ISSUE 8 June 21, 2001
ZERO TILLAGE ASSOCIATION TOUR SET
The Manitoba-North Dakota Zero Tillage Farmers Association will be holding their summer tour on Tuesday, July 3 near Melita, Manitoba. The site is located one mile E of Melita, MB on south side of Highway 83 (Souris Valley Irrigation Research Farm).
Registration is at 9 am (CDT) and will include a $10 event fee. The morning activities will feature a "CROPS DIAGNOSTICS SCHOOL" which is being conducted by Manitoba Agriculture staff and others. This will involve an interactive look and review of many different cropping issues and pest problems. Topics such as pesticide residues and carryover, soil fertility, canamaize, forage crops, pulse crops, and winter wheat production will be included. Itís a great chance to discuss some real crop production challenges with fellow agronomists, crop producers and Agricultural specialists.
Lunch will be made available at noon. The afternoon program involves touring of area farms to observe various crops, seeding equipment and the use of new pesticide products. This event is well worth attending if your time so allows. For further information contact:
Scott Day: 204-534-2461; Bob Bradley: 204-727-5355; Jerry Blotter: 701-337-5820
NDSU WEEDS TOUR CANCELLED
The NDSU Weeds Tour scheduled for July 3, 2001 has been cancelled due to wet weather delaying establishment of herbicide and weed control studies and delaying of timely application of herbicide treatments.
Dr. Alan Dexter will still hold the sugarbeet weed control tour in the afternoon of the 3rd. Meet at his field plots north of the Fargo airport at 1:00 pm.
Some have pronounced condemnation on my part for the wet weather. Some have blamed me has suggested that the years when a field tour is scheduled are years when excess rain occurs. If this is true, then we should never schedule a field tour and wonderful, warm, farmer-friendly spring conditions will result. Interesting concept!
WHEAT MIDGE NIGHT SCOUTING WORKSHOP
This will be held at Makoti, Monsantoís Center of Excellence on July 2, 2001 at 8:00 PM. Drive 5 miles south of Makoti and 3 miles west on Ward County Road 24 (331 Avenue SW). The workshop will include updates on: scouting for wheat midge, determining if fields are at economic threshold levels, timing of insecticide application, tank mixing insecticides with fungicides, and new NDSU research on wheat midge (pheromone trapping, resistance variaties). Come learn more about wheat midge!