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North Central ND (08/16/18)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

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Does Waterhemp Outcross with Powell Amaranth or Redroot Pigweed? (08/16/18)

Academicians teach agriculturalists to identify pigweed species by the presence or absence of hair on leaves and stem. Redroot and Powell pigweed have very small fine hairs throughout the plant.

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What’s that Grass? (08/16/18)

There is a new player in North Dakota. At least I can’t find reference to it having been here before.

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Ergot Being Reported in Wheat (08/16/18)

The wheat harvest is in full swing and reports of ergot have been received from south central, east central and central North Dakota. Below, I will review some of the commonly asked questions with the disease.

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Soybean Cyst Nematode Sampling Program will Begin at the End of the Month (08/16/18)

The North Dakota Soybean Council and NDSU Extension Service are operating the SCN soil testing program again this season.

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Water Use in Corn and Late-season Drought Stress (08/16/18)

For much of this growing season conditions were favorable for corn growth and up until recently it looked like we were going to produce a record or near-record crop in North Dakota. Because of the lack of recent rainfall, however, corn is starting to be stressed.

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NDSU Extension Cover Crop Field Day (08/16/18)

The North Dakota State University Extension Service will be having a field day on August 28 focusing on the benefits of cover crops in the farming system, including utilization of cover crops as forage.

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Wheat Stem Sawfly in NC ND (08/16/18)

I've had several other calls on wheat lodging from wheat stem sawfly in Berthold area in Ward County (Andrew Green, NDSU Wheat breeder), Mohall area in Renville County and Souris area in Bottineau County.

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Red Sunflower Seed Weevil High (08/16/18)

Continue to scout for red sunflower seed weevil.

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Soybean Aphids Still Low (08/16/18)

Hot weather has decreased the risk of economic soybean aphid infestations, and soybeans are maturing quickly.

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Scout for Spider Mites in Beans (08/16/18)

It is not surprising to see spider mites showing up in soybeans and dry beans with the hot dry weather.

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Grasshoppers on the Move! (08/16/18)

Grasshoppers have been increasing in parts of North Dakota (see IPM map) and infestations are reported in field edges of soybeans, sunflowers and field corn.

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Pigweed Identification using Flowering Structure (08/16/18)

Pigweed (Amaranthus species) are in full flower. I thought it might be a good idea to refresh weed identification skills based on characteristics of the flowering structure.

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Red Sunflower Seed Weevil Increasing (08/02/18)

The USDA NASS reports that 54% of the sunflowers were blooming in North Dakota as of July 30th compared to only 31% last year (USDA NASS News Release).

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Protect Pollinators - Wise Insecticide Use (08/02/18)

Bees are in trouble in the United States and other areas of the world.

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Soybean Aphids Increasing Slowly (08/02/18)

Based on recent counts from southeastern ND, soybean aphids are slowly starting to increase.

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Summer Flea Beetles Feeding on Canola Pods (08/02/18)

The summer population of flea beetles has emerged in large numbers this year.

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Scout for Bertha Armyworm in Canola (08/02/18)

Mature bertha armyworm larvae were found feeding on the pods of canola in northcentral McHenry County (Source: Kristine Keller, Farmers Union Oil of Velva, Butte, Drake and Anamoose).

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Good Bugs II Workshop (08/02/18)

Come learn about farming and integrating beneficial insects for natural pest control, a Conservation Biocontrol Short Course!

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Weather Forecast (08/02/18)

The August 2 through August 8, 2018 Weather Summary and Outlook

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