University of Minnesota Extension is offering five on-farm Small Grain Summer Plot Tours in Central and Southern MN in June to address small grain production issues, variety performance, and insect and disease pests.

These programs are designed to provide farmers and crop consultants the tools needed to make small grains a successful crop in their operation. This includes information on production agronomics, variety selection, disease identification, fungicide use, fertility, and economics. These programs are interactive and discussion based, featuring a tour of current research plots and discussion of on-farm experiences. No pre-registration needed. 

Dates, Locations, and Times are as follows:

Monday, June 24 – Rochester, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch served prior to the plot tour at noon.

Lawler Farms (GPS: 44.023382, -92.341649)

Tuesday, June 25 – Le Center, 1 – 3 p.m. Lunch served prior to the plot tour at noon.

Morning crops program begins at 11:00 AM.

Ruth Hoefs/Ron Pomije Farm (GPS: 44.457669, -93.676844)

20676 340th St., Le Center, MN

Tuesday, June 25 – New Ulm, 5 – 7 p.m. Meal served following the tour.

Gieseke Farms (GPS: 44.376409, -94.443211)

Wednesday, June 26 – Marty/Kimball, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. Lunch at Pearl Lake Lodge prior to plot tour

Dave Lochen Farm (GPS: 45.390100, -94.309243)

Wednesday, June 26 – Benson, 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. Lunch served following the tour.

Lee’s Seed Farm (GPS: 45.398088, -95.521917)

Presenters will vary by location and include Jochum Wiersma, University of Minnesota Extension Small Grain Specialist and Jared Goplen, University of Minnesota Extension Educator in Crops.

For more information or to receive a brochure contact Jared Goplen (320-589-1711 x2128 or or Jochum Wiersma (218-281-8629 or

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