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Test Weight in Wheat (07/20/17)

During my travels to western North Dakota last week to attend field days, growers grappling with the decision of whether or not to hay their wheat crop were expressing concern about the test weight of their crop if taken to harvest.

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Estimating Wheat Yield (07/13/17)

For early-planted wheat, there are several methods for estimating yield based on yield components.

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Blooming Progress (07/13/17)

Most of the broadleaf crops in our area have transitioned from the vegetative stage to the reproductive phase of their life cycle.

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Water Management (07/06/17)

Although many parts of North Dakota are dry, there are areas in the northern part of the Red River Valley that have received sufficient or even abundant precipitation.

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Drought Stress on Corn Growth (07/06/17)

The United States Drought Monitor map shows that all of North Dakota is currently impacted by some level of moisture stress, with a large portion of the state under extreme drought conditions.

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Guidelines for Haying Drought Damaged Small Grains (6/29/17)

The severe drought that is currently affecting parts of the state is limiting crop and pasture growth.

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Cover Crop Establishment in Corn and Soybean (6/29/17)

Current research is being conducted involving interseeding a number of cover crops into established corn and soybean.

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Twisted Whorls in Corn (06/22/17)

About this time last year, I wrote about twisted whorls in corn.

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Nodules on Soybean Roots (06/22/17)

Soybean plants have the ability to form a symbiotic relationship with nitrogen-fixing Rhizobia bacteria, which cause the small swellings on the root system called nodules.

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Syngenta Sells Its Sugarbeet Seed Division (06/15/17)

Syngenta recently announced its intent to sell its sugarbeet seed business to Danish Company DLF Seeds.

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Small Grains Are Short At Heading – Will It Impact Yield? (06/15/17)

I received a call this week from a grower wondering why his wheat was so short as it approached heading. He explained that his crop had not suffered unduly from drought stress; it had tillered well, and had a nice green color.

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Damage from Blowing Soil Carrying Herbicides (06/08/17)

At one of our testing locations, significant leaf burn was noted on both corn and soybean.

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Wait to Clip Drought-Stressed Alfalfa (06/08/17)

Many parts of the state where alfalfa is grown are experiencing moderate to severe drought, which is causing spring alfalfa growth to wilt and shoots and leaves to dry.

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Addition to Last Week’s Question and Answer (06/08/17)

Question: What preemergence herbicides can I use on potato if I want to plant sugarbeets next year?

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Soybean Plant Establishment (06/08/17)

Soybean is most commonly planted using a row crop planter, grain drill, or air seeder. Many growers in North Dakota use narrow soybean row spacings to achieve advantages, which include: reduced soil erosion, early crop canopy closure, increased seed yield, and increased harvest efficiency.

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Questions on Herbicide Options for Potato (06/01/17) Rev (06/07/17)

Question: What preemergence herbicides can I use on potato if I want to plant sugarbeets next year?

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Dry Soils and Poor Corn Emergence (06/01/17)

Conditions during the last couple of weeks have been good for planting.

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Low Plant Density and Replanting (06/01/17)

In parts of North Dakota, dry seed beds and low temperatures have delayed the emergence of broadleaf crops.

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Growth Staging Wheat for Plant Growth Regulator Applications (05/25/17)

The recent cool weather has prolonged the emergence of recently planted corn and soybeans and slowed the development of small grains.

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