The University of Minnesota Extension Service will be hosting the annual wheat and small grain workshop on Monday, February 20, in Le Center. The program will run from 10AM to 4PM in the 4-H Family Center on the Le Sueur County Fairgrounds in Le Center. Lunch will be served at noon. The presentations will cover a variety of production topics. Contact Colleen Carlson, Extension educator in Carver and Scott counties, for more information at (507) 521-3640.

Topics and presenters from the University of Minnesota include: Jochum Wiersma, a small grains specialist discussing research to improve wheat, barley and oats productivity and profitability; Madeleine Smith, a small grains pathologist, discussing small grain diseases, fungicides vector interaction and developing intergrated management approaches; and Phillip Glogoza talking about grain and soybean insect management. My grandfather's generation grew a lot of small grains but then corn and soybeans became the big cash crops. There is more interest these days in trying to get one more crop into the corn-soybean rotation.

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