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UW Extension Crop Management Update February 10th

(1/31/12) Managing grain in storage, weeds, pests, and soil fertility considerations in the current markets are the headline topics for this year’s UW Extension Crop Management Update that will be held at Jake’s Northwoods at Sparta on February 10th.  Registration starts at 9:30 and presentations begin at 10:00 am.  The workshop will wrap up at approximately 2:30 pm


Kicking off the update will be Fritz Breitenbach and Lisa Behnken, University of Minnesota Extension Regional Crops Specialists who cover southeast Minnesota.  They will present current information on managing pests and weeds featuring the results from their extensive research projects conducted in southeastern Minnesota on corn and soybeans.


Dr. Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State Extension Biosystems Ag Engineer will be joining live via the internet for an interactive presentation on Best Practices and Tips for Successful Management of Drying and Storing Grain.  Dr. Hellevang is the upper Midwest’s leading resources on grain drying and storage facilities and management.  He will share his knowledge and experience on a variety of important factors for successful drying and storage of grain.


Local Extension Agents will present information on considerations for preparing farm land rental agreements and contracts, and an update on the 2011 local field projects over the noon hour. 


UW Extension Soil Fertility Specialist Dr. Carrie Laboski will review a variety of soil fertility related topics including procedures for tissue sampling to get useful results.  Carrie will also be discussing good fertilizer input practices to get the most bang for your buck.  Even though grain prices are high, fertilizer is not cheap either and efficient use is still paramount to profitability.


Please pre-register for the workshop by calling the Monroe County Extension Office at 608-269-8722.


Local Sponsors for this workshop include: Advantage Agri-Service in Onalaska, Citizens First Bank, Sparta, Country Farm Supply & Melrose Farm Supply, Federation Cooperative in Black River Falls, Heartland Country Coop in Westby and Cashton, Union National Bank and Trust, Sparta, Farmers Co-op Shipping and Supply in Tomah and West Salem, Sparta Cooperative, and the UW Extension Offices in Buffalo, Jackson, La Crosse, Monroe, Trempealeau and Vernon Counties.






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