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Barriers to Bushels program addresses issues in corn, soybean production

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To help address key management issues of Central, Southwestern, and West Central Minnesota producers, Barriers to Bushels will be held at four locations in late February and early March. This is a program developed by the University of Minnesota Extension aimed at current issues and research in corn/soybean crop production with the intent to ultimately help increase a producer's bottom line. Topics include: Soil Compaction (Jodi DeJong-Hughes), Key Soybean and Corn Diseases (Dr. Dean Malvick/Phil Glogoza/Doug Holen), Agronomic Opportunities for Increasing Corn Yield (Dr. Jeff Coulter), Devoloping Weed Management Plans (Dr. Jeff Gunsolus),and IDC and Micronutrients (Dr. Dan Kaiser). Past participants expressed that they have benefited from the useful, research based, and timely information the University brings to these meetings and the open discussion format designed to encourage audience interaction. This program is aimed to provide crop management benefits for producers and Ag professionals.

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Program cost is $30 which includes lunch (provided courtesy of local sponsors) and handouts. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. at all locations with agendas, speakers, and topics varying slightly by site.

February 29th - Appleton from 9:30 - 2:30 at Shooter's Bar and Grill

Topics include:

--Soil Compaction: Causes, Effects and Control (DeJong-Hughes)

--Key Soybean Corn Diseases: Threats, Facts and Perception (Malvick)

--Agronomic Opportunities for Increasing Corn Yield (Coulter)

--Developing Weed Management Plans: Using the Right Herbicide on the Right Weed at the Right Time (Gunsolus)

March 1st - Atwater from 9:30 - 2:30 at the Atwater Community Center.

Topics include:

--Developing Weed Management Plans: Using the Right Herbicide on the Right Weed at the Right Time (Gunsolus)

--Soil Compaction: Causes, Effects and Control (DeJong-Hughes)

--Key Soybean Corn Diseases: Threats, Facts and Perception (Glogoza)

--IDC and Micronutrients: What is Needed to Maximize Soybean yields (Kaiser)

March 7th - Morris from 9:30 - 2:30 at the WC Research and Outreach Center .

Topics include:

--Key Soybean Corn Diseases: Threats, Facts and Perception (Holen)

--Soil Compaction: Causes, Effects and Control (DeJong-Hughes)

--Developing Weed Management Plans: Using the Right Herbicide on the Right Weed at the Right Time (Gunsolus)

--Agronomic Opportunities for Increasing Corn Yield (Coulter)

March 8th - Fergus Falls from 9:30 to 2:30 at the Government Services Building.

Topics include:

--Agronomic Opportunities for Increasing Corn Yield (Coulter)

--Developing Weed Management Plans: Using the Right Herbicide on the Right Weed at the Right Time (Gunsolus)

--IDC and Micronutrients: What is Needed to Maximize Soybean yields (Kaiser)

--Soil Compaction: Causes, Effects and Control (DeJong-Hughes)

Four CEU's have been applied for at each location. Pre-registration is not required. For more information contact Doug Holen the the Extension Regional Office Morris (218-770-4396) or Jodi DeJong-Hughes the the Extension Regional Office Willmar (320-815-4112).

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