Much of the early planted corn in the state has now reached or will soon (within a few days) reach maturity (black layer).
The USDA funded, North Central Region Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (NCR-SARE) organization is seeking farmer initiated proposals for the 2017 Farmer Rancher Grant funding.
Late blight was confirmed from a potato sample collected in Pembina County, ND last week.
Last year we conducted a survey to examine the number of blemishes to red and yellow fresh market potatoes.
Winter wheat can be a profitable component of the farming system in North Dakota. Establishing a good stand of winter wheat in the fall is the first step in reducing the risk of crop losses due to winter injury and will be the basic foundation for a high yielding crop after green-up next spring.
Early during the 2016 growing season, Iron-deficiency chlorosis (IDC) in soybean, was observed in many fields in the eastern part of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
Excessive rainfall in certain areas of North Dakota has resulted in wet field conditions.
Some of the first data from this year’s winter wheat variety trials are now available (see the following table for information from Prosper and Hettinger).
As pollination is finishing throughout the North Dakota corn growing region, we can now make the first estimate of the grain yield potential of a field since the number of ears and number of kernels per ear can be fairly accurately estimated.
After the recent weather systems that moved through North Dakota, there were reports of green snap on corn in several region of the state.
Rainfall has been widespread this past week, providing much needed moisture in many areas of the state.
With the recent weather events that have moved through the region there were reports of hail damage to corn in the state.
“White heads” is not the name of a band storming the Billboard charts but a simple description of partially or completely bleached wheat heads that stick out like a sore thumb in both spring and winter wheat this time of the year. The following key will help you decipher the most likely cause of these white heads.
A hailstorm can potentially cause yield losses in soybean ranging from limited yield impact to total destruction of the crop.
There have been reports from many regions of the state of random corn plants that have newly emerged leaves that are bright yellow (see accompanying photos).
With the relative early soybean planting this year, and higher than normal temperatures, the soybean plants are transitioning from the vegetative to the reproductive stage.
A soybean survey project, called Benchmarking Soybean Production Systems in the North-Central USA, started during this past winter with questionnaires filled out by participating growers.
The recent excessive rainfall in potato fields can cause anaerobic conditions, making potatoes susceptible to bacterial soft rot, lenticels openings, and blackheart among other problems.
During my recent travels and based on reports from Area Specialists and County Agents, field conditions vary considerably across the state this season.
A model has been developed to predict the maturity date of soybean to be used by eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota growers.