Fall fertilizer

Farmers wanting to learn more about crop management strategies to maximize return on investment, can attend one of several workshops University of Minnesota Extension is hosting throughout the area this winter.

Key cost factors in crop budgets is the main focus of the events. Experts will discuss the likelihood investments in fungicide, fertilizer, seed traits and other practices pay off. They’ll touch on soybean aphid management strategies, tips to evaluate marketing claims, and best management practices to make sure your grain is marketable.

Sessions are set for:

Feb. 5: Wheaton, American Legion

Feb. 6: Paynesville, American Legion

Feb. 14: Fairmont, Knights of Columbus

Feb. 20: Austin, Riverland Community College, Austin West Building, Room 237/240

Feb. 21: Slayton, 4-H Bounding, Murray County Fairgrounds

Feb. 26: Owatonna, Community Center, Steele County Fairgrounds

Feb. 26: McIntosh, McIntosh Community Center

Feb. 27: North Mankato, South Central College, Heritage Hall

March 7: Montevideo, American Legion

March 12: Hutchinson, Hutchinson Event Center

Register at least a week before the event at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming.

All programs will run from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (except for the Owatonna program which will run from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.), and include lunch. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification will run concurrently at the Fairmont, and McIntosh locations where attendance until 2:30 pm is required to receive recertification. Bonus crop production topics will be presented at the Owatonna location from 12:30-2 p.m. The Small Grains Program will follow from 12:30-4 p.m. at the Slayton location.

For more information, contact Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 or stah0012@umn.edu, or Seth Naeve at 612-625-4298 or naeve002@umn.edu.