U of M Extension and the Farm Service Agency are offering ag
professional farm bill update meetings in November to help you better serve your customers and clients in regards to farm bill decisions. We encourage you to join us at one of these meetings to learn more about using USDA's national decision tools and to discuss election strategies for ARC/PLC.
Nov. 6 Mankato, Courtyard Marriott, 901 Raintree Road
Nov. 7 Marshall, Ramada Inn, 1500 E College Dr
Nov. 13 Rochester, International Event Center, 7333 Airport View Dr SW
Nov. 18 Crookston, Bede Ballroom U of M, 2nd Floor of Sergeant Student Center (use Lot A & G for parking)
Nov. 19 Fergus Falls, Bigwood Event Center, 925 Western Ave
Nov. 20 Freeport, Freeport Community Center, 307 7th St SE
All meetings will be from 9:30 am to noon. No registration is required and the meetings are free.
These meetings will be oriented toward ag professionals, not producers. FSA and Extension are in the process of scheduling 73 ARC/PLC meetings for producers that will occur in December and January.
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.
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 18 of IPM Stuff is available.
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.