Soybean producers interested in intensive soybean management should plan to attend one of four Getting it Right in Soybean Production meetings scheduled for Streeter, Underwood, Minot and Newburg in North Dakota.

At the meetings, North Dakota State University Extension Service faculty and staff will discuss past soybean research conducted in North Dakota and the outlook and production issues for 2015.

"Farming is very complex, and with tight budgets, it is important for producers to gain as much knowledge as possible," says Hans Kandel, NDSU Extension Service agronomist. "These soybean educational meetings featuring research-based information can help producers with soybean production decisions for the 2015 growing season."

The meeting dates are:

  • Tuesday, Jan. 13, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Central Grasslands Research Extension Center near Streeter. The address is 4824 48th Ave. S.E.
  • Wednesday, Jan. 14, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Underwood City Hall meeting room
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the North Central Research Extension Center in Minot
  • Thursday, Jan. 15, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Newburg Community Center

Sam Markell, NDSU Extension pathologist, will provide an update on the disease outlook for 2015 and field research results conducted in 2014. Two important topics covered will be an update on soybean cyst nematodes and how to manage soybean diseases. Kandel will provide information on variety selection, and the latest information on various production issues such as the importance of good root nodulation, fertility issues and water management.

Greg Endres, NDSU area Extension specialist/cropping systems, will discuss intensive soybean management, no till and strip till versus conventional till, planting dates, plant populations and row spacing, different soybean special inputs on the market and weed management issues.

Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist, will discuss how to manage various insect pests, including spider mites and soybean aphids.

In Minot and Newburg, the program will include a crop improvement update, as well as a short business meeting. Programs in Minot and Newburg also may have some different topics and speakers.

NDSU Extension agents Penny Nester, Sheldon Gerhardt and area Extension specialist Fara Brummer (Streeter); agents Irene Graves, Craig Askim and Rick Schmidt (Underwood); agent Paige Brummund (Minot); and agent Jared Nelson (Bottineau) will be the hosts and provide local production and crop updates.

The meeting in Minot is co-sponsored by the Ward County Ag Improvement Association, while the Newburg meeting is co-sponsored by the Bottineau County Crop Improvement Association.

The Getting it Right in Soybean Production programs and lunches are sponsored by the North Dakota Soybean Council, which oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

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