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Summer Center Day is July 12 at West Central Research and Outreach Center near Morris, Minn.

MORRIS — Summer Center Day will be July 12 at the University of Minnesota West Central Research and Outreach Center near Morris.

According to a news release from the center, registration begins at 7:30 a.m. with four crop production tours running approximately 90 minutes in length. Tours will run twice, once at 8 a.m. and a second time at 10 a.m. All tours will leave from the farm shop. Everyone is invited to attend. West Central Research and Outreach Center is located 1 mile east of Morris on state Highway 329.

Included on the day’s agenda will be a tour about current and potential crop pest issues by Bruce Potter, integrated pest management specialist. Potter will also discuss potential crop disease and insect problems that could arise as the crop year progresses. The tour will also include a discussion by George Rehm, Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center, Discovery Farms Coordinator, about potassium and sulfur and the addition of those nutrients to fertilizer programs.

The second tour will examine the benefits of using and operating of variable rate technology application equipment and will be led by Darrel Bliss and Darrick Henrich, Morris Co-op Association. The tour will also include a presentation by John Mahoney, CENTROL Inc. crop consultant, on gridding and zoning tools for variable rate applications.

The third tour will include a discussion on pre-emergence weed management by Jeff Gunsolus, Extension weed scientist. George Nelson, West Central Research and Outreach Center, will also present information on various methods of mechanical weed management.

The fourth tour will include a presentation by Jim Anderson, University of Minnesota wheat breeding and genetics, on the characteristics of wheat varieties adapted to Minnesota with emphasis on those released in the past three years, including the University of Minnesota varieties Rollag, Norden and Linkert.

Jochum Wiersma, Extension educator in small grains, will provide insight into the value of wheat straw, and the decision process involved in whether to sell straw or to return it to the field.