Displaying all 21 episodes

Making Cover Crop Decisions (8/25/21)

This episode featured Anna Cates, Extension soil health specialist, Liz Stahl, Extension educator - crops, and Troy Salzer, Ag production systems educator in St. Louis County to discuss potential cover crop options for this fall and next spring given the dry conditions.

Late-season disease issues and soybean agronomics (8/18/21)

This episode featured Drs. Dean Malvick and Angie Peltier to talk about current disease issues in the state. Dr. Seth Naeve was also online to discuss soybean agronomy as the growing season begins to wind down.

Evaluating Weed Control in 2021 (8/11/21)

This episode featured Drs. Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed management specialist and Tom Peters, Extension sugarbeet agronomist to discuss what worked and what didn’t for weed control in 2021. We discussed some of the observations across the state and in the research trials this year, and how that can be used to help improve weed control in 2022.

Late-season insect and mite issues (8/4/21)

This episode featured Dr. Ken Ostlie, Corn Extension Entomologist, and Dr. Bob Koch, Soybean Extension Entomologist, both with the University of Minnesota Department of Entomology as well as Bruce Potter, IPM Extension Specialist based out of Lamberton, MN.

Forages in a Drought (7/28/21)

This episode featured Dr. Craig Sheaffer, University of Minnesota Forage Agronomist, Nathan Drewitz, Extension Educator in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison counties, and Troy Salzer, Extension Educator in St. Louis County to discuss management of alfalfa, corn silage, and alternative forages in a drought.

Bonus Episode: Dicamba vs. 2,4-D – a tale of cupped leaves? (7/16/21)

This episode featured featured Drs. Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed management specialist, Tom Peters, Extension sugarbeet agronomist, Seth Naeve, Extension soybean agronomist, and Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, to discuss cupped soybean leaves. Cupped soybean leaves are no rarity in Minnesota; however, the number of fields with cupped, wrinkled, and or strapped soybean leaves in 2021 is quite extraordinary.

Midsummer Crop Fertility Update: Tissue Testing and Nitrogen Needs (7/14/21)

Our University of Minnesota Extension staff: Dr. Dan Kaiser, Extension Soil Specialist and Brad Carlson, Extension Educator in Nutrient and Water Quality discussed the proper use of diagnostic tools such as crop tissue testing and nitrogen basal corn stalk testing to provide a checkup on current crop growth and nutrient needs in Minnesota.

What’s up with Corn and Soybean Diseases? (7/7/21)

This episode featured Dr. Dean Malvick, Extension plant pathologist, and Dr. Angie Peltier, Extension Educator-crops in northwestern MN, to discuss corn and soybean pathogens. This is the time of year where growers may be considering fungicide options or if they are needed, especially as soybeans enter flowering stages when white mold infection may occur. With the dry conditions, fields with soybean cyst nematode may also be more noticeable than in previous years. Being in a drought does not mean diseases will entirely go away. This episode discusses which diseases will likely be problematic this year, and what management considerations may be needed.

Insect Management in Dry Weather (6/30/21)

This episode featured Dr. Ian MacRae, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologist, and Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist, to discuss insect management issues to be on the lookout for this year. Hot and dry conditions can mean we may see different pest complexes than most years, such as spider mites and grasshoppers. Regulatory changes for insecticides, such as chlorpyrifos, are also pending and could significantly affect what insecticide options growers have left to use this year.

Early season crop water use and drought stress (6/23/21)

Dr.'s Seth Naeve, Jeff Coulter, and Vasudha Sharma discuss current soybean and corn growth, development, water use, and irrigation for Minnesota crops.

Weather and Pest Updates (6/16/21)

This episode featured Dr. Dennis Todey, Director of the USDA Midwest Climate Hub, and Bruce Potter, Extension IPM specialist, to discuss weather and pest updates. Dr. Todey discussed the current, short- and medium-range outlooks for precipitation and temperature. Bruce Potter gave updates us on pest activity, including alfalfa weevil, corn rootworm, soybean gall midge and spider mites.

Weed Management and Small Grain Update (6/9/21)

This episode featured Drs. Debalin Sarangi, Extension weed management specialist, Tom Peters, Extension sugarbeet agronomist, and Jochum Wiersma, Extension small grains specialist, to discuss postemergence herbicide applications and early season weed control challenges in addition to an update on small grains in Minnesota.

Side dressing (6/2/2021)

This episode featured University of Minnesota Extension Specialists, Dr. Dan Kaiser, Dr. Fabian Fernandez, Dr. Jeff Vetch, and Dr. Melissa Wilson to discuss Nitrogen fertilizer considerations on corn as side dressing operations start up throughout the state.

Bonus – Freezing Temperatures? (5/28/21)

This bonus episode featured University of Minnesota Extension Specialists, Dr. Jeff Coulter, Dr. Seth Naeve, Dr. Jochum Wiersma, and North Dakota State University Extension Agronomist Dr. Hans Kandel to discuss the recent freezing temperatures and what that means for crops in northern Minnesota and North Dakota.

Alfalfa Production (5/26/21)

This episode featured University of Minnesota Extension Educator, Nathan Drewitz, who works in Stearns, Benton, and Morrison Counties, to discuss the Alfalfa Harvest alert program, which collects scissors-cut samples from throughout parts of Minnesota to monitor the ideal cutting time for alfalfa. This episode talks about the status of alfalfa this year, as well as some of the interesting environmental and insect issues that have come up in areas of the state.

Stand Establishment and Early Season Scouting (5/19/21)

This episode featured University of Minnesota Extension Agronomists Dr. Seth Naeve, Dr. Jeff Coulter, and Dr. Jochum Wiersma to discuss early season stand establishment and scouting of soybeans, corn, and small grains. This year has brought some interesting early-season conditions in some areas of the state. Now is the time to evaluate crop stands to ensure we maximize our yield potential this year.

Weed Management with the Dry Conditions (5/12/21)

This episode featured special guests Dr. Debalin Sarangi, University of Minnesota Extension corn & soybean weed specialist, and Dr. Tom Peters, University of Minnesota sugarbeet weed specialist, to talk about weed control this year and how the current spring weather and soil condition might influence our management decisions.

Crop Progress and Pest Management (5/5/21)

This episode featured special guests Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist with the University of Minnesota and Stephan Melson, a crop consultant with United AgTech, LLC in Trimont, MN to discuss how the growing season is progressing as well as pest and agronomic issues that are cropping up so far this year.

Crop Marketing Outlook (4/28/21)

This episode featured special guest Ed Usset, Grain Marketing Specialist with the University of Minnesota to discuss the recent uptick in grain markets, including considerations for marketing both old and new crop corn, soybeans, and wheat. We also discussed how the current grain markets may influence crop management considerations with Jeff Coulter and Seth Naeve.

Weather and Planting Outlook (4/21/21)

This episode featured special guest Dennis Todey, Director of the Midwest Climate Hub in Ames, Iowa. Dennis addressed the current weather outlook as it pertains to row crop management. We also addressed current corn, soybean, and nutrient management considerations with Jeff Coulter, Seth Naeve, and Dan Kaiser.

Introduction to Field Notes

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