Ag Events

On this page you will find ag-related events that are open to the public (unless otherwise specified). Know of any area events that aren't listed? Send the details to Sonja at



July 1 - "What Impact is My Tillage System Having on Soil Health" Field Day
The "What Impact is My Tillage System Having on Soil Health” field day, July 1st, at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center (SWROC) in Lamberton is designed for farmers and anyone who works with farmers. The field day will begin with registration at 8:00 am, and the program will run from 8:30 to 2:30. The field day will be a combination of hands-on activities and presentations highlighting research-based information. Results of tests for soil quality indicators in three long-term tillage systems will be presented. Participants will also have the opportunity to measure differences in soil health indicators across the tillage systems in the field (weather permitting). A registration fee will be collected at the door to help cover program expenses and lunch will be provided. The program will be held rain or shine! Continuing Education Credits for Certified Crop Advisors have been applied for (4.0 SW and 0.5 CM). Find the brochure here.

July 7 - U of M Crop  Management Tour
Crop producers, agribusiness personnel and others interested in crop production in southern Minnesota are invited to the annual University of Minnesota “Crop Management Tour” being held in Rochester on Tuesday, July 7. The tour will take place at the field site located east of University Center on Co. Rd. 22 (East Circle Drive) at the intersection of Highway 14 east. Registration is free and begins at 8:30; as one group, the tour will begin at 9 a.m. discussing and viewing new technologies in weed management. Topics discussed include: waterhemp weed management – impacts of multiple resistance on current and future weed management strategies, keeping up with sprayer technology, see what’s new in weed management, and learn the new corn and soybean herbicide names. Tour hours are 9 am to 12:30 pm., and admission is free. Incase of inclement weather, the program will be moved indoors to the Heintz Center, room HB117. For more information, contact Fritz Breitenbach at 507-280-2870 or Mary Jane Stearns at 507-536-6310.

July 9 - Minnesota Pork Chop Open
The Annual Pork Chop Open will be held Thursday, July 9th from 7 to 5:30 p.m. at the Emerald Valley Golf Club in Lakefield. The entry fee for the PCO includes green fees, cart rental, refreshments, goodie bag, noon lunch and a pork chop meal at 5 p.m. Additional pork chop meals can be purchased for $10 in advance or at the door. The noon meal — which is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — features pork burThe entry fee for the PCO includes green fees, cart rental, refreshments, goodie bag, noon lunch and a pork chop meal at 5 p.m. Additional pork chop meals can be purchased for $10 in advance or at the door. The noon meal — which is served from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. — features pork burgers. For more information, contact Dorothy Ulbricht at 662-6224 or Jim Nesseth at 662-5005.gers. For more information, contact Dorothy Ulbricht at 662-6224 or Jim Nesseth at 662-5005.

July 11 - Tasseldega Nights
The Minnesota Corn Growers is bringing their ethanol-themed "Tasseldega Nights" back to the Deer Creek Speedway on July 11th featuring free admission as part of the promotion! Grandstands open at 2 p.m. for free kids activities, live music and other attractions. Racing starts at 6 p.m. Deer Creek Speedway is located about 15 minutes south of Rochester on Highway 63 in Spring Valley. If you’re planning on attending “Tasseldega Nights” on July 11, the only thing you have to do is show up to the track, come inside, and have a good time. There is no need to sign up or get any sort of pass before the event. For more information on “Tasseldega Nights” and Deer Creek Speedway, visit 

July 12-16 - 100th Annual NACA Meeting
The National Association of County Agricultural Agents (NACAA) will host its Annual Meeting and Professional Improvement Conference (AM-PIC) at the Sioux Falls Convention Center July 12-16. The AM-PIC will offer workshops, seminars and tours to provide agriculture and natural resource extension staff and employees from across the U.S. opportunities to network and develop professional skills. NACAA has professional improvement tours lined up July 16 throughout the states of South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa and Nebraska. With over 28 tours to choose from, visitors have the opportunity to gain technical and cultural insight into the Midwest. Tours will emphasize a wide variety of interests, ranging from bio-energy production in Minnesota to the Mitchell Corn Palace to conservation practices in the Iowa Loess Hills. Find more at their official website.

July 15 - Tri-State Open Youth Beef Show
The Tri-State Open Youth Beef Show will be held Saturday August 15 at the Nobles County Fairgrounds in Worthington. Here's another opportunity to show your animal with classes for prospect, breeding, market, dairy market and showmanship. The detailed information can be found at "Like" the show on Facebook for more updates and registration information at or call Jan at 507-360-2981 or Kim at 507-329-1910.

