There were some great presentations and two-way dialogue between university researchers and attendees at the 2013 Soybean Symposium sponsored by the U of M and the MN Soybean Research & Promotion Council. This event has been held at the U of M Landscape Arboretum since it’s inception.
This year’s sessions focused on resistance management of soybean insects, diseases and weeds as well as corn root worm beetles. Attendees were crop consultants, farmers, agronomists as well as a number of ag media representatives. The seed company reps may have been uncomfortable with some of the topics discussed because, if the farmers followed the recommendations, especially on soybean seed treatments, it would go against what they’re pushing on the farmers. Continue reading
We spent Wednesday hauling the last of Otto Farms corn to town. Things didn’t go as smoothly as expected. We picked up two used trucks in December and this is the first real use of them pulling loads. The 2005 Freightliner didn’t hardly make it out of the gate. We had air pressure issues that in turn caused horsepower issues. So we hauled with the 2002 International until an air bag started to leak. Down to no trucks for half a day then pulled things together at the end to get the bin empty before the roads became unnavigable due to the spring thaw.
Had a great meeting on Friday, February hosted by the Nicollet and Sibley Counties U of M Extension. Jody DeJong-Hughes put presented on many soil related topics. It was an intensive 8 hour class designed to provide a basic understanding of soil science principles.
Links to some of Jodi’s publications: Soil Compaction, The Soil is Alive!, Tires, Traction & Compaction
A big thank you to all involved.
A nice snow in Redwood Falls, MN but too much wind. Had to open the road this morning. No plows even by the end of the day.
Attended the Winter Crops and Soils Day put on by the University of MN, SWROC. Great topics and excellent speakers.
A big Thank You to Harvest Land Coop and Ag Quest for providing area farmers with a meeting full of information pertinent to their farming operation. It takes a lot of planning to put together a meeting where farmers can go home and make informed decisions to benefit their farm operation.
Had a great education at the 2013 Ag Outlook Meeting in Marshall, MN. Thanks to the MN Soybean Research and Promotion Council and Linder Farm Network for putting this on. The focus was on management and marketing with many expert presenters. Continue reading
A big thank you to the Sleepy Eye marketing club for hosting Ed Usset’s pre-harvest marketing program. It was an informative presentation on the tools available for pricing and marketing crops. A similar meeting was hosted in December by the Wanda marketing club but that dealt with post-harvest marketing.
Marketing the crop has always been difficult. You want to sell high and kick your self when you don’t sell at the top instead of feeling good year after year by marketing above your break even. This is the goal of Ed’s presentations. Find your break even and set your plan in motion with that as your goal.
You can learn more at Ed’s blog – http://edsworld.wordpress.com/
Attended the Research Professionals meeting at SWROC Lamberton on Thursday, January 10. The University of Minnesota is doing some fantastic work to make farming viable long term but some things need to change or we (farmers) will risk losing a lot of tools from our toolbox. I’m speaking metaphorically of course. These tools include continued management of weeds and insects that threaten our livelihood. If we continue without change, change will be forced on us with large monetary costs, not but the government or companies but by being caught off guard to things already happening. Continue reading