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Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Minnesota Soybean Variety Trials Available

by Seth Naeve, Extension Soybean Agronomist

The 2015 Minnesota Soybean Variety Trials are now available at z.umn.edu/2015mnsoybeantrials.

Each year Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists conduct performance tests of public and private soybean entries at several locations throughout the state. Yield, quality characteristics, and chlorosis score evaluations of the entries are included by region. The summary also includes special use variety trials and variety performance in SCN-infested fields.

For more information on soybean production, visit www.soybeans.umn.edu.

Monday, November 23, 2015

Trial results and criteria for corn hybrid selection

by Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist

corn hybrid trial
Few agronomic decisions for corn are as important as hybrid selection. Results from the 2015 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are available at: https://www.maes.umn.edu/sites/maes.umn.edu/files/2015_corn_grain_final.pdf.

When selecting hybrids, it is best to choose those that perform well over multiple locations in a region. Consistent performance over multiple locations with different soil and weather conditions is critical because next year’s growing conditions are uncertain.

Friday, November 13, 2015

REMINDER: "What’s Working and What’s not in Corn and Soybean Insect Management" Update Session

by Fritz Breitenbach and Lisa Behnken

Questions continue to be asked about how the current corn rootworm and soybean aphid situation in southern Minnesota and how best to manage these pests.

Please join University of Minnesota Extension IPM Specialist, Fritz Breitenbach, and Regional Educator, Lisa Behnken, on Nov 23, 2015 for presentations and discussion on the evolving management of corn rootworm and soybean aphids. Guest speakers will be Dr. Kenneth Ostlie and Dr. Robert Koch, University of Minnesota Extension Entomologists.

When: Monday, November 23rd, 2015
 9:30 am to 12:30 pm

Where: Heinz Center, RM HB117
RCTC Campus, Rochester, MN

Meeting location map: http://z.umn.edu/118f

This update session does not have a fee as it is held in conjunction with the MN Extension IPM Program.

Monday, November 9, 2015

Minnesota’s help sought in herbicide resistance survey

Allison Sandve, U of M Extension


Herbicide-resistant waterhemp in a Minnesota field.
Photo: Liz Stahl, U of M Extension

A multi-state team of university researchers needs help from Minnesota farmers to better understand the spread of herbicide-resistant weeds.

Surveys will be sent by email Nov. 20 to recipients selected for diversity of farm size, crops grown and geographic location. About 10,000 surveys will be distributed nationwide. Researchers aim to gain deeper insights into herbicidal resistance in corn, soybean, sugarbeets and cotton—its causes, consequences and strategies used to cope with it.

Thursday, November 5, 2015

NDSU stresses grain management is vital now

Source: Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University

After enjoying a generally nice harvest season this year, now is the time for upper Midwestern producers to focus on managing the grain in storage, North Dakota State University's grain handling and storage expert says.

NDSU Extension Service agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang recommends producers check the moisture content of the grain at a few locations in the bin because this will determine the management steps they need to take to preserve the stored grain.

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