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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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2017 Sunflower Planting (05/25/17)

Sunflower planting is progressing rapidly in North Dakota (Figure 1). As of May 21st, about 1/3 of North Dakota sunflower acres were planted. The percent planted sunflower acres is behind last year’s percent, but planting is ahead of the 10 year average.

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Stand Loss in Winter Wheat (5/18/17)

Only 65,000 acres of winter wheat were planted last fall in North Dakota, not many by recent standards. In fact, this represents the smallest acreage of winter wheat since 1999.

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Biological Nitrogen Fixation (5/18/17)

Legumes including alfalfa, chickpea, field pea, lentil, soybean and dry bean, have the ability to establish a symbiotic relationship with rhizobia bacteria to biologically fix nitrogen gas (N2) into plant available nitrogen (N).

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Optimum Planting Dates for Small-Grains (5/11/17)

Planting in a timely manner can be an important determinant of yield.

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Physiological Disorders of Potato Seed Tubers (05/04/17)

The wet growing conditions and extended harvest last year could have led to physiological disorders in seed potatoes.

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Soybean Producer Survey (05/04/17)

A Soybean Producer Survey collected data from 829 soybean fields during the 2014-2016 growing seasons. Highlights of the survey are listed.

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Planting Corn into Cold Soils (05/04/17)

Unlike the last two springs when planting rates for all crops were well ahead of average, the area planted this spring lags behind the average in North Dakota.

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How Fast will Corn Dry Down In the Field this Season? (09/15/16)

Much of the early planted corn in the state has now reached or will soon (within a few days) reach maturity (black layer).

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Farmer Grants (09/15/16)

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.

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Late Blight Found in Potatoes Late Blight Found in Potatoes

Late blight was confirmed from a potato sample collected in Pembina County, ND last week.

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