September 2010 Archives
I am attaching my summary of the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on September 16, 2010.
Click on the link SC Hay Auction 09 16 10.pdf for a document that include all tested lots and bedding materials. The lots are grouped by kind of hay, type of bale, in groups by 25 RFV points. The third page is a history of selected lots. I encourage people to consider the usefulness of averages carefully with small numbers of loads and some significant differences in physical condition.
Heavy rain fell across much southern Minnesota on September 22nd
and 23rd and left large areas of Minnesota corn and soybean fields
submerged. Flood waters covered, perhaps
100,000 acres for several hours as rain water moved from fields into creeks and
rivers. Longer term flooding of fields
affected tens of thousands of acres of cropland. In most instances, drainage tile, where
present, were unable to prevent ponded waters.
In other cases, streams swollen by
4 -12 inches of rain falling on fields, roads and cities came out of
their banks and flooded fields.
This information is from the Sauk Centre Hay Auction held on September 2, 2010.
Click on the link SC Hay Auction 09 02 10.pdf for a list of all tested lots sold and bedding materials sold. The lots are grouped by kind of hay, type of bale, in groups by 25 RFV points. The last page of the report is a history of selected groups with averages and ranges from previous years along with corresponding September 2, 2010 information.
Extension Plant Pathologist
Not only have the hot and dry conditions and hail affected corn yields in Minnesota this year, these conditions have also favored development of ear rots. Reports of ear rots have been coming in from several different areas, and the quality of grain that comes off these affected fields may be reduced. Several different types of ear rots occur in Minnesota, and all are not equally important. Aspergillus ear rot and Fusarium ear rot may be of particular importance this year due to the hot and dry conditions in much of Minnesota.