AnSci Connection - January 2019

Notes from the Department Head

Teaching, Research, and Extension Highlights

Back by popular demand, the UMN Extension Horse Team recently updated the "Plants Poisonous or Harmful to Horses".  The poster provides horse owners and professionals a fast and easy way to identify toxic plants sorted by the symptoms they cause. The 24 x 36-inch poster features clear photos of 24 plants commonly found in the Midwest. It is ideal for displaying in barns, offices, tack rooms, rider lounges or trailers. The poster is sold through the UMN Bookstore and costs $15 (plus shipping) and can be ordered here

WASECA, Minn. – The Southern Research & Outreach Center (SROC) is hosting an ROC Research Update on Thursday, February 14 in Waseca. The ROC Research Update will highlight current University of Minnesota agricultural research that is conducted at the Southern, Southwest and West Central Research & Outreach Centers (ROCs). The ROCs are collaborating to share regionally focused research results and recommendations with area crop and livestock producers. Similar programs will be held at the WCROC in Morris on February 12 and the SWROC in Lamberton on February 13. 

Presentations and speakers include:

  • Farm Income Trends: The Good, The Bad, and The Reality – Nathan Hulinsky, Extension Educator, Applied Economics
  • Corn and Soybean Yields as Affected by Soil Test P and Fertilization Philosophy – Jeff Vetsch, Researcher, SROC
  • Corn and Soybean Weed Management – Thomas Hoverstad, Researcher, SROC
  • Expecting the unexpected in insect and disease management. How to hedge your bets. – Bruce Potter, Integrated Pest Management Specialist, SWROC
  • A watershed approach to treating agricultural drainage and surface runoff – Jeff Strock, Professor, SWROC
  • Phosphorus Application to MN Soils – Paulo Pagliari, Assistant Professor, SWROC
  • Benefits and Limitations of Cover Crops Use in Minnesota – Axel Garcia y Garcia, Assistant Professor, SWROC
  •  “Kernza” Intermediate wheatgrass for grazing and as a dual purpose cover crop – Bradley Heins, Associate Professor, WCROC


The ROC Research Update is open to the public. The program begins at 9:30 a.m. and concludes at 3:15 p.m. Registration begins at 9:00 a.m. and costs $40 (includes lunch). Walk-ins are welcome but pre-registration is encouraged.  Continuing education units for certified crop advisers have been applied for.  For more information or to register, visit or call 507-752-7372.

The University of Minnesota Southwest, Southern and West Central Research & Outreach Centers, College of Food, Agricultural & Natural Resource Sciences, and Extension sponsor ROC Research Updates.  The research update on Tuesday, February 12 is at the West Central Research and Outreach Center in Morris; Wednesday, February 13 is at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center near Lamberton; and Thursday, February 14 is at the Southern Research & Outreach Center in Waseca.

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