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Dimethoate Use Survey

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EPA is seeking feedback on the national usage and needs patterns for the insecticide Dimethoate. If this product is of use in your cropping systems, you may want to respond to this request for information. Below is the original request I received....


Dear Colleagues,

The registrant has requested our assistance in providing feedback on the use and needs for dimethoate. The information will be used for its ongoing Registration Review (see the following link).
http://www.epa.gov/oppsrrd1/registration_review/dimethoate/index.htm.

The survey is available at:
https://vce.az1.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_cUapAjAWYbbMCYR

Survey responders can be: Grower; Independent Crop Advisor; Extension Agent; Extension Specialist; Research Scientist - University; Pesticide Regulator - State; Pesticide Regulator - Federal; Pesticide Retailer; R&D/Sales Specialist - Company; Research Scientist - Company; and Research Scientist - Federal.

The survey will close on December 31 and the results will be provided to the registrant, EPA and the four regional IPM Centers and will be useful for the Focus Meeting planned for after December. An evaluation of the effectiveness of this online tool will be assessed afterwards. No additional surveys are being planned at this time.

Many thanks to the Southern Region IPM Center and Virginia Tech for developing this online tool!

If you have any questions or comments, please contact:

Teung F. Chin, Ph.D.
USDA ARS Office of Pest Management Policy
1400 Indpendence Ave., S.W.
Room 3871 (Mail Stop 0314)
Washington DC, 20250
(202) 222-8619 cell
teung.chin@ars.usda.gov


Sauk Centre Hay Auction Summary Oct 3, 2013

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties
I am posting the results of auction held October 3, 2013.

Oct 3 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

Lots sold are grouped here by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range of price. I will update a line graph of auction results over the years when we get results from the October 17 auction sometime next week.

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf  Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV.

The Sauk Centre Hay Auction will be held on the first and third Thursday of each month through May. The Steffes Hay Auction is held in Litchfield with fall dates so far on October 22 and November 12 & 26, December 11.

Read more for information about

-Prussic acid from Frost Damaged Sorghum and Sudangrass Crops

-Cover Crop Field Event in Stearns County October 30

-Other sources of Hay Market Information

By Daniel Kaiser
Extension Nutrient Management Specialist


The increased number of corn acres managed with prevented planting in 2013 has resulted in numerous questions about management in 2014.  One major question that arises is the effect of fallow syndrome.  Fallow syndrome is a result of reduced colonization of plant roots by vesicular arbuscular mycorrhizae (abbreviated VAM).  Since VAM are important in the uptake of elements such as phosphorus and zinc, questions arise as to proper management for the following years crops.  However, fallow syndrome does not affect all crops nor will it likely be an issue for all prevented planting acres

Sauk Centre Hay Auction Sept 5 and 19

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By Dan Martens, Extension Educator, Stearns-Benton-Morrison Counties.
      This the first posting of my summaries of the Hay Auction at Sauk Centre for the 2013-2014 market year. I am posting the results of auctions held July 11, August 1 Sept 6 and 20, 2013.

     It's probably too early to draw firm conclusions about market trends. Drought was generally not as intense across the Midwest this year. Pastures and hay fields did dry up after mid-summer in some areas of Minnesota and other parts of the country. Alfalfa winter-kill was severe in southern Minnesota and Wisconsin. Many people I talk expect better quality alfalfa and grass hay at least to stay on the higher side of the market.

     See links below for these auction reports; followed by some suggestions about other sources of hay market information. Lots sold are grouped by bale type, kind of hay, alfalfa sorted in 25 RFV point groups, grass sorted based on protein. Straw and bedding materials are also listed.

     Averages are calculated where it seems appropriated. Look at averages carefully where there are a few loads in a group; and where there is a wide range of price. Wide price ranges usually mean some hay might have been in poor physical condition and did not sell well. Hay in better condition in the group brought a higher price. If you're looking for hay with better physical condition, you're probably going to pay a higher price.

July 11 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf 

Aug 1 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

Sept 5 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

Sept 19 2013 SC Hay Auction.pdf

History of Selected Lots 2013-2014.pdf  Average and range of RFV values and prices for Medium Square Alfalfa in 25 RFV groups from 101 to 200 RFV. Includes averages through the last 4 sale seasons and for individual auctions held in July, August, and September 2013.

Read further for more Hay Market Information

 

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