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Published January 30, 2010, 12:00 AM

Farm Briefs

Winter Crops Day is Wednesday

LAMBERTON — The Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton will host Winter Crops and Soils Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday. The program addresses a variety of current agricultural production challenges facing producers, in particular, residue and fertilizer management, and current pest and disease issues. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m.

Speakers from the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus and research and outreach centers will cover topics including tillage and nutrient management choices for corn following corn; nitrogen, sulfur and residue management for corn following corn; and corn soybean rotations. Other topics include corn rootworm resistance management options, corn production management strategies for increasing soybean yield, brown stem rot, and economic conditions of crop production.

The event is open to the public. The $15 fee covers handouts and lunch. Registration is not required. View a detailed schedule of Winter Crops Day at http://swroc.cfans.umn.edu. For additional information, call the outreach center at 507-752-7372.

Family farm succession workshop set for Morris

MORRIS — Pope and Stevens County Farm Bureau are hosting a “Family Farm Succession” workshop featuring Dr. Ron Hanson on Feb. 16 in Morris. This seminar will identify and emphasize the “human” elements often overlooked in a family farming operation.

Hanson will share “real-life” farm-ranch family experiences that can help others resolve or avoid these situations. The goal is to help family members stay on good terms and avoid “people” problems while farming together. Topics covered will include: family communication and decision making, family financial planning and family estate planning.

Registration deadline is Sunday. For more information contact Deb Koehntop at 320-795-2416, 320-287-0888 or dkoehnto@runestone.com or Greg Vold at 320-424-0343 or grvold@yahoo.com. For the workshop brochure, go to http://bit.ly/7FpDa9.

Three corn council seats to be filled

SHAKOPEE — The Minnesota Corn Research & Promotion Council has three seats open for election this year. The council includes 11 corn producers elected from the various state crop reporting districts. Farmer-leaders who are elected are charged with directing the investment of the state’s corn check-off. They serve a three-year term. Districts voting this year include:

DISTRICT III, V and VI: Aitkin, Anoka, Benton, Carlton, Carver, Chisago, Crow Wing, Hennepin, Isanti, Kanabec, Kandiyohi, Lake, McLeod, Meeker, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, Ramsey, Renville, Scott, Sherburne, Sibley, St. Louis, Stearns, Todd, Wadena, Washington and Wright counties.

DISTRICT VII: Cottonwood, Jackson, Lincoln, Lyon, Murray, Nobles, Pipestone, Redwood and Rock counties.

DISTRICT VIII: Blue Earth, Brown, Faribault, Freeborn, Le Sueur, Martin, Nicollet, Rice, Steele, Waseca and Watonwan counties.

Producers will automatically be mailed a ballot if they voted in last year’s election. Those who have not voted in the past can request a ballot from the Minnesota Department of Agriculture at http://www.mda.state.mn.us/forms/electionballots.aspx.

Producers can also contact the Minnesota Corn Growers Association office at 952-233-0333.

Ballot request forms need to be returned to the Minnesota Department of Agriculture or Minnesota Corn Growers Association offices by Feb. 8.

Those producers who are interested in running for the council must request an application from the Corn Growers and return it to the association by Feb. 8. Applications may be requested via email at gilbertson@mncorn.org.

Ballots will be mailed to producers March 19 and must be returned and postmarked by April 3. Results should be available April 21.

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