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Monday, March 20, 2017

Should I reduce the Bt trait acreage in the 2017 corn crop to cut production costs?

Bruce Potter, Extension IPM and Ken Ostlie, Extension entomologist

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Figure 1. European corn borer larva and damage. Photo: Bruce Potter
The economics of 2017 corn production have challenged many farmers with minimizing losses per acre. One area that some farmers have targeted for reducing costs is hybrid selection. Planting corn hybrids without Bt protection for European corn borer (ECB), corn rootworm or both will greatly reduce seed costs. However, if not careful, farmers could inadvertently reduce crop revenues if they select hybrids without considering yield potential or insect populations in their fields.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Herbicide resistance ready workshops rescheduled due to weather

Lizabeth Stahl, Extension educator

Due to the weather, the "Strategic Farming – Are You Resistance Ready" workshops scheduled for Hutchinson and St. James on Friday, February 24, have been postponed.

They have been rescheduled for:
  • March 1 at the American Legion (620, 1st Ave. S.) in St. James, from 9:00 – 12:00 a.m.
    (On-site registration starts at 8:30 a.m.)
  • March 7 at the Event Center (1005 Highway 15 S.) in Hutchinson, from 1:30 – 4:30 p.m.
    (On-site registration starts at 1:00 p.m.)

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

2017 Extension Drainage Design Workshop

The annual Extension Drainage Design Workshop will be held at the Grand Forks County Office Building in Grand Forks, ND March 2 – 3. The workshop is a collaborative effort between the University of Minnesota, and North Dakota State University Extension.

The 2-day workshop starts at 8:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. on day two. The workshop will focus on planning and design of agricultural tile drainage systems to meet both profitability and environmental objectives. The course content is taught in a hands-on manner with lots of discussion time.

Monday, February 13, 2017

Jan. 5/19 & Feb. 2 Sauk Centre Hay Auction

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

See links to my summaries from Jan. 5 & 19 and Feb. 2, 2017 Sauk Centre Hay Auction
1. Jan. 5, 2017 Summary- All tested loads sold, groups based on hay and bale type and quality
2. Jan. 19, 2017 Summary
3. Feb. 2, 2017 Summary
4. History of Selected Lots
5 Graph of Selected Alfalfa hay groups.
              The 2016-17 season is the RED line now.

Continue reading for other sources of hay market information, related notes, and calendar reminders...

Workshop offers insect management advice under low crop prices, Bt and insecticide resistance

Bruce Potter, IPM specialist

Corn and soybean growers, and those who advise them, often have insect management questions for which the correct answer is, "It depends."

Insecticide resistant populations increase the difficulty of soybean aphid management decisions. Which insecticide group should be used? What about a pre or tank mix? Will seed treatments or earlier applications help?

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Reminder: Are you resistance ready? workshops offered Feb 22, 23, and 24

by Lizabeth Stahl, Extension educator - crops

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Weed management has changed dramatically in recent years. Herbicide-resistant weeds are a significant management challenge, and resistance issues are expanding in scope and geography. Once herbicide-resistance is discovered in a weed population, it doesn’t just go away, and an increasing number of weed populations in MN are resistant to multiple herbicide chemistries or site of action (SOA) groups.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Invitation to Complete (Another) Survey

Oats have been a component of horse diets for centuries.  The University of Minnesota Extension Horse and Crop Teams are interested to learn how oats are currently used in the horse diet.  Please help us by completing this 13 question survey by Monday, March 20, 2017:  https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/PXBTSWL.  
Your responses are anonymous and the survey should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  All horse owners (includes pony, miniature horse, draft horse, mule and donkey) throughout the world are encouraged to complete the survey, but please only complete the survey once.  Thank you for your assistance.    
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