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Thursday, December 3, 2015

2015 Field Crop Trial Results now Online

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have just published the 2015 Field Crop Trials Bulletin.  The spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, and oat data can be found by following the embedded links.

A common phrase you will encounter when reviewing yield trial data is that multiple locations and/or multiple year data is more reliable than single year/single location data.  Implied in this sentence is that multiple year/multiple location data is more predictive for next year.  Simulation studies conducted by Dr. Dale Hicks and Jim Orf in soybeans in Minnesota, Dr. Joe Lauer with corn hybrids in Wisconsin, and Dr. Daryl Bowman at North Carolina State University with a number of crops clearly have demonstrated this.  You can review their findings here and here.

I strongly encourage you not to give in completely to the “knee-jerk” reactions following the experiences of this past growing season.  Instead, take time to digest all of the data and select varieties for next year that meet not just one or two selection criteria. 

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