With hay yields down and prices up this year, protecting your hay bales is extremely important. Round bales, the most common form of baling, are designed to shed water, but hay loss still can occur if they aren't covered. Options for protecting bales include storing them indoors and stacking them on a pad of stone or porous material and covering them with plastic. (NDSU photo)
During hot and dry seasons, spider mites can cause major problems in soybeans. Common symptoms are stippling and leaf discoloration. Early detection using proper scouting techniques will help prevent crop damage and facilitate rescue treatments.
(Spider mite webbing photo courtesy of Janet Knodel)
Some producers are looking at feed alternatives because of dry conditions in some parts of North Dakota. There may be some opportunities after the early season crops, such as peas and wheat, are harvested.
Being proactive is the best way to deal with heat stress in cattle. Trying to help livestock once they are suffering from heat stress may be too late. Having a solid management plan in place to address heat stress helps maintain animal performance and avoid animal deaths in severe cases. (Photo by Carl Dahlen, NDSU)
It is that time of year when NDSU Research Extension Centers across the state hold their annual field days. It is a chance for everyone to learn more about the research that is carried out at the centers and to ask questions.
July 16 - Agronomy Seed Farm, Casselton
July 17, 8:30 am - Carrington Research Extension Center
July 18, 9:00 am - North Central Research Extension Center, Minot
July 19 - Langdon Research Extension Center
July 24 - Williston Research Extension Center
July 31 - Oakes Irrigation Research Center
Now is the time to start cutting hay in North Dakota. Although this is early for the first hay harvest of the growing season, weather conditions this spring have led to alfalfa and grasses maturing about 10 days ahead of normal. Cutting now will set the stage for a good second cutting, provided the crop receives adequate rain. Tonnage from the first cut may be lower than it was last year, but this decrease should be offset with a second cutting later in the season. (NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center photo)
There are more than 100 species of cutworms in North Dakota. There have been many observations of cutworm moths (or miller moths) flying around the lights of houses and farm sheds. Also, approximately 20 cutworm species are economically important in field crops.
Although the wheat flowering period seems far down the road, the season is moving fast, so this is a good time to sign up for Fusarium head blight alerts. Producers can receive the alerts by mobile phone, email or both. Updates on other wheat or barley disease risks also can be provided. (Photo courtesy U.S. Wheat & Barley Initiative)
Sheep producers should have their grain and hay tested for ergot before feeding it to their animals. Ergot is a fungus that can form in seed heads of cereal grains, such as wheat, barley, oats, rye and triticale, and mature grasses, such as brome, timothy, quack grasses and blue grasses. Feeding ewes ergot-contaminated grain during late gestation has resulted in premature births, severe dystocia associated with a failure to dilate, and lower milk production. (Photo by Reid Redden, NDSU)
Warm spring temperatures following a warm winter could lead to problems such as mold growth in stored grain. Problems are especially likely in grain that exceeds the recommended storage moisture content or did not stay cool during the winter. Dry grain that has a higher than recommended moisture content. Regularly monitor the grain for temperature, moisture content and insect infestations. Also keep grain cool during the spring and summer. (Photo by Ken Hellevang, NDSU)