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National Farm Safety Week (09/10/20)

Agriculture, which includes crop and livestock production, continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming and ranching are the eighth most dangerous occupation in our country.

Agriculture, which includes newscrop and livestock production, continues to be one of the most dangerous occupations in the U.S. According to the most recent statistics from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, farming and ranching are the eighth most dangerous occupation in our country.

To highlight farm and ranch safety awareness, National Farm Safety and Health Week will be held on Sept. 20-26. National Farm Safety and Health Week is led by the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety (NECAS), the agricultural partner of the National Safety Council.

The NECAS has scheduled the following daily webinars during National Farm Safety and Health Week:

* Monday, Sept. 21 - tractor safety and rural roadway safety

* Tuesday, Sept. 22 - overall farmer health

* Wednesday, Sept. 23 - safety and health for youth in agriculture

* Thursday, Sept. 24 - emergency preparedness in agriculture

* Friday, Sept. 25 - safety and health for women in agriculture

For webinar details and to register, visit the AgriSafe Network NFSHW webpage at https://learning.agrisafe.org/nfshw2020. A free AgriSafe account is required to access the webinars.

If you are unable to participate in the webinars, the National Education Center for Agricultural Safety website (https://www.necasag.org/) has information on various agricultural safety topics, including safety training, rescue programs and farm first-aid kits.

In addition to the resources provided by NECAS, NDSU Extension's new Farm & Ranch Safety website (https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/extension/farmsafety/) has resources on farm and ranch safety. NDSU Extension agents and specialists from across North Dakota have developed resources, including videos, stickers, fact sheets and producer testimonials, that focus on the many aspects of farm and ranch safety.

NDSU Extension's farm and ranch safety team's fall feature is harvest equipment safety. NDSU Extension agents are working with local agricultural equipment dealers, county highway departments, and local farmers and ranchers on how to communicate with employees using hand signals on the job. NDSU Extension has developed stickers that include the 11 hand signals created by the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers. These stickers are to be placed in tractor cabs, combine cabs and even self-propelled sprayers or trucks. "The stickers are designed to help equipment operators communicate in a 'language' that both parties will understand to ultimately reduce the risk of a farm accident." (Source:  Angie Johnson, NDSU Extension's Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Agent in Steele County and a member of the Farm and Ranch Safety Team)

Contact your local NDSU Extension Agent to receive safety materials for your farm or ranch.

 

John Nowatzki

NDSU Ag Machine Systems Extension Specialist

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Residents Should Report Unsolicited Seeds Coming from China (07/30/20)

NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE AND NORTH DAKOTA STATE SEED DEPARTMENT - JOINT RELEASE

North Dakota Department of Agriculture and North Dakota State Seed Department - JOINT RELEASE

July 27, 2020
For immediate release

BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota State Seed Department have received several reports of state residents receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China. Officials in other states have also reported similar instances.

“We’re not sure why these seeds are being sent or what the motives are behind this,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Unsolicited seeds may be invasive and introduce diseases harmful to plants or livestock.”

“Individuals who receive unsolicited seeds should be concerned,” said Jason Goltz, regulatory manager of the North Dakota State Seed Department. “The introduction of a noxious weed or new disease can have devastating effects on agriculture and our food supply.”

Anyone receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail should do the following:

  • Retain the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label
  • Do not plant the seeds
  • Contact the NDDA at 701-328-2391 or email your name, phone number and number of packages and dates received to doa-phytos@nd.gov to report the incident
  • Wait for further instructions

The NDDA and the North Dakota State Seed Department will work with the United States Department of Agriculture to identify and destroy the seeds.

For more information, please contact Michelle Mielke at (701) 328-2233 or mmielke@nd.gov. Sample package photos are available at https://www.nd.gov/ndda/news/joint-release-residents-should-report-unsolicited-seeds-coming-china.

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REC Field Day Videos Available (07/23/20)

A total of 101 videos were recorded for the 2020 REC Field Day for your viewing and education!

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A total of 101 videos were recorded for the 2020 REC Field Day for your viewing and education!

A good place to start is with the ‘Welcome’ videos by:

Here’s a summary of some of the video topics that address many different agricultural areas:  crop production issues (seeding rates, row spacing, cover crops, intercropping, twin row corn), updates on crop breeding programs, new crops (hemp, perennial flax, etc.), organic crop production, salt-tolerant crops, prevented plant, soil fertility, soil microbes, protein enhancement for winter wheat, insect pest and disease updates (soybean cyst nematodes, wheat diseases, IPM, insect trapping, beneficial insects, wheat stem sawfly, pea leaf weevil, pea aphid), weed control (horseweed, kochia, etc.), noxious weeds, pesticides (fungicide spraying), Precision Ag updates (drones, robots in field), and crop market updates. 

