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Bean seminar slated Wednesday in Willmar, Minn.

WILLMAR — The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association will host a series of free seminars around Minnesota to help farmers learn more about weed resistance issues and to help them create a plan for their farm. Called Profitability Optimization Dialog seminars, or POD, these events bring university researchers and industry experts together with farmers for awareness and education.

The seminars will feature University of Minnesota weed researcher Jeffrey Gunsolus as well as University of Tennessee weed scientist Larry Steckel. Steckel will discuss the significant challenges farmers from Tennessee and other states are facing when it comes to herbicide-resistant weeds.

“We know there are issues emerging in Minnesota and the Dakotas, and farmers in other parts of the country are dealing with pretty substantial problems,” says Kurt Krueger, a farmer from Rothsay and Minnesota Soybean Growers Association director. “We want to get on top of this issue here so that it doesn’t become a bigger issue.”

The POD seminars include an event March 27 at the Holiday Inn and Willmar Conference Center. The event is from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with registration beginning at 7:30 a.m. The afternoon will focus on grain handling and technology. The seminars are free and lunch is provided. Please RSVP to the Minnesota Soybean office at 888-896-9678 or register online at