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Monday, November 23, 2015

Trial results and criteria for corn hybrid selection

by Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist

corn hybrid trial
Few agronomic decisions for corn are as important as hybrid selection. Results from the 2015 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are available at:

When selecting hybrids, it is best to choose those that perform well over multiple locations in a region. Consistent performance over multiple locations with different soil and weather conditions is critical because next year’s growing conditions are uncertain.

Friday, November 13, 2015

REMINDER: "What’s Working and What’s not in Corn and Soybean Insect Management" Update Session

by Fritz Breitenbach and Lisa Behnken

Questions continue to be asked about how the current corn rootworm and soybean aphid situation in southern Minnesota and how best to manage these pests.

Please join University of Minnesota Extension IPM Specialist, Fritz Breitenbach, and Regional Educator, Lisa Behnken, on Nov 23, 2015 for presentations and discussion on the evolving management of corn rootworm and soybean aphids. Guest speakers will be Dr. Kenneth Ostlie and Dr. Robert Koch, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologists.

When: Monday, November 23rd, 2015
 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Heinz Center, RM HB117
RCTC Campus, Rochester, MN                                                                                                           

Meeting location map:

This update session does not have a fee as it is held in conjunction with the MN Extension IPM Program.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Minnesota’s help sought in herbicide resistance survey

Allison Sandve, U of M Extension

Herbicide-resistant waterhemp in a Minnesota field.
Photo: Liz Stahl, U of M Extension

A multi-state team of university researchers needs help from Minnesota farmers to better understand the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Surveys will be sent by email Nov. 20 to recipients selected for diversity of farm size, crops grown and geographic location. About 10,000 surveys will be distributed nationwide. Researchers aim to gain deeper insights into herbicidal resistance in corn, soybean, sugarbeets and cotton—its causes, consequences and strategies used to cope with it.

2015 University of Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show: December 8th to 10th

By Dave Nicolai, IAP Program Coordinator

The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program and MCPR Trade Show starts Tuesday, December 8th with an Update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers " Fertilizer Market Fundamentals, GMO and Regulatory Update" 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Category A + C + H Pesticide Applicator Recertification occurs on Wednesday, December 9th starting at 8:00 AM. Register online or by completing and mailing the registration form which is available on the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers website.

The Crop Pest Management Short Course Educational Sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 9th from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 10th from 8:00 AM - 2:20 PM. The University of Minnesota Educational Session Agendas and Session Descriptions may be accessed at the Institute for Ag Professionals website

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NDSU stresses grain management is vital now

Source: Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University

After enjoying a generally nice harvest season this year, now is the time for upper Midwestern producers to focus on managing the grain in storage, North Dakota State University's grain handling and storage expert says.

NDSU Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang recommends producers check the moisture content of the grain at a few locations in the bin because this will determine the management steps they need to take to preserve the stored grain.

Friday, October 30, 2015

SC Hay Auction Summaries Oct 1 & 15, 2015

I am listing links to view my summary information from the October 1 and 15 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and other hay markets and crop news. Prices are lower than a year ago and perhaps there is more price difference between better quality hay and hay shows weather issues during harvest.

1. October 1, 2015 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. October 15, 2015 Summary – Same kind of Info as no.1

3. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, and each sale so far this year, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein, Straw

4. Graph - of Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the last year. For June through September, the black vertical line represents range in prices.

Sauk Centre Mid-American Hay Auctions will be held 1st and 3rd Thursdays through May.

Steffes Hay Auction in Litchfield 2nd and 4th Tuesdays.

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Yield results from early and late GT/RR soybean entries in SE MN available now

Lisa Behnken, Fritz R. Breitenbach, Ryan P. Miller, Thomas Hoverstad, and Jeffrey Vetch

Yield results from a study comparing Early (1.3 to 1.8) and Late (1.9 to 2.5) GT/RR® (glyphosate tolerant/Roundup Ready®) soybean entries in southeastern Minnesota are now available. Twenty-eight early and 30 late soybean entries were planted on May 22, 2015 at a Rochester, MN location. With harvest recently completed, performance results for 2015 can be seen below.
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