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Nov 17 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, UM Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Ph 320-968-5077 or marte011@umn.edu

I am listing links to my summaries from Nov 17 Sauk Centre Hay Auction, and other information, event and date reminders.

1. Nov 17, 2016 Summary - All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots - Shows Oct to May averages for each of last 6 years, including the 2015/2016 season, along with select groups for this years auctions.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.

The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.
I’d guess for the 176-200 RFV average for Nov. 17, with 2 loads selling at $70 and $115, at least the $70 load is skewed by some physical quality issues. Above 200 RFV, a load at 201 RFV sold for $150 and a load at 221 RFV sold for $125.

Farmers - Get Nitrogen Smart!

by Brad Carlson, Extension educator
Farmers have been exploring new and creative ways to manage nitrogen fertilizer in recent years.  Remote sensing, crop growth models, in-season soil testing and variable rate application technology have all drawn significant interest for the potential to add profit, while reducing environmental impact.  Farmers have had to work diligently to determine the value of these technologies, all while keeping water quality issues in mind.

Review of Soybean and Corn Disease Problems in Minnesota in 2016

Dean Malvick, University of Minnesota     November 15, 2016
Two common themes across much of Minnesota’s croplands in 2016 were rain and high yields.  Conditions were also favorable for diseases in a number of areas. Sometimes there was obvious damage and yield loss, and in other cases the role that disease played in holding back yields from even higher levels was unclear. Disease was again highly variable across the state, even more inconsistent than the weather that favors disease development. Some diseases were common over wide areas, but others were much more scattered.  With harvest nearly complete it is once again a good time to review some of the diseases issues that occurred across Minnesota in 2016.

Nov 3 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Crop Production Emphasis, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
marte011@umn.edu, 320-968-5077, 1-800-964-4929

Here are links to my summaries following the Nov. 3, 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction and other market and event information.

1. Nov 3 2016 Summary by groups based on hay and bale type and quality

2. History of Selected Lots
Shows Averages for each of last 6 years, including the 2015/2016 season.

3. Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
The 2016-17 season is the RED line now. 
Read more for other market information, events, other items.

Warm fall soil temperatures and nitrogen application

by Anne Struffert and Greg Klinger, Extension Educators
Despite delays due to wet weather, harvest is in progress or already finished up for most Minnesota row crop acres. Now, an important decision for many farmers is whether or not, and when, to apply a fall nitrogen fertilizer application.