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Thursday, June 7, 2018

IPM Field Days Next Week

Annie Klodd
UMN Extension Educator
Fruit and Vegetable Production 

These workshops have been postponed due to low registration.

UMN Extension’s Commercial Fruit and Vegetable Team is hosting three Vegetable IPM evening field days throughout MN in June, from 5:00-8:00 pm. 

Locations and dates include:

June 12: St. Paul @ UMN Student Organic Farm (This location has been cancelled)
June 14: Waseca @ UMN Southern Research and Outreach Center
June 19: Alexandria @ Berry Ridge Farm

Integrated Pest Management emphases combining diverse techniques for more sustainable and effective pest management. Join us for an evening of IPM strategies for vegetable crops. In Alexandria, the field day will include additional information on high tunnel pest management and fruit as well. Hone your skills, or learn new ones, to better tackle our most challenging diseases, insects, and weeds.

Activities include:
Insect and disease management strategies
Weeds: Innovative equipment and tactics for controlling weeds
Spraying more efficiently and effectively - demos by Ken Frost of Frost Inc./The Spray Barn

Who is this for? Anyone growing vegetables for market, including both organic and non-organic growers.

Cost: $15 per person, includes light supper and beverages

Annie Klodd - Extension Educator, Fruit and Vegetable Production
Natalie Hoidal - Co-coordinator, Pesticide Safety and Environmental Education
Ken Frost – Frost Inc./The Spray Barn
Jeff Haun – Extension Educator, Entomology
Michelle Grabowski – Extension Educator, Plant Pathology

To register: Follow these links to register, and to get more details on the topics covered at each location:
St. Paul, June 12
Waseca, June 14
Alexandria, June 19

Feel free to download the flyer, for more information, contact Annie Klodd at

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Organic Pig Production Workshop in Morris

by Wayne Martin
UMN Extension Educator

The University of Minnesota Extension Small Farms Program will
host a workshop on Organic Pig Production at the West Central Research and Outreach Center (WCROC), University of Minnesota in Morris, MN.

Date/Location- It will be held on Thursday, June 21, 2018, from 9:30-3:00 p.m. in the Ag
Country Auditorium of the WCROC. A map of the area can be viewed here.

David Stender, Extension Educator at Iowa State University, Lee Johnston, Professor of Swine Nutrition and Management at the University of Minnesota, Jim VanDerPol, an innovative hog farmer from Kerkhoven, MN will be the speakers.

Tentative Agenda:
9:15 – 9:30 am Coffee
9:30 – 10:30 am Feeding organic pigs – traditional (corn/SBM) vs. alternative feed – Lee Johnston
10:30 – 11:30 am Benchmark and financial management of organic pig production – David Stender
11:30 – 12:30 pm Lunch
12:30 – 1:00 pm Breeds and genotypes for organic pig production – David Stender
1:00 – 1:30 pm Designing farrowing pens – our experiences – Jim VanDerPol
1:30 – 2:00 Group discussion: Challenges faced by organic/alternative hog farmers
2:00 – 3:00 Tour alternative swine facilities of WCROC (Gestation hoop barn). The tour is optional.

The seminar is free and lunch will be provided. Please let us know if you plan to attend, so that
we can plan accordingly.

To Pre-Register: Contact Wayne Martin at, or at 612-625-6224.
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