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Lamberton winter crop day is Feb. 2

LAMBERTON -- The Southwest Research and Outreach Center in Lamberton will host the annual Winter Crops and Soils Day from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Feb. 2.

The day is a public event highlighting current University of Minnesota research that is specific to southwestern Minnesota.

The program will address agricultural production challenges facing producers. Registration begins at 8:45 a.m. Speakers from the U of M's St. Paul campus and research and outreach centers will cover topics including projections of 2010 net farm incomes and the 2011 economic outlook; micronutrient management in a high-yield environment; tillage, residue and nitrogen management in corn following corn; and soybean production in a high-yield environment. Other topics include drainage water management for agronomic and environmental benefits and climate and river channel process effects on sediment loss.

Jeff Coulter and Seth Naeve will present the latest research on management strategies for maximizing yield and profitability in corn following corn and corn following soybean in high-yield environments. Some of the essential management needs that will be discussed include nutrient management, residue management, tillage and seeding rate.

Dan Kaiser will present the latest research on the use of micronutrients in high yielding environments.

Jeff Strock and Satish Gupta will present current water-related research on controlled drainage and stream bank stability and sediment loss. Design considerations and site criteria, along with local yield and nutrient loss data, will be presented. Precipitation trends and channel modifications will be used to describe sediment transport.

The event is open to the public and the $15 registration fee covers handouts and lunch. Registration is not required. Coffee and doughnuts will be available from 8:30 to 9 a.m. Continuing education units for certified crop advisers will be provided.

For more information, visit http://swroc.cfans. or call 507-752-7372.