UMN Extension Strategic Farming Series

The weekly Strategic Farming Series webinar hosted by University of Minnesota Extension engages farmers and agriculture professionals in an interactive discussion. This Wednesday program features a live webinar with interactive discussion with attendees, addressing in-season cropping issues as they arise. Weekly sessions may include topics related to soil fertility, agronomics, pest management, equipment, and more.
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Give Digital Crop Doc a Try

While the viral pathogen that causes COVID-19 has changed many of the ways that those in agriculture interacted during the past year, the threat from plant pathogens remains real and unchanged.
In 2020, members of the University of Minnesota Extension crops team launched a new online program called MN Digital Crop Doc to assist you in diagnosing diseases, while minimizing face-to-face contacts during the pandemic.
If you have disease symptoms developing in your fields this summer and are wondering what might be causing them or you are simply looking for a confirmation of your own diagnosis, the UMN Extension crops team would like to help.
Jon Ihry

MN Farms See Higher Income in 2020

Despite the challenges of COVID-19, Minnesota farms saw improved profitability in 2020, primarily due to higher commodity prices in the third and fourth quarters of 2020. 
Median net farm income for Minnesota farms reached $106,969 in 2020, a welcome increase after seven years of low profitability. When adjusted for inflation, 2020 farm profits were above average compared to the historical records tracked by University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota State Agricultural Centers of Excellence. Overall, the average Minnesota farm saw improved working capital, positive earned net worth change and improved debt coverage. 
Improved commodity prices are expected to continue in 2021. But operating expenses will likely trend up, related to higher energy and increased input prices. As spring nears, many farmers are optimistic for a more “normal” year after the uncertainty and challenges of 2020. But many unknowns remain related to the pandemic and our nation’s economic recovery.

Extension Services Cancel Face-to-Face Meetings

University of Minnesota Extension has canceled all face-to-face events, meetings and courses through May 15. The decision was made to safeguard public health during the coronavirus outbreak. All state and regional Extension offices are closed to the public, with faculty and staff working remotely. Those workers can be reached via e-mail and phone.
NDSU Extension has postponed, canceled or offered alternative means of delivery of all face-to-face meetings, trainings, etc. in light of the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation. This directive includes 4-H activities, programs taught by volunteers and all events sponsored by NDSU Extension. Following NDSU’s lead, this postponement of activities will be through Sunday, April 5.