Executive function in brain development will be featured at the next ConnectU workshop, Tuesday, April 8, at the SWROC from 9 am - 3 pm. Development's Director: The Role of Executive Function in Children and Adolsecents will be presented by Dr. Chris Boys and Dr. Sara Langworthy. Executive function involves three key skills: working memory, self control and learning how to think flexibly. All three are vital for children's growth and development.
Dr. Boys and Dr. Langworthy will cover executive function development through childhood and adolescence, assessments, influences such as risk-taking and stress, what happens when development is disrupted, and practical inverventions.
The cost to attend is $25 and the registration deadline is Tuesday, April 1. A registration form is inlcuded in the link above. Early registration is encouraged as the the workshop will be capped at 85 participants. The workshop is coordinated by the U of M Extension and SWROC in parternship with the U of M's Center for Neurobehavioral Development and Children, Youth and Family Consortium. Contact the SWROC or Colleen Gengler (507-360-0624) for questions about the workshop
The SWROC will be hosting an Extending the Growing Season Workshop on Wednesday, March 12. This event will focus on high tunnels, walk-in plastic covered structure which can extend the fruit and vegetable growing Season. Dr. Paulo Pagliari and LaMoine Nickel of the SWROC will present high tunnel and manure composting research. Karl Foord, U of M Extension Educator, will present findings on the profitability of high tunnels. Andrew Petra, U of M Graduate Student, will discuss how to quadruple the strawberry season in Minnesota using low tunnels. Using high tunnels to extend the growing season for cut flowers will be discussed by Doug and Robin Trott of Prairie Garden Farms. Courtney Tchida of the U of M Cornercopia Student Organic Farm will speak about growing micro greens and high tunnel tricks. This workshop is being sponsored by a CERES Trust Organic Research Initiative Grant.
The Extending the Growing Season Workshop registration will begin at 9 am with the program running from 9:30 am - 2:30 pm. Cost to attend is $20 and includes refreshments, lunch and handouts. Pre-registration is required by Wednesday, March 5. Download the Extending the Growing Season Workshop brochure to complete the registration form. For questions contact the SWROC at 507-752-7372.
Chad Hart, Extension Economist from Iowa State University, will be the keynote speaker and discuss crop and livestock price outlooks as well as the impact of general economic conditions and agricultural policy at the 2014 Farm Management Profitability Conference, Wednesday March 26. The conference will be held at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center. The conference is co-sponsored by the Southwest Minnesota Farm Business Management Association and University of Minnesota Extension.
Don Nitchie, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Agriculture and Business Management will highlight the analysis results of the 2013 profitably and financial data trends of the Association’s member farms. This will be followed by a panel of the Association’s analysts who will discuss how to utilize these benchmarks as decision tools to manage future profit margins.
Doug Tiffany, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Agriculture and Business Management, will close the program with a discussion of the “Renewable Fuel Standard and its Value to Minnesota Producers and Communities.” He will also share information on expected changes and challenges in the bio-fuels sector.
Detailed program information and registration information is available on the Profitability Conference brochure or by calling Barb Lenning at 507-752-5094. Pre-registration is available for $20 until Friday, March 21. The registration fee after Friday, March 21 is $25.
The SWROC's 2014 Horticulture Day will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014. Speakers will include Peter Moe - MN Landscape Arboretum; John Ball - SDSU; Kathy Zuzek - U of M Extension; Stan Hokanson - U of M; and Mo Therkilsen - Sunrise Garden. Topics to be discussed include best trees for the region, pruning trees, azalea and rhododendrons, MN Landscape Arboretum and recent plant introductions, herb gardening and new plants for 2014. Watch for additional information coming soon.
Tuesday, February 11, 2014 the SWROC will be hosting a meeting on organic, alternative and non-CMO production systems. Meet with a group of experienced farmers and professionals to discuss successes and failures and answer questions related to:
Mark your calendars for the SWROC's 2014 Winter Crops and Soils Days! Winter Crops & Soils Days will be held at three locations. All locations will begin with registration at 9 AM with the program scheduled from 9:30 AM - 2:30 PM. Dates and locations include:
On May 16, 2013 two studies were planted in a Brown County, MN corn field. The field had been in continuous corn for seven years. Significant corn rootworm (CRW) damage to multiple Bacillus thuringiensis protein expressing rootworm resistant corn (Bt-RW) events was observed in this field during 2012. The research was conducted by Bruce Potter, SWROC IPM Specialist with assistance from Travis Vollmer and Jeff Irlbeck, both SWROC Research Plot Technicians.
Read the research bulletin "Bt-Rootworm Trait and At-Plant Insecticide Effect on Nodal Root Injury and Yield of Corn in a Field with a Putative Bt-RW Resistant Western Corn Rootworm Population." (pdf)
A revised reference for controlling weeds in glyphosate tolerant corn and soybean has been posted to the publication section of the University of Minnesota Applied Weed Research website. It is the top article on the publication page.
The publication, written by Dr Jeff Gunsolus and Dr. Rich Zollinger, lists effective herbicide combinations for several species with known glyphosate resistance or are otherwise hard to control with that chemistry. The publication also references herbicide site of action in spreadsheet form so you can look for ways to diversity weed control chemistry.
It's not a substitute for the label but it might be worth your while to save and keep a copy while planning and implementing your 2014 weed control.
Weed trials on both corn and beans were conducted at the SWROC during the 2013 growing season. The trials listed below were conducted by Travis Vollmer, Bruce Potter, Jeff Gunsolus, and Tom Hoverstad.
The SWROC is searching for Summer Plot Technicians to assist our Faculty members with their research projects. These positions have the responsibility of assisting in preperation, planting, caring for, sampling and harvesting of crops and collection of research data. The position is normally 40 hours per week from Monday through Friday. Working hours may be adjusted due to weather conditions or special events. Applications will be accepted until all the positions are filled. A position description and University of Minnesota application are availble by clicking on the link or by contacting Molly Werner at 507-752-5062 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The University of Minnesota is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.
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.
The first issue of IPM Stuff for 2014 is hot off the press! In this issue: Issue 1 (pdf). Rootworm research results; it's that time of year again - winter meetings; and it's not that cold. Please send an email to Molly Werner if you would like to be included on the newsletter email list.
The 2014 Variety Trials have been released. All trial information is available on the Minnesota Experiment Station website.
The SWROC has completed the November 1 soil moisture readings. The current soil moisture level is 4.20" which is 0.72" below the historic average of 4.92". To view charts related to soil moisture, view the SWROC's weather page. Soil moisture readings are collected on the 1st and 15th of the month from April through November. For additional drought information, visit the USDA Drought Monitor website. The Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the USDA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Another website of interest would be the Weekly Palmer Drought Indices on the NOAA website.
Written by Don Nitchie, Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management.
Benchmarking is a process that makes it possible to research your farming business to find opportunities to improve your financial position, efficiency and profitability. Having comparable, quality data is key to making decisions and as a result, begin to take specific actions that are crucial to long-term success. Benchmarking is promoted widely as a "best management practice" by non-agricultural businesses but, is probably even more important to agricultural producers where there is significant variability in markets, productivity and weather by locations. In times of tighter profit margins, taking advantage of financial management tools and skills can make a significant difference among producers. Effective use of benchmarking is probably one of the most important tools and skills. Read the entire fact sheet "Benchmarking Your Farm." (pdf)