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"Wheat Day" Walk-n-Talk on June 23rd


Tue, Jun 8th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Kilkenny, Minn. (06/08/2010) - University of Minnesota Extension, Rural Advantage, and Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group invite all interested parties to attend a field day focused on wheat and other small grains. Wheat Day will be held June 23, 2010 starting at 1:00pm at the Stangler farm near Kilkenny, Minnesota. Lunch will be provided by Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group and will be served starting at 12:30pm.



The field day will begin with presentations and end with a tour of small grain fields. Doug Holen with University of Minnesota Extension will be discussing small grain diseases, crop staging and input timing, and general production issues. Phil Glogoza, also with University of Minnesota Extension, will be speaking on insect issues in small grain fields as well as touching on the topic of soybean aphids. Dick Stangler, producer and member of Southern Minnesota Wheat Growers Group, will be hosting the event at his farm as well as sharing his experiences with growing wheat and other small grains. Jill Sackett, University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage, will be discussing the use of small grains as a cover crop as well as giving a short explanation of the North Central Region - Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education cover crop grant Rural Advantage is involved in. Cost-share dollars are available through the grant project.



Attendees are encouraged to bring plant samples of their small grains. Whether concerned about a pest, fertility, or just want to show-off, feel free to bring a sample of what you are seeing in your small grain field.



Questions? Contact:

Jill Sackett, University of Minnesota / Rural Advantage sacke032@umn.edu 507-238-5449

Diane Stouffer, University of Minnesota - Le Sueur/Blue Earth Co. stouf002@umn.edu 507-380-6098



Directions:

From the South: At the intersection of Hwy. 60 and Hwy. 13, turn Northwest onto Hwy. 13 and travel ¾ mile. Turn straight North onto 151st Ave. / Co. Rd. 3. Travel 5 miles North to Stangler farm on the west side of the road.

From the North: At the intersection of Hwy. 13 and Co. Rd. 2, turn East and travel 1.5 miles. Turn South on Co. Rd. 3 to the "Y". Follow the "Y" to the left (151st Ave. / Co. Rd. 3) for 1/8 mile to the Stangler farm site on West side of the road.

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Source: Jill Sackett - Extension Educator, Conservation Agronomist with University of Minnesota Extension and Rural Advantage, Fairmont, Minn.

Rural Advantage is a nonprofit corporation based in Fairmont, Minnesota. Their mission is to promote the connections between agriculture, the environment and rural communities in order to improve ecological health, economic viability and rural vitality. Their work centers around efforts to reduce agricultural nonpoint source pollution with major programming focused on the 3rd Crop Initiative, ECoPayPack development and building the Madelia Model concept. Contact them at 507.238.5449 or visit their website at www.ruraladvantage.org for more information.

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