Nicollet & Sibley County Ag News
2023 Crop Management Update
The University of Minnesota is excited to announce the 2023 Crop Management Update set for Friday, March 3, 2023. This event will run from 10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at Hahn’s Dining and Lounge, in Winthrop. Registration will begin at 9:30 a.m. Come hear University of Minnesota researchers and Extension educators discuss crop management considerations for the 2023 growing season. The cost for the event is free and a Lenten lunch will be provided.
Following is a list of topics and speakers for the event:
Integrated Pest Management: Managing management resistant insects in 2023- Bruce Potter, Extension IPM Specialist
Nutrient Management Considerations: Soil testing and interpretation: What’s important, what’s not.- Jeff Vetsch, Soil Scientist
Weed Management: University of Minnesota Weed Research- Tom Hoverstad, Weed Scientist
Crop Management: Hot Topics-Corn Tar Spot, Palmer Amaranth, Soybean Diseases - David Nicolai, Extension Educator, Crops
The event wouldn’t be possible without our partner and sponsor, Nicollet/Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers. The meal for the event is brought to you by the Nicollet/Sibley County Corn and Soybean Growers and their checkoff dollars.
Pre-registration for the event is requested for a meal count by February 27, 2023. Online registration can be found at z.umn.edu/CropManagement2023 or call the Sibley County Extension office at 507-237-4100 or email@example.com.
Varroa Mites in Bees Webinar
Monday, March 13, 2023, 6:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Managing varroa mites can be one of the biggest challenges in beekeeping. Dr. Katie Lee, Apiculture Extension Educator and co-coordinator for the Minnesota Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE), will go over varroa mite biology, how biology can inform management practices, how to estimate varroa levels in a colony, and different types of management options and the best time of year to use each.
Beef Quality Assurance Training
Tuesday, March 21, 2023
7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.
Scott County Extension office
7151 190th St W , Jordan, MN 55352
This will be a hybrid in-person viewing of the BQA training. Viewing and post test will be facilitated by Colleen Carlson, Extension Educator, for those who do not have good internet connection. You may reserve your spot by calling 507-521-3640 or just show up.
If you prefer to participate from your home register with the link below,
BQA ONLINE TRAINING
WHEN: TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 2023 @ 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM CT
REGISTER AT: Z.UMN.EDU/BQAMARCH21
Specialty Crops Meeting
March 21, 2023
1:00 p.m. to 3:15 p.m.
Carver County Extension office
11360 US-212, Cologne, MN 55322
What are the opportunities for growing and marketing specialty crops in our region?
Meet the farmers growing and marketing specialty crops to learn if niche crops fit into your crop rotation.
This meeting will be of interest to farmers, specialty crop farmers, entrepreneurs and food systems professionals.
Free, contact Colleen Carlson for more information, 507-521-3640
Why Should We Test Our Soil?
The UMN 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.
Click here for a step-by-step walk through the soil sampling process with infographics by Troy Salzer and Becca Marston, St. Louis County. We'll take a deeper look into and provide more information about soil sampling, cover why you should consider, how to collect, how to submit, and how to interpret a soil sample submission.
Soil Test bags are available for your use and soil test probes can be checked out for your use in Sibley and Nicollet County Extension offices.
Connect with us!
Nicollet County Extension Office
Sibley County Extension Office
Location: 111 8th Street, Gaylord, MN, USA