher who attends Elementary Field Day also receives the book 11 Experiments That Failed which introduces elementary students to the scientific method. This book is a gift from the Southwest Research and Outreach Center Parker Sanders funding in support of K-12 education.
The SWROC has released soil moisture readings for August 15, 2014. Soil moisture levels on 8/15 accounted for a total of 2.32" of available moisture which is 1.91" below the historic average of 4.23". View the 2014 Soil Moisture info and a comparative chart on the SWROC weather page, located under the Available Soil Water heading.
Issue 16 of IPM Stuff is available.
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.