A high-yield soybean educational conference for producers and ag professionals is scheduled March 9 in Hutchinson and March 10 in North Mankato.
The University of Minnesota Extension Service developed the program, which was designed to address key management issues of soybean producers in southern Minnesota. It's titled "Soybean Yield Drivers and Profit Robbers."
Topics and Extension specialists at both locations include:
"¢Soybean economics, Dave Bau--economic trends, input costs and budgets
"¢Soybean management, Seth Naeve"populations and planting dates, maturity and variety selection, and seed treatments
"¢Soybean diseases, Dean Malvick"soybean plant health, SCN and Asian soybean rust
"¢Weed management, Jeff Gunsolus"herbicide timing, resistant weeds
"¢Insect management, Ken Ostlie"soybean aphid management, application technology
"¢Soils, George Rehm"fertility, iron chlorosis
Pre-registration is encouraged and ends Friday, March 3, 2006. To register, call the University of Minnesota Extension Service Regional Center in Albert Lea at (800) 241-0718, or send the sign-up form in located at http://www.extension.umn.edu/cropenews/2006/pdfs/SoybeanProgramMarch06.pdf.
The fee for the program is $35 per person; on-site registrations will be accepted on a space available basis. Both sessions run from 9 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Locations are: March 9, Hutchinson Event Center, 1005 Hwy. 15 S. Plaza 15; and March 10, Best Western in North Mankato, 1111 Range St., (Hwy. 169 south of Hwy. 14).