Minnesota Workshops Focus On Spending Money For Max ROI

Foliar fungicide application to soybeans. Photo: George Silva, Michigan State University

In crop production, what is the likelihood of seeing a positive economic return on investment (ROI) from a foliar fungicide application or a “build and maintain” soil fertility program? Which strategies are worth the time and money when managing soybean aphid? What seed and technology trait decisions are the most important for your operation?

Farmers and others in ag can hear the latest University of Minnesota research and information addressing these questions and more at the 2019 “Strategic Farming – Maximizing Return on Investment” workshops. Not only will key cost factors in crop budgets be reviewed, but tips will also be provided to help evaluate ag research and marketing claims in order to make the best management decisions on the farm.

Registration is now open at z.umn.edu/strategic-farming for these workshops sponsored by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council. Registration at least 7 days prior to each event is strongly encouraged in order to guarantee a seat, handouts, and a meal.

Locations include:

  • Alexandria, Broadway Ballroom Event Center, January 22
  • Wheaton, American Legion, February 5
  • Paynesville, American Legion, February 6
  • Fairmont, Knights of Columbus, February 14
  • Austin, Riverland Community College, Austin West Bldg, Room 237/240, February 20
  • Slayton, 4-H Bldg, Murray County Fairgrounds, February 21
  • Owatonna, Community Center, Steele County Fairgrounds, February 26
  • McIntosh, McIntosh Community Center, February 26
  • North Mankato, South Central College, Heritage Hall, February 27
  • Montevideo, American Legion, March 7
  • Hutchinson, Hutchinson Event Center, March 12
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 Alexandria, 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 12:30-2:00 pm. The Small Grains Program will follow from 12:30 – 4:00 pm at the Slayton location.

For more details and to register, click here.

Additional information is available from Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 or stah0012@umn.edu, or Seth Naeve at 612-625-4298 or naeve002@umn.edu.

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