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Wednesday, November 30, 2016

2016 University of Minnesota's field crop trial results available now

Jochum Wiersma and Phyllis Bongard

The Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) and the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences (CFANS) have just published the 2016 Field Crop Trials Bulletin. Simply follow the link above to find the results for your crop of interest or follow these links to find spring wheat, winter wheat, barley, oats, soybeans, silage corn or grain corn directly.

Nov 17 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, UM Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, Ph 320-968-5077 or

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.

Monday, November 28, 2016

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.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Corn grain trial results and criteria to advance hybrid selection

by Jeff Coulter, Extension corn agronomist

Hybrid selection is one of the most important agronomic decisions for corn production. Results from the 2016 University of Minnesota corn grain performance trials are available at:

Hybrids that consistently perform well over multiple locations or years in a region are desirable because next year’s growing conditions are uncertain.

Wednesday, November 16, 2016

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.

NDSU and U of M Extension to hold Conservation Tillage Conference in December

by Jodi DeJong-Hughes, Extension Educator

University of Minnesota along with North Dakota State University Extension Service, is hosting the 2016 Conservation Tillage Conference on Dec. 13-14 in Fargo, ND.

Family members from the Jorgensen Land & Cattle will be the keynote speakers. This fourth generation, 20,000 acre farm includes a diverse cattle, crop and hunting operation in south central South Dakota. They will discuss how and why soil health, livestock integration and sustainability are the driving forces in their operation.

NDSU offers grain drying and storage tips

by Dr. Kenneth Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension Service

Farmers are finishing harvest as we transition from a nice warm fall to cooler temperatures and precipitation coming as snow. Following is some guidance on drying and storage during this transition.

Monday, November 14, 2016

Nov 3 2016 Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary

by Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Crop Production Emphasis, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties, 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.

Friday, November 4, 2016

2017 University of Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course and Minnesota Crop Production Retailers Trade Show: December 6th to 8th

By Dave Nicolai, Institute for Ag Professionals Program Coordinator

The three-day Minnesota Crop Pest Management Short Course program and MCPR Trade Show starts Tuesday, December 12th with an update for Technical Service Providers program 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM, Minnesota Crop Protection Retailers " Earning Customer Trust and What is Society Demanding from Crop Production Retailers?" 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM, Pesticide Applicator Recertification: Category H -- Seed Treatment Session 2:00 PM - 3:30 PM. Category A + C + H Pesticide Applicator Recertification occurs on Wednesday, December 7th starting at 8:00 AM. Register online or by completing and mailing the registration form which is available on the Minnesota Crop Production Retailers website.

The Crop Pest Management Short Course educational sessions will begin on Wednesday, December 7th from 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM and continue on Thursday, December 8th from 8:00 AM to 2:20 PM. The University of Minnesota educational session agendas and session descriptions may be accessed at the Institute for Ag Professionals website

Thursday, November 3, 2016

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.
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