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Alfalfa-Corn Field Day

Fri, Jun 18th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The field day will be on the Kevin and Chris Borgen farm June 28th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (registration from 12:30-1:00) at the site located ½ mile north of the intersection of Hwy. 30 and Hwy. 11, located east of Chatfield, MN. This is about eight miles north of Fountain taking County Hwy. 11; seven miles east of Chatfield on State Hwy. 30; sixteen miles west of Rushford on State Hwy. 30; or four miles south of Troy following Winona County 43 until it turns into Fillmore County 11.

This will be a jammed packed two hours with the following topics and speakers: "Corn agronomics to optimize production and minimize risk," Jeff Coulter; "Starter fertilizer management for corn," Dan Kaiser; "Corn silage management and hybrid selection," Jerry Tesmer; "Potassium management for alfalfa," Matt Yost; "On-farm experience with alfalfa-corn rotations," Kevin Borgen, Mike Zabel; and "Nitrogen cycling in alfalfa-corn rotations and plot tour," Michael Russelle.

Jeff Coulter, extension corn agronomist, and Michael Russelle, USDA-ARS soil scientist are following up on 2009 research in five other locations. Rotating alfalfa with corn is useful to: 1) reduce soil erosion, 2) enhance soil tilth and carbon storage, 3) reduce weed seedbanks, 4) disrupt the life cycles of disease and insect pests of corn, and 5) supply nitrogen (N) to the subsequent corn crop.

For further information contact: Jerry Tesmer, U of M Extension,, 507-765-3896 or Jeff Coulter, U of M Extension,, 612-625-1796.

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