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									2009 Alfalfa Harvest Alert Project - Central MN Central MN Forage Council - U of M Extension Service - Cooperating Farmers and Agribusinesses Hgt = Ave Height of Tallest Stem in inches Mat = Maturity Stage where 1=Vegetative, 2=Bud, 3=Flower PEAQ is the RFV based on height of tallest stem and maturity stage (Predictive Equation Alfalfa Quality) LAB is RFV based on NIRS analysis at the Dairyland Lab in Sauk Rapids and Stearn DHIA Lab in Sauk Centre ADF is Acid Detergent Fiber, NDF is Neutral Detergent Fiber based on Forage Lab test The crop in the feedbunk is can be 15 to 25 RFV points lower than the Scissors Cut Sample or PEAQ estimate. Date: Site County May 11, 2009 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF 234 20 1 15 1 15 1 17.5 1 212 249 245 237 245 240 224 245 May 14, 2009 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF 22 1 21 1 18.5 1 18 1 21 1 16.2 1 18 1 200 203 210 197 220 213 223 250 210 227 237 224 May 18, 2009 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF 24 2 23 1 21 1 22 2 23.5 1 18 1
18.4

May 21, 2009 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF

1 Stocker Scott Near Jordan 2 Lambrecht Belle Plain 3 Dreier Norwood 4 Hoen Bongards 5 Wandersee Watertown Scott Carver Carver Carver

180 201 195 206 205 209 190 199 197 204 223 236 222 187

6 Mohr McLeod NW of Glencoe 7 Fitterer Meeker SW of Litchfield 8 Poppler Poppler Waverly Wright Wright 13.3 1 257 263 21.2 25.6

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9 Krause Wright West of Buffalo 10 Gathje Stearns NE of Eden Valley 11 Maus Stearns South of Freeport 12 Frericks Stearns North of Melrose 13 Winkelman Benton East of Duelm 14 Ackerman Benton West of Foley 15 O & S Dairy Benton SE of Rice 16 Roerick Morrison Near Upsala 17 18

17 1 16.5 1 15.5 1

232 248 230 267 245 299

22.8 26.7 21.5 25.2 19.7 22.9

19 1 18 1 17.8 1 19 1

219 237 220 235 230 272 224 262 233 229 231 203 220 231 224 267

22.9 27.9 23.9 27.8 21.1 24.8 21.4 25.7 22.7 28.9 23.8 32.2 22.3 28.7 20.9 25.3

13 1 12 1 15 1

250+ 275 250+ 296 250+ 284

18.7 25.1 16.7 23.9 18.3 24.5

15 1 15 1 17.6 1

245 225 245 250 228 209

22.7 29.5 20.1 27.2 23.2 31.6

16.6 1 16.9 1 18.8 1 18 1

Comments: Please make SAFETY a priority along with aiming to put up palatable hay or haylage feed. 5/11/09 There is some variation around the area. Consider what your own fields are like. Many people are making good progress with planting and may find some time to get haying equipment and plans ready. We can probably count on the weather to be a factor. With Memorial Day observed on May 25, the Memorial Day/Last Week of May might be a harvest target for some of the crop. IN 2007 on May 22 Hay measured as follows Stocker 16, Lambrecht 17, Dreier 18, Hoen 21, Krause 16, Winkelman 12.5, Ackerman 13.5, O&S 13.5. That puts this year's crop growth ahead of last year at this point. Last year was probably a week or so behind what we might think about as normal. 5/18/09 Nathan Winter shared that tallest stems in McLeod County ranged from 16 to 21 inches and in Meeker County 11 to 21 inches. He noted some side hills that were short and dry conditions might be a limiting factor. He though Meeker got a little more rain last Friday than McLeod. The Center Pivot was running on the sandy soil at the Winkelman farm this moring. Cold weather may also be a limiting factor in the limited growth we have seen since last Thursday. We got about 0.6 inches of rain in Foley on Friday. As usual, there are variations among fields and people need to consider how fields are developing related to their feed needs. Weather forecasts generally are not very accurate 10-14 days out, particularly related to precipitation. Some years we get some good hay making weather around the last week of May, followed by some rainy weather. "Normal" seems tougher to find with a lot of things. We'll have more numbers from May 18 samples sometime on Tuesday afternoon.

2009 Alfalfa Harvest Alert Project - Central MN Central MN Forage Council - U of M Extension Service - Cooperating Farmers and Agribusinesses Hgt = Ave Height of Tallest Stem in inches Mat = Maturity Stage where 1=Vegetative, 2=Bud, 3=Flower PEAQ is the RFV based on height of tallest stem and maturity stage (Predictive Equation Alfalfa Quality) LAB is RFV based on NIRS analysis at the Dairyland Lab in Sauk Rapids and Stearn DHIA Lab in Sauk Centre ADF is Acid Detergent Fiber, NDF is Neutral Detergent Fiber based on Forage Lab test The crop in the feedbunk is can be 15 to 25 RFV points lower than the Scissors Cut Sample or PEAQ estimate. Date: Site 1 Stockin Near Jordan 2 Lambrecht Belle Plain 3 Dreier Norwood 4 Hoen Bongards 5 Wandersee Watertown 6 7 8 Poppler Poppler Waverly County Scott Scott Carver Carver Carver McLeod Meeker Wright Wright May 26, 2009 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF May 28, 2009 June 1, 2009 June 4, 209 Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Hgt/ PEAQ ADF/ Mat LAB NDF Mat LAB NDF Mat LAB NDF

9 Krause Wright West of Buffalo 10 Gathje Stearns NE of Eden Valley 11 Maus Stearns South of Freeport 12 Frericks Stearns North of Melrose 13 Winkelman Benton East of Duelm 14 Ackerman Benton West of Foley 15 O & S Dairy SE of Rice 16 Roerick Near Upsala 17 18 Benton Morrison

For information on using and interpreting Scissors-Cut and PEAQ data go to http://www1.umn.edu/mfgc/scissors.htm For more information related to the Central MN project call Dan Martens at 1-800-964-4929 - Stearns, Benton and Morrison County Extension Nathan Winter - McLeod-Meeker Extension Office 320-587-0770; Laura Kieser - Scott-Carver Extension, 952-5410 A Recorded report can be heard by calling Info U at 1-800-964-4929. When the systems answers enter 5081. Laura Kieser also posts a Carver/Scott message at 952-466-5300. A live report is a made on KASM 1150 AM about 6:40 a.m. on Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday Mornings. Efforts are made to share Information with KLTF 960 AM Little Falls and other local stations, KDUZ 1260 AM Hutchinson, KLFD 1410 AM Litchfield, KRWC 1360 AM Buffalo A spreadsheet summary that includes ADF/NDF should be posted at www.extension.umn.edu/cropenews This is updated if the webmaster gets to it. Cooperating Sponsors: Central Minnesota Forage Council Stearns DHIA Lab Barry Visser, Vita Plus Dairyland Labs Dan Kohls, Form A Feed Ag Service U of M Extension Service Greg Lefebvre, Nelson Dairy Consulting Franck Gaudin-ADM Bob Nelson, Rich Shug - Waconia Farm Supply Others will be listed as we get information


								
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