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For the fourteenth year, Crops Day will bring specialists to Dakota County to share local research results and crop management strategies with producers and other agricultural professionals. This event is free and open to the public, but pre-registration is requested. Register here.

Crops Day will be held 9 a.m. – 1 p.m on Wednesday, Mar. 4 at Dakota Electric Association, 4300 220th St. W., Farmington. Registration will start at 8:30 a.m. Lunch will be provided, thanks to sponsorship by the Dakota Electric Association. The Southeast Minnesota Irrigators Association will hold its annual meeting after lunch.

Crops Day is sponsored by Dakota Electric Association, Southeast Irrigators Association, University of Minnesota Extension and Dakota County.



8:30 a.m. Registration

9:00 a.m. Nitrogen Best Management Practices in Dakota County: Which ones on which acres? — Greg Klinger, Extension Educator, University of Minnesota, Rochester

9:30 a.m. Integrated Pest Management – Insect Update for Minnesota Dr. Anthony Hanson, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

10:00 a.m. Weed Management 2020: Many Problems with Many Solutions— Ryan Miller, Regional Crops Educator, University of Minnesota, Rochester

10:30 a.m. Break

10:45 a.m. New Dakota County Weather Station — Ashley Gallagher, Resource Conservationist, Dakota County Soil & Water Conservation District

10:50 a.m. Weather Data and Irrigation Scheduling — Dr. Vasudha Sharma, Irrigation Specialist, University of Minnesota, St. Paul

11:20 a.m. New and Improved: Midwest Cover Crops Council Online Selector Tool — Dr. Anna Cates, State Soil Health Specialist, University of Minnesota, St Paul

11:50 a.m. Energy Conservation Programs — Mike Plutowski, Dakota Electric Association

12:00 p.m. Lunch with the experts and trade show

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