Prairie Grains Conference

Prairie Grains Conference Tackles Soybean Research

The annual Prairie Grains conference doesn’t typically have trouble drawing a large crowd to learn about research and breakthroughs in barley, wheat and soybean production, and 2015 proved to be no exception.

With 40 degree temperatures and better than normal December temperatures, farmers from across Minnesota and North Dakota joined together to learn how to strengthen agronomic practices. The Prairie Grains Conference kicked off Dec. 9 and wrapped Dec. 10 at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, N.D. Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) and Minnesota Wheat and Barley started the event with a business meeting to discuss hot topics and concerns. 

The night ended with a banquet dinner, honoring outstanding individuals in the grain industry. Jim Orf, UMN Soybean Breeder, was also honored for his dedication and work in the soybean industry.

The two-day event highlights the efforts of wheat, barley and soybean research with industry experts presenting on topics that can be applied to farms. Some of the soybean topics covered included: 2016 northern variety trail selections, soybean fertility research results, yield impacts of Iron Deficiency Chlorosis, Soybean Cyst Nematodes, seed treatments and lastly, the value of a public soybean breeding program, which was led by Dr. Orf.

Also discussed throughout the conference was on-farm research, Red River Valley water quality, Waters of the United States, weather outlook and where the next decade of crop productivity will come from.