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With a wet spring and delayed planting, many farmers are thinking of switching from corn to soybean due to potential yield losses in corn as planting is delayed. Farmers should consider potential net revenue along with potential yield loss before making this decision.

Waterhemp is an annual weed species in the pigweed family that is capable of producing more than 1 million seeds per plant. Due to a limited number of effective herbicides, especially in sugarbeet and soybean, waterhemp is difficult to control compared to most weed species.

In 2007, glyphosate-resistant waterhemp was confirmed in southern Minnesota and is now present in southern and west-central Minnesota. It continues to increase in frequency due to the continued planting of Monsanto's Roundup Ready® crops and the exclusive use of glyphosate. University of Minnesota Extension and North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension have been working together to develop research-based management recommendations for growers.

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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This is Bev Durgan 'On the Farm.' It is graduation time. A common question at graduation parties is: "So, what are you going to do next?" Some young people have solid career plans. Others are still deciding.

I have some advice for young people planning their careers: Think agriculture. Agriculture is a bright spot in our troubled economy. Agricultural companies are doing well and they are hiring.

Radio Transcript from Minnesota Farm Network, On the Farm radio show with Tom Rothman

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I hope farmers listening to this broadcast are in a tractor cab and the conditions are perfect for field work. This cool, wet spring has put a lot of pressure on farmers. Today I am going to remind everybody about the importance of farm safety during this busy time.

cover-crop.jpgThe term "cover crops" has been getting a lot of interest lately due to concerns over soil erosion, fertilizer prices, pest pressures and water quality.

University of Minnesota Extension researchers and educators are working with a committee of farmers, agencies, and organizations to help growers make the best decisions about cover crops.

With only 28 percent of corn acres planted prior to May 9 in Minnesota, growers face the difficult decision of when to begin planting soybeans in order to maintain adequate yields.

Soil conditions are of primary importance when considering delayed planting.

martens.jpgForage growers and advisors can use several strategies for gauging alfalfa growth and maturity for harvest decisions to meet feed needs. These include PEAQ sticks, scissors-cut sampling, monitoring height and maturity, calendar dates and watching the weather.

PEAQ represents "predictive equation for alfalfa quality" based on the height and maturity of the alfalfa.

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