The annual Rice and Steele County Crops Day program Tuesday on the Rice County Fairgrounds was a big success! The morning program focused on controlling weeds in soybeans. With the Round-Up Ready technology released in 1996 controlling weeds in soybeans was easy. Now some weeds have developed resistance to Round-Up or glyphosate. It is not easy any longer. This likely would explain why so many farmers were there. We all are struggling to control tough weeds like giant ragweed and waterhemp.

The Minnesota Soybean Research and Promotion Council used check-off funds to help sponsor the program. University of Minnesota Extension specialists were the presenters along with UMN Plant Pathologist Dean Malvick. Gordon Kralovetz from Chiodo Commodities wrapped up the day talking about the markets. Brian and the rest of the crew at Cash Wise Foods in Owatonna provided a great lunch, chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy! Other sponsors included Rice County Mutual Insurance in Faribault, Genesis Coop Morrostown location, Syngenta Research Center Stanton and the Nerstrand Agri-Center and Syngenta.