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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Dec. 17 2015 SC Hay Auction Summary

By Dan Martens, U of M Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, marte011@umn.edu

I am listing links to view my summary of the Dec 17 Sauk Centre Hay auction and other hay markets and crop news.

1. Dec 17, 2015 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, and each sale so far this year, Alfalfa, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein, Straw

3. Graph - Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct Through Dec 17.

NOTE: Some of the bouncing might be because of some variation in physical condition of some the hay in these groups at some sales, especially where small numbers of loads are sold. There can be other factors.

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Monday, December 28, 2015

Registration Continues for the 2016 Ag Professional Research Updates

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

The 2016 Ag Professional Research Update Sessions are scheduled for these locations: Waseca  (Jan 5), Kasson (Jan 6), Lamberton (Jan 7), Morris (Jan 12), Willmar (Jan 13) and Crookston (Jan 14 ). On-line registration by site is listed below. The registration fee is $45 through Dec 31st and $50 after Jan 1st. Registration will be available at Noon; start time is 12:30 pm. The program continues until 4:40 pm. Please refer to the Institute for Ag Professionals Research Update web page for additional information and registration as well. At the 2016 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, and nutrient and environmental recommendations. Presentations and discussions at the update will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region.

Monday, December 14, 2015

Dec 3 2015 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

By Extension Educator Dan Martens, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
marte011@umn.edu

I am listing links to view my summary information from the Dec 3 2015 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and other hay markets and crop news.

1. Dec 3, 2015 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

NOTE: I wonder if the prices for the three 176-200 loads ($130-$150-$180) reflects some problems putting up hay in good physical condition with some of the rainy weather through part of the summer. I’d wonder the same about some of the straw prices.

2. History of Selected Lots - averages for recent years, and each sale so far this year, Grass Hay 5-9% Protein, Straw

NOTE: The Red Line October to Dec represents the new market year now. Again I think some of these lines are bouncing a bit, maybe because some variation in physical condition of some the hay in these groups at some sales.

3. Graph - of Medium Square Groups from RFV 101-200. The Red Line is for the 2015-16 market Oct Through Dec 3 so far.

Saturday, December 12, 2015

2016 January Research Updates for Ag Professionals

By Dave Nicolai, Coordinator for the Institute for Ag Professionals

Each year brings new crop production challenges. Keeping up with these new issues is a top priority for agricultural professionals. At the 2016 University of Minnesota Research Update for Ag Professionals, you will find research-based strategies to deal with today's changing pests, diseases, varieties, and nutrient and environmental recommendations. Presentations and discussions at the update will allow you to visit with experienced university researchers and offer you the opportunity to visit with colleagues to discuss topics of interest to you in your region. The 2016 Research Update Sessions are scheduled for these locations: Waseca, Kasson and Lamberton (Jan 5, 6 and 7 respectively) and Morris, Willmar and Crookston (Jan 12, 13 and 14 respectively). Registration by site is listed below.

Tuesday, December 8, 2015

Corn silage trial results and criteria for hybrid selection

by Jeff Coulter, Extension Corn Agronomist

Few agronomic decisions for corn silage production are as important as hybrid selection. Results from the 2015 University of Minnesota corn silage performance trials are available at: http://www.maes.umn.edu/sites/maes.umn.edu/files/2015_corn_silage_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.

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. 

Nov 5 & 19 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summaries

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties - marte011@umn.edu

I am listing links to view my summary information from the Nov 5 and 19 Sauk Centre Hay auctions and other hay market and crop news notes.

1. Nov 5, 2015 Summary - All loads sold, grouped and averaged based on bale and hay or bedding type.

2. Nov 19, 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 November, the black vertical line represents range in prices.
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