ST. PAUL, Minn. (Dec. 2, 2013) — The Minnesota Canola Council invites farmers to Rediscover Canola: The Game Has Changed, December 17, at Gene’s in Roseau. The event is free to Minnesota and North Dakota farmers and university personnel.
According to Beth Nelson, President of the Council, the United States currently consumes five times more canola than it produces.
“There is a big demand for canola,” Nelson says. “We’ve put together an event that offers growers and producers the information they need regarding yields, new technology, and crop rotation benefits. Canola is a very profitable choice for producers in northwest Minnesota.”
The one-day conference will feature 12 speakers providing firsthand information about canola. Among them is Mike Krueger of The Money Farm. Krueger provides grain marketing advisory services out of Fargo, N.D. He also serves as a senior analyst for World Perspectives, a Washington-based international agricultural consulting company.
Other presenters include Jack Brodshaug of Monsanto, Kyle Rollness of Bayer CropScience, and Marc Cartwright of DuPont Pioneer who will discuss new innovations in canola.
Wade Barnes of Farmers Edge will cover the topic of using precision ag to maximize canola yields, while Nancy Ehlke of the University of Minnesota’s Department of Agronomy and Plant Genetics will discuss the results of the 2013 Canola Production Centre trials.
Madeleine Smith, University of Minnesota, Crookston, will tackle how to increase canola yields through disease management, and Kevin Waslaski, a Canola farmer in North Dakota, will talk about increasing profits with the potential soybean yield boost following canola. Ron Beneda, North Dakota State University Extension, Langdon, will highlight the benefits of including canola in your cropping rotation.
Registration and exhibits open at 9:30 a.m. Presentations will begin at 10:30 a.m. and wrap up at 5:00 p.m. with a panel discussion on the profitability of canola. Panelists include Josh Efta of CHS Ag Services, Randy Jenson of the Roseau County Co-op Association, and Rick Netterlund of Northern Resources Cooperative.
A social hour is planned for 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner, Casino Nite, and a funny money auction at 6:15 p.m.
As an added bonus nine lucky farmers will win one of the following prizes: Polaris Ranger 800 ($11,000+ value), Arctic Cat Sno Pro 500 ($8,000+ value), or one of seven chances to win 80 acres worth of canola seed!
Farmers must be at the conference by 1 p.m. and present for the drawing to be eligible to win.
“Our goals for this event are simple,” Nelson said. “We want more farmers to grow canola. We’re giving them great information so they can make great decisions for their farms and businesses.”
For more information, contact the Council office at 651.638.9883. To register for the event, visit www.mncanola.org/rediscover.php.