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New Crops for the New Year

County Agent News
Dan Folske
January 8, 2018

 

New Crops for the New Year

            North Dakota has long been known for the wide variety of crops which can be raised in the state. In recent years, markets have driven our crop production to look more like the cornbelt states as our acres of corn and soybeans have increased dramatically, even here in Burke County. Last year I hosted a soybean production meeting in Lignite, sponsored by the ND Soybean Council. This year I have been working with Extension Agents in Ward and Renville Counties to hold one in Kenmare.

2018 Getting it Right Soybean Production Meeting,

Jan. 24, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Memorial Hall, 5 3rd St. N.E., Kenmare

Topics that will be covered include:

* Local production and crop updates

Bag of Soybean* 2018 disease outlook, including an update on soybean cyst nematodes, as well as field research results conducted in 2017 and information on how to manage soybean diseases

* Variety selection; the latest information on various production issues, such as the importance of good root nodulation, fertility issues and water management; and the results of a soybean production survey

* Intensive soybean management, no till and strip till versus conventional till, planting dates, plant populations and row spacing, special soybean inputs on the market and weed management issues

* How to manage various insect pests, including spider mites and soybean aphids

The North Dakota Soybean Council is sponsoring the Getting it Right in Soybean Production programs and lunch. The council oversees promotion, research and marketing programs funded by soybean checkoff dollars.

The meetings are free of charge. Preregistration is not necessary.

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Soybeans and corn are not the only crops increasing in North Dakota

            Producers, large and small, are always looking for more profitable and rewarding crops. That goes for gardeners and small acreage owners too! It is the season for vegetable seed catalogs. I think I have gotten eight or nine different catalogs in the last couple of weeks.

            North Dakota is not known for its fruit production but fruits of many kinds are grown in the state and the acreages are increasing each year. Kathy Wiederholt, Fruit Project Manager, for the Northern Hardy Fruit Evaluation Project at the Carrington Research Center reports picking over 9,500 lbs from the Project’s orchard since 2009. And that is without including apples, plums, or grapes. Kathy says, “The CREC fruit goes out to Pride of Dakota companies that use fruit in their products, like kuchens, BBQ sauce, jellies/jams/syrups, and our biggest users: winemakers. Companies that want to try new products can request fruit for test batches. Companies that need fruit for established products can purchase it from the fruit project. In 2016 and 2017, we had leftover aronia, juneberry and black currants. We have become a victim of our own success for two reasons: new fruit orchards have started supplying fruit (Excellent!) and businesses that may have bought fruit from us in the past now use too much fruit to buy our relatively small amounts (Excellent, again)!”

            If you are interested in fruit production in North Dakota, The NDSU Extension Service has some great resources for you.  Give me a call at the Burke County Extension office, (701) 377-2927, or email me at dan.folske@ndsu.edu

            Do you have trees in your yard or shelterbelts that produce fruit or other edible resources? You may be surprised about some of them. Did you know that Boxelder trees can be tapped for sap like a sugar maple and their sap can be processed into a great syrup?

             “The Windbreak Cookbook Featuring Fruits of Prairie Forests” is a great publication full of information and recipes for using the fruit often found in our rural windbreaks.  It can be found in a pdf format by googling “Windbreak cookbook” or go directly to: https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/publications/lawns-gardens-trees/the-windbreak-cookbook-featuring-fruits-of-prairie-forests 

It was printed as NDSU Extension publication F 1839, but in limited numbers so a hard copy may be difficult to find.

 

 

           

           

 

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