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Notes from Emma Severns
Happy Holidays! To me this is really the most wonderful time of the year. With the winter season comes an abundance of Extension events and opportunities to meet with all of you. Consider joining one of our many events this winter and also take some time to reflect on any education you may want to see from Extension this upcoming year. I am always looking for better ways to serve our community and your input helps me to do so. I hope you all enjoy this holiday season!
Hot Topics in Agriculture
Winter Protection for Plants
Four soil test myths that farmers should know
In this episode of the Nutrient Management Podcast, we’re talking about soil test myths. First, why is it important to discuss these pervasive myths surrounding soil tests? Myth 1: the Mehlich-3 test is a better test for farmers to consider: Myth 2: I can predict my nitrogen requirement with the cation exchange capacity test. Myth 3: K base saturation is the better way to predict potassium. Myth 4: I need to run an analysis of all micronutrients.
Land Rent Workshop
St. Peter- 9:30-11:30am
St. Peter - 1:30 - 3:30 pm
Nicollet County Health & Human Services Building-River Room
(622 S Front St, St Peter, MN 56082)
Soil Management Summit
December 15-16 at the Park Event Center (500 Division St, Waite Park, MN 56387)
The Soil Management Summit emphasizes proven farmer experience and applied science. Straight from the fields, learn how heavier, colder soils aren’t necessarily the challenge they’re made out to be. Hear from long-time no-till, reduced tillage, and cover crop farmers as they share their experiences, so you can be spared the same hard-learned lessons.The summit features presentations and Q & A with researchers, farmers and agricultural advisors, information from sponsors, and conversations with farmers experienced in different soil health practices.
For more information and to register click here.
Online Extension Events
Pollinator Habitat Webinar Series
Are you interested in creating pollinator habitat, but you don’t know where to begin? Check out this upcoming webinar series to help guide you in your pollinator plan. University of Minnesota Extension Educators are excited to bring you this webinar series on creating your own pollinator habitat. This three-part series will cover how to create a pollinator-friendly garden, bee lawn and prairie planting. Join us January 31, February 1 & 2 from 1:30-2:30 pm each afternoon for this
Essentials for the cattle owner with a day job- Nov. 3, 10, 17
Back by popular demand, seven online horse certificate courses will be offered by UMN Extension in 2023! Courses include managing overweight horses, composting horse carcasses, horse biosecurity, manure management, basic horse nutrition, growing and feeding horse hay, and horse pasture establishment and management.
The 6-week courses begin on Monday, January 9 and conclude on Sunday, February 19. Registration ($75 per course) is required by January 8 .
Strategic Farming: Let's talk crops! is back for 2023
Pull up a chair and join in or bring the conversation with you as you go about your day. Whatever works best for you, join us this winter to discuss some of the key issues and questions around commodity crop production facing Minnesota farmers today through the “Strategic Farming: Let’s Talk Crops” webinar series. This live, online program will provide up-to-date, research-based information to help optimize your crop management strategies for 2023. Sessions will be held over Zoom from 9:00 to 10:00 am Wednesdays, January 11 through March 29, 2023.
MDA Down Payment Assistance Grant
Food safety certification for specialty crops program
University Resources for You
UMN forage and cover crop species database
The UMN forage and cover crop species database is a tool for understanding and providing a description of 30 different crop species. This includes agronomic recommendations and soil health implications. You can also view "The Forage Field Trip" series of videos for more information.
UMN Soil Testing Laboratory
The Soil Testing Laboratory is part of the Department of Soil, Water, and Climate in the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resources.
Soil testing takes the guesswork out of fertilizer recommendations, ensures fertile soil without pollution of the environment, and makes good economic sense. Our recommendations are based on laboratory results, soil characteristics, crop history, crop nutrient requirements and are specific to Minnesota locations and conditions.
Please email us at email@example.com, or call 612-625-3101 for more information. (Email messages often result in the fastest response.)
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Nicollet County Extension Office
Location: 501 South Minnesota Avenue, St Peter, MN 56082, USA