July 16 - Jackson County Farm Bureau Family Picnic
The Jackson County Farm Bureau invites you to its free family picnic night on Thursday, July 16th from 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Heron Lake BioEnergy Ethanol plant. Enjoy a free meal prepared by Jean's Catering, free tours, plus a bouncy house and ice cream for the kids!

July 16-22 - Answer Plot Grower Events SELLERS ONLY (Monsanto Sessions)
A number of Southwest Minnesota Answer Plot events will be held in July. These events offer Answer Plot purpose and insights, proper nitrogen management, examining nutritional needs of our crops, new innovations in ag technologies and more. For more details, visit or contract your local Winfield Retail Development Manager.

  • July 16 - Worthington - Registration at 9 a.m., training 9:30 a.m. to noon with lunch to follow
  • July 17 - Truman - Registration at 9 a.m., training 9:30 a.m. to noon with lunch to follow
  • July 21 - Minneota - Registration at 9 a.m., training 9:30 a.m. to noon with lunch to follow
  • July 22 - Sanborn - Registration at 9 a.m., training 9:30 a.m. to noon with lunch to follow (NOTE: No Monsanto at Sanborn)

July 20-21 - 2015 MSCA Summer Tour Trade Show
Registration is open for the 2015 Minnesota State Cattlemen’s Association Summer (MSCA) Beef Tour and Trade Show! Each year, a community is chosen to showcase experienced beef farmers and ranchers with a family history of raising high quality beef, which is raised with integrity, as well as other agricultural highlights of their community. Hutchinson, MN has been chosen as the location for the 2015 MSCA Summer Beef Tour & Trade Show. The tour registration fee is $25 before June 15th and $35 after June 15th. The student price is $20. An additional lunch ticket is $10 and an additional dinner ticket is $15. Payments may be sent to Ashley Kohls, 23722 230th St., Hutchinson, MN 55350. Registration forms can be found online here. For the tour agenda or more information on sponsorship opportunities, please contact Ashley Kohls: 612-618-6619 or

July 29-30 - 2015 Field School for Ag Professionals
The 2015 Field School for Ag Professionals will be held on July 29 - 30 at the University of Minnesota Agriculture Experiment Station, St. Paul Campus, University of Minnesota. The two-day program focuses on core principles in agronomy, entomology, weed and soil sciences on the first day to build a foundation for participants and builds on this foundation with timely, cutting-edge topics on the second day. Certified Crop Advisor CEUs in the areas of Pest Management, Soil & Water Management and Crop Management will be available. Each subject is led by experienced instructors offering personalized instruction and small group activities and enrollment is, therefore, limited to 120. You may choose to attend either day or both days of the field school. Detailed session descriptions and online registration can be found on the Field School website


August 4 - Garden Educator Workshops
SDSU Extension is hosting a garden educator workshop in Sioux Falls at the Regional Extension Center on August 4th from 9:30 to 3:45 p.m. This is designed for teachers and other youth educators, designed specifically for Pre-K through middle school teachers, after-school program leaders, school admin, wellness committees, and so forth. he class will participate in a hands-on activity involving produce preparation and discuss resources available to promote children's consumption of fruits and vegetables. Participants will identify tools to use for evaluating garden programs at their school or organization. he cost of the training is $25 per person and includes lunch and handouts. Pre-registration and payment is due prior to class. Registration for Rapid City is due June 19, and registration for Sioux Falls is due July 31. A partial Continuing Education Credit (.5 CEU) is also available for $15. Registration forms are available here

August 4-6 - Minnesota Farmfest
Save the date for the Minnesota Farmfest August 4-6! Show hours are Tuesday from 8 to 5 p.m., and Wednesday and Thursday from 8 to 4 p.m. Check back to the Minnesota Farmfest website for more details and exhibitors as the show gets closer.

August 13 - 33rd Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open
The 33rd Annual Minnesota State Corn Cob Open will be held August 13th at Jackson Golf Course and Loon Lake Golf Course. Enjoy a fun-filled day of golf, networking with corn growers and agribusiness, and great prizes. You can register online as well. If you would like additional information, please visit or contact Molly Fransen at (507) 847-8011, stop in at Bank Midwest in Jackson, or e-mail to


September 15-17 - Husker Harvest Days
Husker Harvest Days return to Grand Island, Nebraska for the world's largest totally irrigated working farm show. Find more at the official Husker Harvest Days website.