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August 2012 Archives

Late summer is a good time to assess soybean cyst nematode (SCN) in your fields. Investigating areas with poor soybean growth can help detect new infestations and evaluate performance problems with SCN resistant varieties early, before they become expensive. Scouting and soil sampling for SCN allows profitable soybean variety and rotation decisions.

The drought and heat stress have taken their toll on kernel numbers in this year's corn crop in many Minnesota counties through unsuccessful fertilization, aborted kernels, and decreased kernel size and weight.

On July 24, the National Drought Mitigation Center announced that 53 percent of the United States was experiencing a moderate to exceptional drought. Drought conditions have severely reduced the supply of hay and other feedstuffs, escalating the demand and driving up prices.

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