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2011 Research results available


Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The results from a number of University of Minnesota 2011 research trials are becoming available. I have received individual results on MN Corn Hybrid Performance Trials, Corn Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Soybean Response to Micronutrients across Minnesota, Corn Silage Hybrid Trials, MicroEssential-SZ as a Fertilizer Source for Soybean, Liberty Link Soybean Variety Trials, and the Corn Silage Foliar Fungicide Trial. If things go according to plan, all these plus many others will be combined in the 2011 Southern Minnesota Regional Research & Demonstration Summary that will be made available at the Winter Crops Day scheduled for Wednesday, January 11, 2012 at the Good Times Restaurant in Caledonia.

Today, I would like to highlight the 2011 Corn Silage Foliar Fungicide Research Trial, because there has been a significant increase in questions regarding the economical use of foliar fungicide in Midwest corn silage production. Little university research has been conducted to verify its effect on yield, quality, and ultimately economics. As a result, the Universities of Wisconsin and Minnesota implemented a cooperative research trial starting in 2009 near La Crescent, MN using three commonly used fungicides on two high yielding corn silage hybrids.

The trial included two corn silage hybrids; NK N53W-3000GT and De Kalb DKC 57-50, which were selected based on their performance in the 2010 Minnesota and Wisconsin corn silage hybrid trials. In 2011 V5 and R1 treatment timings were evaluated. Foliar fungicides were applied at the following timings; V5 applications were Headline (6.0 fl. oz/a), Quadris (6.0 fl. oz/a), and Stratego YLD (2.5 fl. oz/a), R1 applications were Headline AMP (10.0 fl. oz/a), Quilt Xcel (10.5 fl. oz/a) and Stratego YLD (5.0 fl. oz/a). The trial was set up in a randomized complete block design, with four replications. Each plot was four 30-inch rows, twenty feet long.Fungicides were applied with a back-pack sprayer using a high-clearance, telescoping boom (R&D Sprayers, Opelousas, LA) equipped with 11003XR flat fan nozzles at 40 psi delivering a total volume of 18.3 gallons per acre at V5 and 20.6 gallons per acre at R1. Volume differences are due to sprayer configuration differences between the application timings.

The plot was rated for foliar disease intensity based on percentage of leaf area infected at the time of fungicide applications and at harvest (i.e., severity). Fungicide treatments were appl .....
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Farm service agency news

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Foreign persons must report U.S. agricultural land holdings

Preston, MN - Nov 25, 2011 - Fillmore County USDA Farm Service Agency (FSA) Executive Director, Tammy Martin, reminds foreign persons with an interest in agricultural lands in the U ..... 
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Fillmore County farmer tells his story

Fri, Dec 9th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Chatfield, MN-December 5, 2011-Fillmore County farmer Eric Thorn can't imagine working any career other than farming, and he wants to share his passion for the farming lifestyle with others. That is why he has joined a group of Minnesota farmers in ..... 
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Ag statistics has many stories to tell

Fri, Nov 25th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Russ Krech was right! Years ago, I would often bring up the fact that Fillmore County was Number One in beef cows. Russ Krech, retired Houston County Ag Agent, would always come back with the statement that on a tillable acre basis Houston County ha ..... 
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Cattle Feeder Day

Fri, Nov 18th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

The University of Minnesota Beef Team will present the 2011 Minnesota Cattle Feeder Days at four locations this December. The Southeast Minnesota location will be Thursday, December 8 at American's Best Value Inn (formerly La Quinta Inn), Rochester. ..... 
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AgStar Home Mortgage Services launches the "You Make the Difference" campaign

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

AgStar Home Mortgage Services, a division of AgStar Financial Services, ACA is excited to announce its "You Make the Difference" campaign. Volunteers from any of the 69 counties in AgStar's local service area can submit an entry on AgStar Home's Fac ..... 
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Grazing research for Minnesota's future- 2011 video conference

Fri, Nov 11th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Join us on Thursday, December 8 for the first-ever Grazing Video Conference - an opportunity for graziers and researchers to network and communicate about current and future grazing research needs. This innovative, interactive event will be held at ..... 
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Additional State Fair Winners

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

In the October 3, 2011, issue of the Fillmore County Journal, there were three people in 4-H that were accidentally left out of the State Fair results. Ben Gruszynski won a blue ribbon with his Mini Lop Junior Doe, Michala Morrow won a blue ribbon i ..... 
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Corn stalks - fertilizer bill?

Fri, Nov 4th, 2011
Posted in Agriculture

Jerrold Tesmer, Extension Educator for Fillmore/Houston Counties

This past week, I have had considerable conversations about how much fertilizer is going off the field when corn stalk bales are removed. The farms I'm talking about are those w ..... 
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