Hands-on activities will be emphasized at an upcoming soybean conference developed by the University of Minnesota Extension Service. Identical programs, titled "Soybean Yield Drivers and Profit Robber,"ť are scheduled March 10 in North Mankato.
Hands-on activities will include free soybean protein and oil testing (producers should bring a one-pint sample). There will also be live soybean cyst nematodes that you can view through a microscope. And, representatives from the University of Minnesota Plant Disease Clinic will be available to answer questions.
Extension specialists and their scheduled topics 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).