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Corn Development and Dry-down in 2018 (09/13/18)

For most of the state, corn growing degree days (GDDs) are running well ahead of normal.

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New Chickpea Publication (09/13/18)

NDSU authors have recently updated the Growing Chickpea in North Dakota (A1236) publication.

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Recommendations for Planting Winter Wheat – 2018 (08/30/18)

Given the more favorable spread between winter wheat and spring wheat prices (certainly compared to last year) and the early harvest of many crops to date, planting winter wheat this fall may make sense for many operations.

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NDSU 2018 Soybean IDC Scores Available (08/30/18)

Field choice and selecting a variety with tolerance to iron-deficiency chlorosis (IDC) are the most important management decisions producers will make in avoiding or reducing the negative yield effect of chlorosis.

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Cover Crop Field Day NDSU Campus (08/30/18)

Cover crop use, the benefits of cover crops, and how they can be used as part of an interseeding system in corn and soybeans will be the focus of a North Dakota State University Extension Field Day on Sept. 18.

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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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Soybean Progress (08/02/18)

The soybean crop has developed rapidly during the summer of 2018.

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Herbicide Injury in Potatoes (07/26/18)

Throughout this year I have visited some fields with herbicide injury. Herbicide injury in potatoes seems to be increasing in North America.

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Lodging in Small Grains (07/26/18)

In many areas of North Dakota, small grains are shorter than normal this season due to warm temperatures during vegetative development.

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Tile Drainage (07/26/18)

Over the last decade or so, tile drainage has become more common in North Dakota and Northwest Minnesota.

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Cover Crops Planted During the Summer (07/19/18)

Although we have had a good planting season, some fields have not been seeded due to localized excessive rainfall.

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Protein Premiums and Discounts in Spring Wheat (07/12/18)

In my contribution to the Crop and Pest Report two weeks ago, I described a decision support system for determining when a post-anthesis application of nitrogen might be profitable.

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Hail Damage in Beans and Sunflower (07/12/18)

Every growing season usually has several severe thunderstorms, which sometimes result in crop damaging hail.

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Green Snap in Corn (07/05/18)

Last week the weather systems that moved through the region brought some needed rain but also strong winds.

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Soybean Transitioning to Reproductive Phase (07/05/18)

Soybean plants in our area are transitioning from the vegetative growth stages to the reproductive phase of their crop development cycle.

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Decision Support for a Foliar Application of Nitrogen (06/28/18)

In last week’s Crop and Pest Report, Franzen and Endres published the recipe for a foliar application of N that can increase grain protein by 0.5 to 1.0% in spring wheat.

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Chickpea Growth Stages (06/28/18)

Chickpea is classified as ‘kabuli’ or ‘desi’ type, based primarily on seed color.

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Warmer than Normal Temperatures Hasten Crop Development (06/21/18)

A quick look at the weather data for this season reveals that corn and wheat growing degree days are running well ahead of normal (100 to more than 200 for a May 1st planting date).

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Checking Legumes for Nodulation (06/21/18)

This spring, North Dakota growers have planted several annual legume crops, including field pea, chickpea, lentil, soybean and dry bean.

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