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Staying Safe and Productive for the Growing Season (04/30/20)

We are starting the Crop and Pest Report earlier this year. As we are all aware, we have a pandemic of a respiratory disease that spreads from person to person by a new coronavirus called ‘Coronavirus Disease of 2019’, shortened to ‘COVID-19’.

We are starting the Crop and Pest Report earlier this year. As we are all aware, we have a pandemic of a respiratory disease that spreads from person to person by a new coronavirus called ‘Coronavirus Disease of 2019’, shortened to ‘COVID-19’. This disease can cause mild to severe illness and even death and it is most severe in older adults and those of us with a compromised immune system. COVID-19 started last December in China and is currently reported in about 185 countries and regions including the US where it is present in all 50 States as well as the District of Columbia, Guam, Puerto Rico, Northern Mariana Islands and the US Virgin Islands.

As of April 27, 2020, over 3 million people worldwide were infected with COVID-19 with over 214,000 mortalities. In the US, we have over 1 million known infections and over 58,000 of our people have died from this virus. I extend my sympathies to those of you who have lost loved ones and friends because of the pandemic. It is a very difficult, stressful and emotional situation.

What can we do to help mitigate COVID-19?

COVID-19 is also present in North Dakota and Minnesota and each one of us has to take personal responsibility to ensure that we do not contract nor spread the disease. We can do our part by following the Center for Disease Control Guidelines. These include regular and proper washing of our hands with soap and hot water; wearing a mask; keeping our distances; sneezing into our arm; avoid touching our eyes, nose and mouth since these are entry points for the pathogen; stay home if feeling unwell; seek medical attention if you have a fever, a cough and difficulty breathing. Please consult your local health authority for the best medical advice.

Importance of our Producers

North Dakota and Minnesota together produce a significant amount of agricultural products for our fellow citizens and the world market. We are top producers of wheat, barley, soybean, milk and dairy products, pork, oil crops such as canola and flaxseed, sunflower, corn, sugar, honey, edible beans, fruits and vegetables, lamb, turkey, chicken, beef and potatoes. It is critical that our producers stay safe during this pandemic since they play a critical role in feeding our nation. I implore you to take care of yourself, your family, and your community, and together, we will survive and become a more resilient people.

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Mohamed Khan

Extension Sugarbeet Specialist

NDSU & U of MN

701-231-8596

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