Can you guess the 10 plants that changed Minnesota? Learn these plants along with fun and educational STEM activities designed for middle and high school students, but easily adapted to younger students at the 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota workshops! Activities range from measuring the value of a tree, the parts of a corn plant, comparing wild rice populations in Minnesota lakes, how plant breeders produce new apples, and the nutritional value of soybeans. All activities meet Minnesota graduation standards.
There are 12 workshops in 2017, including a workshop at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center on June 20th. For more information, visit the 10 Plants That Changed Minnesota website or contact University of Minnesota professor Dr. Mary Meyer, firstname.lastname@example.org.
The economics of 2017 corn production have challenged many farmers with minimizing losses per acre. One area that some farmers have targeted for reducing costs is hybrid selection. Planting corn hybrids without Bt protection for European corn borer (ECB), corn rootworm or both will greatly reduce seed costs. However, if not careful, farmers could inadvertently reduce crop revenues if they select hybrids without considering yield potential or insect populations in their fields.
SWROC is now accepting applications for 2017 summer student plot technicians. These technicians normally work 40 hours per week and are responsible for assisting in the preparation, planting, caring for, sampling, and harvesting of crops and collection of research data. This is a great resume-building opportunity and gives students hands-on experience with research. View and download the full position description and application here.
The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have just published the 2016 Field Crop Trials Bulletin. Simply follow the link above to find the results for your crop of interest or follow these links to find spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, oats, soybeans, silage corn or grain corn directly.
A blog post on corn grain trial results and criteria to advance hybrid selection is now available on the Minnesota Crop News blog. Read it here.
In 2016, the SWROC and the WCROC in Morris ran organic corn performance trials. Blue River Hybrids and Albert Lea Seed (Viking brand) sent five varieties of 85 to 97 day corn for evaluation. Results of the 2016 organic corn performance trials are available here.
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 email@example.com.
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.