Other areas covered are horticultural crops (aronia and haskaps), vineyards, fruit orchards, gardening, pipelines, livestock issues (alternative roughages for beef cattle, alternative grains for feedlot cattle, mineral supplements for preweaning and postweaning beef cattle, cattle markets, etc.) and retail meats for home and local foods.

Updates from the NDSU RECs, Northern Canola Growers Association, Northern Plains Sustainable Ag Society, Crop Improvement and Foundation Seed groups and others also are included.

Interested? Get some popcorn, relax and check it out the REC Field Day videos! Have fun! Below is the master playlist link for all the REC Field Day videos.

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLnn8HanJ32l6SGAm9ofO4Y6mSAp9ox7_k

 

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NDSU Extension Cover Crop Field Day (08/29/19)

Opportunities to incorporate cover crops into various cropping systems will be the focus of a North Dakota State University Extension field day Tuesday, September 17.

Opportunities to incorporate cover crops into various cropping systems will be the focus of a North Dakota State University Extension field day Tuesday, September 17.

Registration is required. For registration go to:

https://forms.gle/zy9QnmEXY6nND3cu9

 The benefits of cover crops and how they can be used as part of an interseeding system in wheat, corn, and soybeans will be discussed and demonstrated. Educational sessions and field visits will be at the NDSU campus research plots 0.4 mile west of the corner of 18th Street and 15th Avenue North in Fargo. Registration will begin at 8 a.m. and sessions will end at 3 p.m.

The field day will highlight 20 different cover crop species and how they can be incorporated into a farming operation or used for fall grazing.

Other topics presenters will discuss include:

* Cover crops and soil health

* Benefits and challenges of cover crops

* Forage sorghum and grazing mixtures

* The results of seeding timing

* Rate of rye and camelina seeded into standing corn or soybeans

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In addition, participants will visit the NDSU field research and demonstration plots near Reile’s Acres, N.D., by bus. Stops include a research area with cover crop interseeded into soybean; a research site investigating the effect of fall-seeded cover crops after wheat harvest on the following soybean crop; and, a cowpea demonstration showing various types of cowpeas.

 

After lunch, researchers will present results of interseeding camelina and rye into corn and sugarbeet, and the use of cover crops to manage soybean cyst nematodes. The program will conclude with a panel discussion which will include a question-and-answer session.

Lunch will be provided; register online. For more information about the field day and preliminary research results, visit the project’s website at https://www.cropsyscap.org .

This field day is part of the outreach effort associated with a National Institute of Food and Agriculture grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture awarded to North Dakota Agricultural Experiment Station scientists (Award no. 2016-69004-24784, “CropSys - A novel management approach to increase productivity, resilience, and long-term sustainability of cropping systems in the northern Great Plains”). The grant research aims to study how cover crops can increase the resiliency and productivity of crops such as corn and soybeans and improve soil health and land use efficiency.

 

 

Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

 

Marisol Berti

NDSU Forage & Biomass Crop Production

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NDSU Field Days: July 2019 (06/13/19)

Plan to attend a nearby NDSU Field Days to learn the latest in new crop varieties, agronomy, soil science, pest issues and more!

NDSU Field Days:  July 2019

Plan to attend a nearby NDSU Field Days to learn the latest in new crop varieties, agronomy, soil science, pest issues and more!

 

July 8:  Central Grassland REC, Streeter

July 9:  Hettinger Research Extension Center – Hettinger, N.D.

July 10:  Dickinson Research Extension Center – Dickinson, N.D.

8:30 -noon

July 10:  Williston Research Extension Center (dryland crops and

            horticulture) – Williston, N.D. 3 PM

July 11:  Nesson Valley Irrigation Field Day – Williston, N.D. 8:30 AM

July 15:  Agronomy Seed Farm – Casselton, N.D. 5 PM

July 16:  Carrington Research Extension Center – Carrington, N.D.

9 AM - noon and 1 - 3 PM

July 17:  North Central Research Extension Center – Minot, N.D.

9 AM - noon

July 18:  Langdon Research Extension Center – Langdon, N.D.

8 AM - noon

August 15:  Oaks Irrigation Field Tour – Oakes, N.D

This site is supported in part by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no. 2017-70006-27144/accession 1013592] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the website author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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