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Showing posts from October, 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.

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.

Recap of corn and soybean disease problems in Minnesota in 2015

Dean Malvick, Extension Plant Pathologist
Now that soybean and corn harvest is nearing completion in Minnesota, it is a good time to review some of the diseases issues in these crops across the state in 2015. As is usual, the pattern of diseases across the state is as inconsistent as the weather that drives disease development. Some diseases were common in many fields and areas, but many were much more scattered. This is a summary of some of the most problematic or talked-about corn and soybean diseases in Minnesota.

Fall Nitrogen Applications

Fabián Fernandez, Nutrient Management Specialist
Although we are not quite done with the growing season, it is not too early to start making plans for the next growing season.

For some farmers, nitrogen (N) application in the fall is one of the many important decisions to make. Nitrogen is not only a large input in most corn farming operations, but it also represents an important input in terms of the environment. The soil is not a very good place to store N as this nutrient can easily end up in air or water where it can cause environmental degradation. For these reasons, I would like to review important guidelines developed through years of unbiased research in hopes that this will help you make the best decisions for N management.