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“Are You Resistance Ready?” Workshop & Southern Small Grains Program to be Held in Slayton

Melissa Runck is an Extension Educator-Ag Production Systems with University of Minnesota Extension in Murray and Pipestone Counties. 

University of Minnesota Extension will be offering a “Are You Resistance Ready?” Workshop and Small Grains Program in Slayton, MN on Thursday, February 23.  This workshop will be similar to the previous crops and small grains program held in Murray County, but this year’s morning program will have a more specific focus on weed management and new herbicide resistant technologies, followed by the annual Small Grains program delivered by Jochum Wiersma, U of M Small Grains Specialist.  A short presention by U of M Extension Educator Randy Pepin discussing “Integrating Cover Crops and Manure” will take place following the noon meal; first year’s trial results from the Pipestone site in 2016 will be shared.  

Schedule for the Slayton “Are You Resistance Ready?” Workshop & Southern Small Grains Tour presentation:

• Check-in: 8:30–9:00 a.m.

• “Are You Resistance Ready?” Workshop: 9:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.

•  Lunch: 12–12:30 p.m.

• Integrating Cover Crops & Manure: 12:30–1 p.m.

• Souther Small Grains Tour presentation: 1–4:00 p.m.

Program will be held at the 4-H Building-Exhibit Hall, 3048 S Broadway Ave., in Slayton.

Resistance Ready Workshop: Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years.  Herbicide-resistant weeds are a significant management challenge, and resistance issues are expanding in scope and geography.  Once herbicide-resistance is discovered in a weed population, it doesn’t just go away, and an increasing number of weed populations in MN are resistant to multiple herbicide chemistries or site of action (SOA) groups. 

How did we get into this situation, what can we do to combat resistant weeds, and how can we help preserve current management tools and those coming onto the market? 

These questions and more will be addressed at U of MN Extension “Strategic Farming – Are You Resistance Ready” workshops.   Weed management research, weed biology, cultural tools, and the new herbicide-resistant crop technologies will be discussed to help develop effective weed management programs for today and the long-run.    

Integrating Cover Crops & Manure: Lately there has been a lot of discussion on cover crop benefits, such as wind and water erosion control.  Many conventional livestock producers struggle to envision how cover crops can fit into their operations, especially with seasonal injection of liquid manure.  We will explore seeding winter cereal rye immediately after harvesting either corn silage or soybeans, then injecting liquid manure into the growing rye later that fall.  Seeding winter cereal rye after soybean harvest could be an option for cash crop farmers too.   Is this practice feasible and what are the benefits and challenges?

For planning purposes, pre-registration for this event is requested at http://z.umn.edu/resready by  February 20.  A registration fee of $15.00 will be collected at the door to help cover program costs, and this fee includes a noon meal.  

For further details, see the program flyer at:  http://z.umn.edu/resreadyflyer.  A special thanks goes to local Corn and Soybean Growers Associations, Monsanto, Avoca Spray Service,  Chandler Coop, and Spronk Seed Farm for helping support these workshops.  

Please contact Melissa Runck at 507-836-6927 or mkrunck@umn.edu  if you have any questions.

Speakers: Ryan Miller and Liz Stahl, Extension Educators in Crops