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Forum staff reports, Published January 15 2010

NDSU sets three meetings for soybean producers

Soybean producers interested in intensive soybean management should plan to attend one of three Getting it Right meetings scheduled for Forman, Park River and Jamestown.

At the meetings, North Dakota State University Extension Service faculty and staff will discuss soybean research and 2010 production.

The meeting dates are:

- From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 27 at the Forman City Hall meeting room.

- From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 28 at the City Auditorium in Park River.

- From 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at the James River Senior Citizens Center in Jamestown.

Sam Markell, NDSU Extension pathologist, will provide an update on the disease outlook for 2010 and results from field research conducted in 2009. Hans Kandel , NDSU Extension agronomist, will address variety selection, the latest information about iron chlorosis prevention, importance of good nodulation, fertility issues and water management. Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will provide information about pest management strategies for the control of soybean aphids and spider mites.

Greg Endres or Lionel Olson, NDSU area Extension specialists/cropping systems, will discuss intensive soybean management, no-till and strip-till versus conventional-till planting rates, planting dates, plant populations, seed sizes, different soybean production products on the market and weed management issues.

NDSU Extension county agents Julie Hassebroek (Forman), Brad Brummond (Park River) and Randy Grueneich (Jamestown) will be the hosts and provide local crop updates.

The programs and lunches are sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council, which oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean check-off dollars.

The programs are free and open to the public. Preregistration is not necessary.