Traill County Extension
Now is the Time to Sign up for the NDSU Crop and Pest Report
Each season brings new challenges and pest problems in crop production. One way to stay informed and effectively manage any problem is to sign up for the North Dakota State University Extension Service’s weekly “Crop and Pest Report.” “Each issue of the report contains valuable information about insect and disease problems, pest alerts, integrated pest management strategies, pesticide updates, agronomy and fertility issues, horticulture problems, reports from the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory, important NDSU Extension meetings and a weather outlook,” says Janet Knodel, NDSU Extension entomologist and co-editor of the report. “Local reports also are included on agronomic and pest issues and crop development from agronomists located at the NDSU Research Extension Centers across the state.” To subscribe for the free email version of the report, go to http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr/. Subscribers can view the newsletter by receiving the color PDF format in Adobe Acrobat or by visiting the website. The email version (PDF) is sent every Thursday morning during the field season. If you were signed up last year to receive the electronic copy, you do not need to subscribe again. For more information or assistance in sign up regarding the Crop and Pest Report, contact the Traill County Extension office at (701)636-5665 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Well, I think spring is here! Many of you may have started your plants indoors due to the prolonged winter we had. Proper transplanting technique is vital in making sure that your plants survive this process. Transplant in late afternoon or on a cool, cloudy, calm day. Water plants well before transplanting. Cut the soil between the plants with a knife so each plant can separate easily with a substantial root ball attached. Seedlings grown in separate containers can be transplanted without disturbing the roots. If seedlings are transplanted in peat pots, make sure the top edge of the peat pot is not exposed above the soil surface or the peat pot will act like a wick and rapidly draw the moisture from the root ball, stressing the plant. Scrape the dry surface soil from the planting area. With a hand shovel, make a hole large enough to easily receive the root ball of the transplant. Firm the soil around the roots and water with the starter fertilizer solution. Apply ½ cup of the fertilizer solution per plant at planting time. Transplanted crops may be set out in the garden a week or two before it would otherwise be safe if hot caps are used. Remove the caps after the air temperatures get real warm during the day. If paper hot caps are used, punch ventilation holes in the tops. High temperatures within the hot cap can kill young plants.
2013 Weed Control Guide
In order to be up to date on weed management I encourage producers to have a copy of the 2013 Weed Control Guide.
The 2013 Weed Control Guide has an easy-to-follow format that will help producers with sometimes difficult herbicide application decisions. The guide also lists other publications that are available to provide even more specific information.
The guide is based on federal and state herbicide labels, research at North Dakota Research Extension Centers and other information from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture.
NDSU Extension Service/Traill County
114 Caledonia Ave. W.
Box 730 (mailing address)
Hillsboro, ND 58045
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