ST. PAUL — University of Minnesota Extension is offering six small grain winter workshops in central and southern Minnesota.

The program is designed to help farmers determine if small grains can work on their farm and in their rotation. It will provide cutting-edge research on production agronomics, variety selection, disease identification, fungicide use, fertility, quality, equipment, and economics. Time will be set aside for open forum to discuss related topics and on-farm experiences.

The programs will be held:

• Feb. 18 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at First Bank and Trust in New Prague.

• Feb. 18 – 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Heintz Center in Rochester.

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• Feb. 20 — 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Great Blue Heron in Cold Spring.

• Feb. 20 – 1 to 4 p.m. at the Kanabec County Courthouse in Mora.

• Feb. 21 — 12:30 to 4 p.m. at the Murray County 4H-Building in Slayton.

• Feb. 22 — 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at McKinney’s on Southside, Benson.

Presenters include University of Minnesota Extension small grain specialist Jochum Wiersma and University of Minnesota Extension crops educator Jaren Goplen.

Lunch is included at all sites except Mora. Registration is free, and is strongly encouraged to assist with meal planning. Register at https://, or contact Goplen at 320-589-1711, ext. 2128.