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Summer Progress

Summer Progress

County Agent News
Dan Folske
July 14, 2014

Summer Progress

            Most crops are looking good. Crop progress is a bit behind normal due to the spread out planting season and cool temps. The cool temps may be of some concern for the late planted crops but will certainly help the cool season crops through flowering and filling. Haying is also behind due to excess moisture although many producers made good progress this past week. Upland pastures and hay are generally good while many of the low lying pastures and hay areas are flooded again. The loss of pasture and hay acres in the county due to the recent wet years is high. Many acres that were the historic basis for livestock pasture and hay on the flats are now growing cattails or are completely flooded.

            By the time you read this Project Safe Send will have been completed in Bowbells. I have had a lot of phone calls relating to disposal of pesticides and believe the site in Bowbells will have lots of activity.

            North Dakota State Fair activities are starting this week. 4-H exhibits are coming into the office and will be taken to the fair this week. I will be working with the 4-H poultry and rabbit shows on July 18th, 20th, 22nd, and the 23rd.

            The Burke County Weed Board has a crew spraying noxious weeds along county roads. After a late start due to weather conditions they are moving along and making good progress.

            If you plan on haying county road ditches please contact us to see if herbicides have been applied. Tordon 22k is being used which has a 14 day haying restriction. For more information, please call me at 377-2927, or email me at dan.folske@nccray.net

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