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Showing posts from October, 2013

Dimethoate Use Survey

EPA is seeking feedback on the national usage and needs patterns for the insecticide Dimethoate. If this product is of use in your cropping systems, you may want to respond to this request for information. Below is the original request I received....

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Oct 3, 2013

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
I am posting the results of auction held October 3, 2013.
Oct 3 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range of price. I will update a line graph of auction results over the years when we get results from the October 17 auction sometime next week.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.

Soil Fertility Considerations and Fallow Syndrome

By Daniel Kaiser, Extension Nutrient Management Specialist
The increased number of corn acres managed with prevented planting in 2013 has resulted in numerous questions about management in 2014. One major question that arises is the effect of fallow syndrome.  Fallow syndrome is a result of reduced colonization of plant roots by vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizae (abbreviated VAM).  Since VAM are important in the uptake of elements such as phosphorus and zinc, questions arise as to proper management for the following years crops.  However, fallow syndrome does not affect all crops nor will it likely be an issue for all prevented planting acres

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Sept 5 and 19

By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties.
This the first posting of my summaries of the Hay Auction at Sauk Centre for the 2013-2014 market year. I am posting the results of auctions held July 11, August 1 Sept 6 and 20, 2013.

It's probably too early to draw firm conclusions about market trends. Drought was generally not as intense across the Midwest this year. Pastures and hay fields did dry up after mid-summer in some areas of Minnesota and other parts of the country. Alfalfa winter-kill was severe in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Many people I talk expect better quality alfalfa and grass hay at least to stay on the higher side of the market.