Farm Horizons, February 1997

Crop production data available on Internet

"Varietal Trials of Selected Farm Crops" from the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station (MAES) has entered the electronic world.

Data for 1997 crop production is now available on the Internet's World Wide Web, under "Bulletins and Publications" at the new MAES home page.

The electronic address for the home page is: http://www.mes.umn.edu/~maes.

The electronic version of MAES variety trial data is designed to be more comprehensive and useful to producers than past printed editions.

Each crop is reported separately. Two versions of each report have been produced, one for easy viewing on screen, the other formatted for printing from your computer.

In coming weeks, crops which have not regularly appeared in recent print editions will be reported at the MAES web site. Electronic reports will contain the most recent MAES data.

Minnesota residents who do not have access to the Internet can contact their local county office of the Minnesota Extension Service (MES) for assistance in obtaining crop production information. Printouts of crop reports are available for sale through the MES distribution center.

Individual printed crop reports will range from four to 35 pages.

Crop reports will be priced separately. Contact the MES Distribution Center at 20 Coffey Hall, University of Minnesota, 1420 Eckles Ave., St. Paul, Minn. 55108-6064, phone 800-876-8636 or 612-624-4900 for cost information on reports for specific crops.

MAES variety trial data is gathered by the University of Minnesota's experiment station agronomists, who grow test crops at sites across the state.

Sites include seven experiment station facilities, and cooperating farmers' and other agencies' fields. Test sites cover the range of agricultural conditions in the state, from Roseau in the north to Fairmont in the south.

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