Potential Nitrate Toxicity from Drought-stressed Forages—Take Precautions

by Margaret Smith, PhD Forage Agronomist High nitrate levels in water-deficient forages are likely this late summer and fall in the drought-stressed parts of the Upper Midwest and west. In addition to the chance of nitrate accumulation in forages and corn slated for harvest, there is concern that some growers in the most severely affected […]

August 4, 2021 | Categories: , , , , Read More >>

Oats: Managing Crown Rust and Targeting Fungicide Use

by Margaret Smith, PhD, Agronomist, Albert Lea Seed and Chaunce Stanton, Marketing and Communications, Albert Lea Seed Oats can be affected by several fungal disease, including stem rust and leaf spot, but crown rust (Puccinia coronata f. sp. Avenae) is the most detrimental disease in oats, affecting crops in some years from the Dakotas to […]

May 12, 2021 | Categories:

What Oat Variety Should I Plant?

Mac Ehrhardt, Albert Lea Seed When a farmer calls to ask us about oats, our first question is, “What’s the end use?” Variety selection is simply much easier once you define why you are growing oats. As with soybeans and corn seeds for farming, oat variety selection is critical. If you plan on selling whole […]

February 9, 2021 | Categories: ,

Virtual Conference Videos Now Available: Forage Day & Small Grains Day

Albert Lea Seed hosted two 2021 Virtual Conference Days: Forages Day and Small Grains Day. The videos of each of those sessions is now available on the Albert Lea Seed Youtube channel, or you can simply view them in this post. Happy learning! Forages Day Optimizing Animal Use of Summer Annuals Presented by Mary Drewnowski, […]

Albert Lea Seed Hosting Two February Virtual Conference Events

After our first two virtual conference sessions back in December, we’re gearing up for two new, free virtual conference sessions for farmers. Farm Forages Virtual Conference – February 3, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm (Please pre-register at: bit.ly/34BVeRg) Small Grains Virtual Conference – February 4, 2021, 10 am – 2 pm (Please pre-register at: […]