Wednesday, January 30, 2013

7th Annual Crops Day Offers Strategies for a Changing Climate

Farmers and ag professionals should make plans to attend  the "7th Annual Crops Day," which will be held at Dakota Electric Association in Farmington on Tuesday, February 26 from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. 

Changing climate patterns are increasing the complexity of crop management decisions.  Rainfall variability, from drought to excessive rainfalls,  and warming temperatures have implications for many decisions, including nitrogen fertilizer management and insect pest control.  These and other topics will be addressed by University of Minnesota and Natural Resource and Conservation Service (NRCS) experts.  

Dr. Mark Seeley, Extension Climatologist, will set the stage with a look at drought trends and an outlook for 2013.  Since nitrogen fertilizer losses are a major concern with heavy rainfall events,  Dr. John Lamb, Extension Soil Scientist, will discuss the use of nitrogen stabilizers based on research conducted in Dakota County. He will also introduce updated fertilizer recommendations for corn on irrigated sands.  A soil health demonstration will be offered by Douglas Miller, an NRCS Area Resource Soil Scientist, and Ken Ostlie, Extension Entomologist, will discuss evolving issues in managing corn rootworms in his presentation, "What to do when 'simple' is gone."  Mike Plutowski, Dakota Electric Energy Service Representative, will complete the morning program with information about energy conservation programs offered to producers.

Lunch and a trade show will follow the morning program.  While there is no charge for the event,  preregistration is requested by February 21.  Sponsors for the "7th Annual Crops Day" include Dakota Electric Association, Southeast Irrigators Association, Kimmes-Bauer Well Drilling, University of Minnesota Extension and Dakota County.


The event will be held at Dakota Electric Association, located at 4300 220th St. W, 
Farmington, MN 55024 and is open to the public. To preregister, contact Phyllis Bongard, Extension Educator, at 651-480-7757 or by February 21.  Three (3) Certified Crop Advisor CEUs have been applied for.

Source: Phyllis Bongard, Extension Educator, U of M Extension in Dakota County. For more information, Phyllis can be reached at 651-480-7757 or   

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