The University of Minnesota is seeking organic produce farms in Minnesota, northern Iowa, eastern North & South Dakota, and western Wisconsin to participate in a research project funded by the USDA's Organic Agriculture Research and Extension Initiative. The aim of this multiregional study is to provide organic farmers with science-based, effective strategies that limit food safety risks when using valuable raw manure soil amendments. Download the flyer with more information here. If you are interested in participating, please contact Paulo Pagliari at 507-752-7372 or

Although we are waiting for final confirmation, we strongly advise people to check their pollinator planting sites for the presence of Palmer Amaranth.

Bruce Potter followed up on a crop consultant's request to investigate a newly established pollinator planting in Yellow Medicine County on September 20th. The grower and consultant are to be commended for detecting and reporting this site during the establishment year. Continue reading here.

A nearly $5 million state investment in agricultural productivity at the University of Minnesota will be used this year to hire scientists and improve infrastructure across seven areas of collaboration spanning three U of M colleges and at research and outreach and Extension sites across the state. Read more here.

The 33rd annual Southwest Minnesota Ag Lenders Conference will be held on Tuesday, August 9 at the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton. Agricultural lenders, farm managers, and agribusiness professionals throughout southwest Minnesota are encouraged to attend. Download the brochure & registration form here.

Michael Boland, Agribusiness Management and Information Technology Professor at the University of Minnesota, will deliver a keynote address titled “Trends in the Food Economy: Implications for Retail Agribusinesses and Production Agriculture”. Dale Nordquist, Associate Director of the U of M Center for Farm Financial Management, will present “From Peak to Valley: Financial Trends for Minnesota Producers”.


A hands-on, in-field field day be held on Monday, July 11th at the SWROC to help producers make management decisions based on their own in-field assessments and to better identify potential problems. The field day will cover topics including: weeds & herbicides, pest scouting, soil infiltration rings & soil health, corn & soybean growth stages, and conducting on-farm trials. To register, email or call the SWROC at 507-752-7372.

field school 2016The 2016 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on Tuesday, July 26 and Wednesday, July 27 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station located on the University of Minnesota St. Paul campus. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and then it builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day. 

The SWROC's annual Organic Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 6th, and the Organic Field School will be held on Wednesday, July 13th. Click here for more information and to register for these events.

SWROC Cropping Systems Scientist Axel Garcia y Garcia received funding for a project investigating the use of cover crops to manage nitrogen from the Minnesota Corn Growers Association. Read more about the project in the La Crosse Tribune here.

New information on the effectiveness of neonicotinoid seed treatments in soybean is now available. Click here to view the pdf. SWROC IPM Specialist Bruce Potter collaborated on the piece, which is a joint publication of twelve state universities in the Midwest.

The University of Minnesota Extension featured the article Calculated Decisions in its recent edition of Source magazine. The article highlights the importance of careful planning and informed decision making in marketing plans.