A living weed exhibit is available for public viewing at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. Before weeds can be effectively managed, they must be properly identified. The objective of the arboretum is to be a reference for farmers, landowners, gardeners, and other persons to aid in weed identification and management. The exhibit contains over 60 weeds that are labeled by common name. The weeds are arranged in groups as annual broadleaves, annual grasses, winter annuals, biennials, perennials, and North Dakota noxious weeds. Individuals or groups may informally visit the arboretum anytime during the growing season. If a formal tour or training session is desired, please contact the Carrington Center at 701-652-2951.


South-Central ND

During May 29 to June 4, area rainfall ranged from 0.44 inches at McLeod to 0.0 inches at several sites as recorded at NDAWN sites. An inch or more of rainfall would be welcome throughout the region, especially for late-planted crops not yet emerged. Subsoil moisture is adequate. Soybean, dry bean, and sunflower planting should be completed in areas north of I94 during the first full week of June. Some replanting of corn, canola, flax, mustard and soybean continues. The cool, early season and currently dry weather have reduced pasture and forage production. Livestock producers will likely be planting significant acres of emergency annual forage crops and cutting some small grain fields for hay. Small grain stands generally are excellent and growth stages range from emerging to jointing. Concerns exist for emergence of late-planted crops in dry soil, especially small-seeded crops including flax and millet.

Herbicide application in small grain, corn, and field pea is in progress. Disease problems are currently on hold. Some reports of wireworm in corn and soybean have been received. Flea beetle activity needs to be monitored in canola and tame mustard fields. Very few grasshoppers have been currently detected in roadside ditches, but populations and crop injury potential will increase if the dry weather continues.

Greg Endres
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center




Crop Management Field School Scheduled on June 20 at Carrington


A Crop Management Field School will be offered on Thursday, June 20 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the North Dakota State University Carrington Research Extension Center. The targeted audience is crop advisers but farmers also are welcome. The school is organized and conducted by the NDSU Extension Service. The school will provide ‘hands-on’ training on crop pest and soil management using field research and demonstration plots. Specific field sessions include weed identification, herbicide mode-of-action diagnosis, evaluation of herbicide performance, soybean aphid and sunflower insect updates, fungicide strategies for small grain and canola disease, and nitrogen management in bean and oilseed crops. For further details and preregistration information, contact the Carrington Center  (telephone: 701- 652-2951, e-mail: Gregory.Endres@ndsu.nodak.edu, or website:  www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/carringt/events.html). A completed preregistration form and $50 fee is requested by June 14 ($60 after June 14). An application is being submitted to the Certified Crop Adviser program to provide participants with continuing education units including six IPM and one nutrient management.