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Scouting fields for soybean aphids


Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

While many of us were enjoying the Fillmore County Fair, the summer crew from the Extension Regional Office, working with regional crop Extension Educator Lisa Behnken, Ryan Miller, and IPM Specialist Fritz Breitenbach, were out scouting for soybean aphids. Listed below are some of their thoughts and observations:

Soybean aphids (SBA) continue to be present at very low densities in the fields we are monitoring. We are finding very few winged adults at this time. At this juncture in time it is a very real possibility that SBA may be a non issue in SE Minnesota. No, that doesn't mean you can stop scouting, however, you may wish to refocus your efforts.

Fields to watch: Late-planted fields (especially beans after peas), no-till fields, low fertility fields, soybean fields which received an insecticide application earlier in the summer and last, but not least, drought stressed fields. By the first week in August we should have a better handle on what is going on and what we can expect for the rest of August.

The Economic Threshold Number = 250 aphids/plant on 80 percent of soybean plants and the population is increasing. Remember-The economic threshold number of 250/plant is well below the number/plant that results in economic injury.

We are closely monitoring three fields in SE Minnesota as of July 19, 2010; our Houston county field had an average aphid count of 0.95 SBA per plant with 45 percent of the plants infested. Our Goodhue County field had an average of 9 SBA per plant with 90 percent of the plants infested. Our Olmsted county field had an average of 13 SBA per plant with 90 percent of the plants infested. The Olmsted county field typically runs high and has been a good indicator field in the past.

Okay, it is time for the disclaimer: There is no way that three fields can accurately mirror what is going on in your field! You still have to scout your fields to know what is happening.

We still have roughly 33 days where the 250 aphids per plant threshold works. Yield loss from SBA during the R6 stage is still a possibility; however, SBA populations would need to be at a very high level. Unfortunately, there is not a large enough research base to determine what that number is. We have the prospect for an above average soybean crop in SE MN. Let's do everything we can to keep it that way.

Markegard is new member of American Angus Association

Fri, Aug 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Benjamin Markegard of Peterson, Minnesota, is a new junior member of the American Angus Association®, reports Bryce Schumann, CEO of the national organization with headquarters in Saint Joseph, Missouri.

Junior members of the Associatio ..... 
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SWCD offers financial assistance for planting cover crops

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

The Fillmore Soil and Water Conservation District (SWCD) is offering assistance to farmers interested in seeding cover crops on soybean and corn silage acres. Anyone who is interested should contact the SWCD office at (507)765-3878, ext. 3 as soon a ..... 
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Aug 6th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

USDA Announces

Conservation Reserve Program General Sign-up

General sign-up for the Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) will began on August 2, 2010 and continues through August 27, 2010. During the sign-up period, farmers and ranchers ..... 
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Join Farm Bureau Members at AFBF YF&R Leadership Conference in Florida

Tue, Aug 3rd, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Join Farm Bureau Young Farmers and Ranchers (YF&R) from Minnesota at the American Farm Bureau Federation (AFBF) YF&R Leadership Conference, February 4-8, 2011 in Orlando, Florida.



This interactive conference brings together 800 young ..... 
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Come visit with Minnesota Farmers Union at Farmfest

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL (July 29, 2010) - It is that time of the year again when farmers, ranchers and over 40,000 attendees converge at the Gilfillan Estate near Redwood Falls for Farmfest. This year Farmfest will be held August 3-5, and over 500 organizations and ..... 
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Red, White and You conference

Fri, Jul 30th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

Three young people from Fillmore County recently attended the 2010 Red, White and You Conference sponsored by the Minnesota Farm Bureau Federation with support from the CHS Foundation. The conference was held at Gustavus Adolphus College, St. Peter, ..... 
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Blueberries are busting out all over

Tue, Jul 13th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Minnesota's blueberry picking season is ramping up as farms in the Twin Cities metro area and in central Minnesota are ready for customers.



If you live in the northeast Twin Cities Metro area, you're especially luck ..... 
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Dairy SCC Field Day-July 28 in Houston County

Fri, Jul 9th, 2010
Posted in Agriculture

A U of M Dairy SCC Field Day will be held on Wednesday, July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at Udder Valley Dairy (Peter & Teri Rosendahl), Spring Grove. Directions: From west end of Spring Grove at the intersection of MN Hwy 44 and Co. Rd 4, drive south ..... 
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