A revised reference for controlling weeds in glyphosate tolerant corn and soybean has been posted to the publication section of the University of Minnesota Applied Weed Research website. It is the top article on the publication page.
The publication, written by Dr Jeff Gunsolus and Dr. Rich Zollinger, lists effective herbicide combinations for several species with known glyphosate resistance or are otherwise hard to control with that chemistry. The publication also references herbicide site of action in spreadsheet form so you can look for ways to diversity weed control chemistry.
It's not a substitute for the label but it might be worth your while to save and keep a copy while planning and implementing your 2014 weed control.
The SWROC has two tubes to record frost depth. One tube is located under bare ground and the other is located under sod. During the winter season, the tubes will be read weekly (usually on Mondays) and posted to the weather page.
Weed trials on both corn and beans were conducted at the SWROC during the 2013 growing season. The trials listed below were conducted by Travis Vollmer, Bruce Potter, Jeff Gunsolus, and Tom Hoverstad.
Written by Robert Holcomb and Gary Hachfeld, Extension Educators in Agricultural Business Management.
The 2013 Ag Income Tax Update for Farm Families highlights income tax topics specific to farm families. Some of the topics discussed in the 26 page document (pdf) include section 179 depreciation, residual fertilizer, charitable gifting of grain, wind generation tax issues, payroll tax/self-employment tax, and many others.
The Mid America CropLife Association (MACA) honored several industry, media and academic leaders at its recent annual meeting in Denver, Colorado.
The MACA Educator of the Year Award was presented to Bruce Potter, Extension Integrated Pest Management Specialist, at the Southwest Research and Outreach Center, Lamberton, Minnesota. He has his B.S. and M.S. in Entomology from the University of Minnesota. For nearly 16 years, Potter has worked with University of Minnesota Extension. The award is presented to an individual who has demonstrated significant contributions to American agriculture, especially in the MACA region. Also, the person has evidence of consistency in educating the public on the values of production agriculture.
Potter's current research and Extension efforts are focused on the management of insects, nematodes, and plant disease, particularly the interactions between crop production systems, crop growth and crop pest populations. Since 1999, Potter has been writing an IPM newsletter and is recognized for being on the front edge of emerging crop production challenges in SW Minnesota.
The MACA's Industry Vision Award was presented to Richard Gearheard, Chief Executive Officer and President of Retail at Crop Production Services, Inc., Fort Collins, Colorado. The Ruth White Media Award was presented to Gregg Hillyer, editor in chief for The Progressive Farmer. The CropLife Ambassador of the Year Award was presented to Roger Henderson, Oil Dri Corporation of America, who is based in Spencerville, Ohio. The Dean Roy Achievement Award was given to Kevin Greene, DuPont.
In this issue: Issue 20 (pdf). Crown, root and stalk rots in SW Minnesota corn - 2013. It it looks like a duck, walks like a duck... Yeah, like we need another disease; SWROC weed research results - late planing and tillage affect this years results; communicating - humm... not sure how this is going to work if I can't handle email; input costs; and Bt trait table updated. Please send an email to Molly Werner if you would like to be included on the newsletter email list.
The SWROC has completed the November 1 soil moisture readings. The current soil moisture level is 4.20" which is 0.72" below the historic average of 4.92". To view charts related to soil moisture, view the SWROC's weather page. Soil moisture readings are collected on the 1st and 15th of the month from April through November. For additional drought information, visit the USDA Drought Monitor website. The Drought Monitor is produced in partnership between the National Drought Mitigation Center at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, the USDA, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Another website of interest would be the Weekly Palmer Drought Indices on the NOAA website.
Written by Don Nitchie, Extension Educator, Agricultural Business Management.
Benchmarking is a process that makes it possible to research your farming business to find opportunities to improve your financial position, efficiency and profitability. Having comparable, quality data is key to making decisions and as a result, begin to take specific actions that are crucial to long-term success. Benchmarking is promoted widely as a "best management practice" by non-agricultural businesses but, is probably even more important to agricultural producers where there is significant variability in markets, productivity and weather by locations. In times of tighter profit margins, taking advantage of financial management tools and skills can make a significant difference among producers. Effective use of benchmarking is probably one of the most important tools and skills. Read the entire fact sheet "Benchmarking Your Farm." (pdf)
Are you interested in watching crop growth and development throughout the season? Bruce Potter, IPM Specialist, ReNae Clark, Potter's summer intern, and Steve Quiring, Scientist, will be monitoring the growth and development of corn and soybeans throughout the 2013 growing season. Pictures will include the date of planting, the current date, growing degree days calculated from the planting date, and crop stage. Images have been taken: