Ag and Extension Briefs

Register now for workshop on growing soybeans that out-compete weeds

Weed management has become one of the most significant challenges in crop production as herbicide resistance continues to increase. Learn about the latest research and information to address these challenges by attending a “Strategic Farming: Growing Soybeans That Out-Compete Weeds” workshop this winter. Registration is now open at https://z.umn.edu/strategic-farming.

By attending, you will learn about:

Growing soybeans that out-compete weeds.

What are the impacts of row spacing, plant population, canopy closure, and pest pressure on soybean competitiveness and profitability?

Beating weeds at their own game.

How can we use weed biology to our advantage?

Breaking the cycle of loving a technology to death: Get off the resistance treadmill.

What are some new viable weed management options we can implement now?

Implementing a game plan.

What is your strategy to win against weeds?

Locations include: Slayton at the Murray County Fairgrounds, 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Feb. 22

Lunch is included at all locations except for Willmar where breakfast will be provided. Private Pesticide Applicator Recertification will run concurrently at the Alexandria, Fairmont, and McIntosh locations; therefore, attendance until 2:30 pm is required to receive recertification. Bonus crops production topics will be presented at the Faribault location from 12:30-2 p.m.

Registration is strongly encouraged at least five days prior to each event to assist in meal and program planning. Visit https://z.umn.edu/strategic-farming. This program is being sponsored by the Minnesota Soybean Research & Promotion Council.

For more information about this program, contact Liz Stahl at 507-372-3900 or stah0012@umn.edu, or Seth Naeve at 612-625-4298 or naeve002@umn.edu.

Minnesota sheriff to investigate livestock killed by wolves

HALLOCK (AP) — A northern Minnesota sheriff says his office is better equipped than state or federal officials to investigate when wolves are suspected in the death of ranchers’ livestock.

Minnesota Public Radio reported that Kittson County Sheriff Steve Porter is using a Minnesota law that allows sheriffs to investigate whether livestock deaths were caused by wolves.

Such investigative duties have previously fallen to the state Department of Natural Resources or the U.S. Department of Agriculture Wildlife Services.

Kittson County ranchers have submitted 45 claims of wolf kills over the past six years. The state has paid nearly $60,000 in compensation. But Porter believes ranchers have lost more than $118,000 in uncompensated losses.

State and federal officials say it’s unlikely that wolves killed all of the missing cattle.

Iowa livestock farmers manage subzero temperatures

FARLEY, Iowa (AP) — Frigid temperatures are creating challenges for Iowa farmers who said animals can endure cold winter conditions but need extra attention to stay healthy and productive.

Iowa entered 2018 with subzero temperatures. The National Weather Service reported a Jan. 1 record temperature in Dubuque of 21 degrees below zero. Wind chills on the first two days of the year reached negative 30 degrees.

Dairy farmer Wayne Kramer told the Telegraph Herald that his livestock needs to be partially protected from the frigid conditions on his rural Farley farm. He said the cold weather can make cows uncomfortable and cut into productivity.

“They are just like humans in the sense that they move a little slower when it gets cold,” said Kramer. “If they get too cold, they will eat less and drink less, and that can affect their milk production.”

Kramer moves his cows indoors to be milked. He said it’s important to dry the teats after milking because that part of the cow is susceptible to freezing.

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