Plan to attend a Small Grain Winter Workshop

University of Minnesota Extension
Farm Forum

University of Minnesota Extension is offering six Small Grain Winter Workshops across central and southern Minnesota in February to address small grain production.

Adding a small grain to your crop rotation can help manage some of the challenges of farming row crops. Row crop farming brings busy spring and fall workloads. There are also pests common to row crops, including herbicide resistant weeds, soybean cyst nematodes, soybean aphid, and other insect and disease pests becoming more problematic across Minnesota. Including a small grain offers the opportunity to diversify your cropping system and help address these challenges.

This program is designed to help you determine if small grains can work on your farm and in your rotation. It will provide the tools needed to make small grains a successful crop in the operation with cutting-edge research on:

  • Production agronomics.
  • Variety selection.
  • Disease identification.
  • Fungicide use.
  • Fertility.
  • Quality.
  • Equipment and economics.

Time will be set aside for open forum to discuss related topics and on-farm experiences.

Visit the Small grain update website at for details and registration information or select one of the locations below:

  • Feb. 18 — New Prague (, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m., Community Room, First Bank and Trust, Shane Bugeja, Extension educator, or 507-304-4325.
  • Feb. 18 — Rochester (, noon — 4 p.m., RCTC Heintz Center, Ryan Miller, Extension educator, or 507-529-2759.
  • Feb. 20 — Cold Spring (, 9 a.m. — 1 p.m., Great Blue Heron, Jared Goplen, Extension educator, or 320-589-1711.
  • Feb. 20 — Mora (, 1 — 4 p.m., Kanabec County Courthouse, Jared Goplen, Extension educator, or 320-589-1711.
  • Feb. 21 — Slayton ( offered with Strategic Farming workshop, 9 a.m. — 12:30 p.m., at 4-H Building (Exhibit Hall), Murray County Fairgrounds, Liz Stahl, Extension educator, or 507-372-3900.
  • Feb. 22 — Benson (, 10 a.m. — 2:30 p.m., McKinney’s on Southside, Jared Goplen, Extension educator, or 320-589-1711.

There is no cost to attend this program. Please register ( at least 5 days prior to the event to help with program planning. Lunch is included at all sites except Mora.