Crop weather

Rainfall, air and soil temperatures, degree-days, soil moistures, and other current and historical weather data for the University of Minnesota Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC), a little spot about two miles west of Lamberton, MN, can be found at SWROC Weather

Field conditions have been improving with rumors of some small grain planting occurring. It looks like we have a run of cool weather until the end of next week but hoping there is not much moisture.


If you have not subscribed to Minnesota Crop News and would like to, you can do so here:https://blog-crop-news.extension.umn.edu/2019/11/reducing-bt-trait-acres-in-2020.html. I assume that most IPM Stuff subscribers also receive the MN Crop News and don’t often repost its articles and announcements. In addition to MN Crop News, surrounding states also have some excellent extension newsletters.

I was doing some editing for an update to the IPM web page at the UMN SWROC and thought you might be able to make use of some of the web-based pest management resources I use for pest ID and management information.  

Some other Pest Management Resources

  • SW MN IPM Black cutworm trapping network, pest management info

 Weather and Climate


Plants and weeds

Crop diseases

General IPM

Crop Pests

Black cutworm pheromone trapping network. 

The first weeks captures were very quiet – a good thing.

2020 Crop pest management events in SW MN 

These following are tentative dates and locations provided the CV-19 virus allows them to occur. If we can’t meet in person, I’ll try to turn them into some of those mind-numbing internet presentations that we have grown so fond of.

July 14-15 - Soybean gall midge clinics near Luverne and Montevideo (Field observations of the insect and its damage)

August 11- Crop Pest Management field day at the SWROC, Lamberton. (An opportunity to view insect, nematode, disease and weed management studies and visit with researchers). 

Sprayers and other research equipment are being made ready for 2020. My PPE could prove extra useful this year. 

Potter PPE Mask

Yes, there are at least five things wrong in this photo.

Happy trails, 

Bruce Potter

Extension IPM

University of Minnesota Southwest Research & Outreach Center

23669 130th Street

Lamberton, MN 56152

Phone: 507.752.5066  

Cell:  507.276.1184

Fax:  507.752.5097

E-mail: bpotter@umn.edu


Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/swroc

Twitter: https://twitter.com/SWMNpest