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Monday, February 24, 2014

Predicting the future: Alfalfa winter injury in Minnesota

by M. Scott Wells, Extension Forage/Cropping Systems Agronomist
mswells@umn.edu

Over the past two and half months as the new U of MN Forage and Cropping System Extension Agronomist, the one question I have been asked the most is, "Are you surviving the winter?" Being from the southern US, I replied that I have now experienced real winter. Some of these experiences have been novel and interesting, such as tossing boiling water into the air and watching it become snow, and blowing bubbles in -15°F weather (if you not have tried the bubbles, I highly recommend it), whereas other experiences (truck not starting because its so cold) have been less thrilling.

This question about "surviving the winter" is an important one when considering the devastating impact of the 2012-2013 winter on alfalfa stands throughout Minnesota. If you are an Alfalfa producer, the question of alfalfa winter injury, and to a greater extent winterkill, is definitely on your mind as it is on mine.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Feb 6, 2014

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
marte011@umn.edu by phone, if a local call to Foley 968-5077 or 1-800-964-4929

This information is for the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on Feb 6, 2014. This was a huge sale with 189 "loads" sold for tested hay and "bedding" materials. Consider averages carefully... see further reading.

Information Links:


Feb 6 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf
Individual lots sold, sorted and averaged by type and quality.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf
A summary of past 4 years and individual auctions so far this year.

Graph 2001 to 2014 SC Hay Auction.pdf
A line graph of for average from each sale 2001 to 2014 for Medium Square Alfalfa groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Where sale lots are limited, averages might not mean much.

Hay Stocks Dec 1 2013.pdf
This lists May 1 and December 1 Hay Inventory for the 48 states starting May 1, 2011. The % column is the % compared to the corresponding date the previous year. I also list the combined numbers for our 5 state area.
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