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Oct 25

Oak and Fire in Minnesota forests

1:00 pm EDT

Oak forests and savannas provide valuable ecosystem services including timber production and wildlife habitat. Historically, fire has played an important role in the development, maintenance, and distribution of oak forests across Minnesota and the Upper Midwest. This webinar will focus on the advantages and limitations of using fire in oak-dominated forests, drawing on results from long-term experiments and evidence of fire over the past centuries.

 Lee Frelich, UMN Department of Forest Resources

Register to watch online or attend one of the broadcast site locations for free.
Oct 25

Cooperative Extension Time to Adoption Horizon: Four to Five Years

2:00 pm EDT

In this meeting, panelists will share their extension programming in this area and begin a discussion around how Cooperative Extension can embrace the innovations. Come with your questions and ideas for the conversation.

Topics in the report expected with adoption horizon of Four to Five Years include Internet of Things (IoT, in the report as Networked Objects) and Wearables as well as others. These two topics will be featured in this web meeting. Jeff Hino, Oregon State, has taken the lead in the Internet of Things community. Aaron Yoder, University of Nebraska -Lincoln Medical Center, has take the lead in the Wearable Technology community.

eXtension has been working with the New Media Consortium and the ECOP Innovation Task Force to create a Horizon Report for Cooperative Extension System to Prepare for the Future.

To Join this meeting about the Horizon Report: Cooperative Extension Edition --
Join from PC, Mac, Linux, iOS or Android: https://extension.zoom.us/j/512771814

Or iPhone one-tap (US Toll):  +14086380968,512771814# or +16465588656,512771814#

Or Telephone:
   Dial: +1 408 638 0968 (US Toll) or +1 646 558 8656 (US Toll)
   Meeting ID: 512 771 814


Jeff Hino, Aaron Yoder

Oct 25

Optimize nitrogen fertilizer placement with FertiSaver-N

2:00 pm EDT

John Mann will host the webinar sponsored by The North Central Regional Center For Rural Development.

Kaustubh Bhalerao, associate professor in the Department of Agricultural and Biological Engineering at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign, will discuss a new innovation he developed. Soil Diagnostics, Inc’s FertiSaver-N is a high throughput laboratory-based soil test that estimates the nitrogen supplying power of soil. Fertile soils are rich in nitrogen-containing organic matter and require less additional fertilizer. In the Midwest, corn farmers can apply as much as 50% less nitrogen without losing yields. The few agronomists who currently base their nitrogen recommendations on soil-N assessments can save their farmer clients as much as $35 per acre. The FertiSaver-N system, comprised of test hardware and web-based recommendation software, scales the lab test and provides the agronomist with a machine-learning based algorithm to increase their productivity and reach more customers in their service area. The US Corn market alone for this test is $140MM and the process can be adapted globally to other crops such as rice, sugarcane and wheat.


John Mann


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