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Dealing With High-moisture Corn

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High-moisture corn offers many advantages for producers who feed beef or dairy cattle. However, successfully using high-moisture corn requires attention to harvest timing, processing, storage conditions and feeding management.

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2014- Another Successful Year of Pest Scouting

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During the growing season, North Dakota producers need up-to-date information on pest risks to implement timely and appropriate management strategies.

To provide that information, the integrated pest management (IPM) survey, coordinated by Extension state and area specialists, detect the presence and severity of diseases and insects that are threatening major crops.

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Corn Silage Quality

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As a rule of thumb, corn silage quality will be optimum if the grain fill is allowed to occur until the milk line is one-half to two-thirds of the way down the kernel. Animal studies indicate that optimum intake of corn silage also occurs at this maturity. Harvesting at this stage usually results in near optimum moisture content for storage of the corn silage.

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Managing Saline Soils

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Saline soils have salt levels high enough that crop yields begin to suffer or cropping is impractical. Several factors contribute to the development of saline soils. A high water table is a prime requirement. Recognizing how and why salts accumulate is the first step in farming profitably on land interspersed with saline soils. Preventing further encroachment of salinity and addressing remediation strategies are other steps.

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Soybean Chlorosis Scores Available

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Soybean iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is a major problem in some parts of North Dakota and Minnesota. For the soybean varieties tested by NDSU in 2014, the Roundup Ready and conventional / Liberty Link IDC scores are now available. “Significant differences in IDC scores were observed during the testing,” says Ted Helms, who conducted the research and is the NDSU soybean breeder. “As far as we know, this is the most comprehensive evaluation available to farmers.”

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Tile Drainage Becoming More Popular

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Installation of subsurface (tile) drainage systems in the upper Great Plains has increased since the late 1990s. A wet climate cycle, along with increased crop prices and land values, are the major reasons this technology is being put to use. As a relatively new practice, many questions are being asked about tile drainage.

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Revised Soil Fertility Recommendations for Corn

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Fertilizer recommendations for corn were published about 40 years ago and have changed little since then. However, during the past 40 years, yield expectations have at least doubled from about 80 to more than 200 bushels per acre in many fields. Tillage practices and the hybrids planted also have changed. The changes from previous corn fertility recommendations are primarily the result of recent assessments of corn yield responses to nitrogen through field experiments using modern hybrids and conditions.

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Rust Diseases Spotted

wheat leaf rustMany rust diseases have been spotted in fields during the last few weeks. Some of the most prevalent are common corn rust, wheat leaf rust, wheat stripe rust, oat crown rust, sunflower rust, safflower rust and rust on vetch. Rusts are caused by a group of fungal pathogens with complex life cycles.

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Glyphosate as a Preharvest Aid

winter wheatWinter wheat is approaching maturity and early planted barley is not far behind, so harvest time will soon be upon us. Glyphosate can be used as a preharvest aid in small grains to control green weeds and to speed up uniform ripening of the crop. Glyphosate also has been shown to reduce the amount of time that it takes for a crop to reach harvest moisture if conditions are not favorable for drying.

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Small Grain Disease Forecasting Model

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The NDSU small grain disease forecasting model website predicts the risk of infection for tan spot, septoria leaf blotch and leaf rust of wheat, as well as Fusarium head blight (scab).  The risk of infection is based on weather data from North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network locations. A user of the website choses the NDAWN site of interest and the crop growth stage to get the forecast. 

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