Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Crop Production Field Day September 15th

Kuiters' Farm near Clarks Grove, MN (map)

The 44th Annual Crop Production Field Day will be held on the Kuiters' farm, 1/4 mile south of Clarks Grove on County Road 45. Registration starts at 9:30 a.m. with the program following at 10:00 a.m. Topics will address current crop and economic concerns:

  • Fertility considerations for the current economic climate - Dr. Dan Kaiser, University of Minnesota
  • Recent developments with soybean aphid - Dr. Bob Koch, University of Minnesota
  • Buffer strips: What do we know? - Brad Carlson, University of Minnesota
  • Theories for variable rating nitrogen - Ryan Miller, University of Minnesota
  • Strategies for controlling resistant giant ragweed and waterhemp - Lisa Behnken, University of Minnesota
  • Economic considerations for 2015/2016 - Joel Larson, AgStar Financial Services
 More info: click here

Friday, June 5, 2015

Thats not a weed we usually see...

It is not foxtail, quackgrass, woolly cup, crabgrass, or barnyard grass.

I found it littering the better part of a half section.  That said, the population of weeds wasn't very large but the weeds were distributed in a somewhat uniform pattern.  Upon closer inspection the weed is easily identified as rye.

So where did it come from?  This particular farm has never planted rye, and has never utilize a cover crop.  A farm to the south had seeded down rye in fall 2014.  They used an airplane for seeding and given the pattern and distribution of rye plants it is safe to assume this is our source of rye.

Given the stage of the rye and the fact this is conventional corn, there are not any good options for control.  Hand roguing is an option.  As cover crops gain greater popularity this may or may not become more of an issue.

Something to watch.