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Saturday, January 30, 2016

Jan. 21 SC Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Crop Systems Focus
marte011@umn.edu; ph 320-968-5077

I am listing links to view my summary information from the Jan 21 2016 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and other hay markets and crop news.

1. Jan 21 2016 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

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

3. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct Through January 17.

4. Ending Hay Stocks Report Dec 1 2015 See notes below for links to related information. 

Read further for information about other market news, forage workshops.

Thursday, January 28, 2016

Women in Agriculture Conference

University of Minnesota Extension is hosting a Women in Agriculture Conference on February 18, 2016 at the Kelly Inn, St. Cloud from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. This inaugural event will be a day of learning and networking for women involved in agriculture in the region.

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Barriers to Bushels Program to Address Current Crop Production, Management, and Resistance Issues at Three Central Minnesota Locations.

by Dave Nicolai

The University of Minnesota Extension proudly presents Barriers to Bushels! Three locations will be offered across Central Minnesota: February 16th at Little Falls, February 24th at Appleton and February 25th at Willmar. Current, research-based information will be presented to control corn and soybean costs. University Extension Educators and specialists will discuss topics with proven fertilizer, pest, soil and weed management with the intent to ultimately increase a producer’s margins and to Take Control over resistant pests, weeds and diseases.

Monday, January 18, 2016

Jan. 7, 2016 Sauk Centre HayAuction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator - Crop Systems, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counites, marte011@unn,edu, 320-968-5077

I am listing links to view my summary information from the Jan 7, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay auction and other hay markets and crop news.

1. Jan 7 2016 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, AND each sale so far this year .

3. Graph of Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV Groups from RFV 101-200.

4. Feb. 3 Central MN Forage Workshop at Albany (noted below)

Thursday, January 14, 2016

Grain storage reminders

by Stephen Kells, Extension Entomologist

With excess grain stored, low prices, and a so-far relatively short winter, we are setting up for bigger potential storage losses while the grain waits to be marketed. This is a good time to review steps for protecting both your safety and your grain stores.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Two conferences dedicated to soil fertility for crop production and environmental stewardship

by Fabián Fernández

Registration is open for two important conferences dedicated to soil fertility for crop production and environmental stewardship. These events were co-organized by the University of Minnesota Extension and the Minnesota Agricultural Water Resource Center (MAWRC) with a common planning committee to bring the latest advancements in nutrient management presented by University of Minnesota and other university researchers, fertilizer industry experts, and state agency officials.

Thursday, January 7, 2016

2016 Extension Drainage Design Workshops



The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshops will be held in Wahpeton, ND January 26 – 27, and Marshall, MN, February 17 - 18 . The workshops are a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University Extension. The 2-day workshops start at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m. on day two. 

The workshops will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

The workshops are intended for those interested in a more complete understanding of the planning and design principles and practices for drainage and water table management systems, including:  farmers, landowners, consultants, drainage contractors, government agency staff and water resource managers. Planning topics include: legal aspects, basics of drainable soils, agronomic perspectives, doing your own tiling, land evaluation tools, wetlands, and conservation drainage concepts and techniques. The design topics begin with basic design considerations and progress through individual small team projects, with several hands-on problem-solving examples covering basic design and layout principles, water flow calculations, drain spacing, sizing, and grades. Participants are encouraged to bring information for their own fields, and any computers they are using for design, so they can work on their own projects during exercises.

Registration for the workshops is now available at: z.umn.edu/2016wkshops. The registration price is $250, and each workshop is limited to about 55 participants. These workshops have typically filled, so register early to guarantee a spot. Due to seating limitations, on-site registration will not be available on the day of the event. Location and other details are available on the web site.  

For more information you can contact:  

Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota Extension, bcarlson@umn.edu, 507-389-6745  or

Hans Kandel, North Dakota State University Extension, hans.kandel@ndsu.edu, 701-231-8135
 
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