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Reduce Bruising at Harvest for a Better Crop (09/01/16)

Last year we conducted a survey to examine the number of blemishes to red and yellow fresh market potatoes.

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Planting Winter Wheat (09/01/16)

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.

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2016 Soybean Iron-Deficiency Chlorosis Ratings Available (09/01/16)

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.

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Cover Crops (08/18/16)

Excessive rainfall in certain areas of North Dakota has resulted in wet field conditions.

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Winter Wheat Variety Selection (08/04/16)

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).

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Estimating Corn Yield before Harvest (07/28/16)

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.

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Green Snap in Corn (07/21/16)

After the recent weather systems that moved through North Dakota, there were reports of green snap on corn in several region of the state.

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Mid-Season Drought Effects On Corn (07/14/16)

Rainfall has been widespread this past week, providing much needed moisture in many areas of the state.

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Hail Damage Estimates on Corn (07/14/16)

With the recent weather events that have moved through the region there were reports of hail damage to corn in the state.

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Diagnosing the Cause of White Heads in Small Grains (07/07/16)

“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.

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Hail Damage in Soybean (07/07/16)

A hailstorm can potentially cause yield losses in soybean ranging from limited yield impact to total destruction of the crop.

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Yellow Plants and Twisted Whorls in Corn (06/30/16)

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).

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Early Planted Soybean Starts to Flower (06/30/16)

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.

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Soybean Scouting (06/23/16)

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.

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Potatoes in Flooded Fields (06/23/16)

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.

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Small Grain and Corn Development Ahead of Normal this Season (06/23/16)

During my recent travels and based on reports from Area Specialists and County Agents, field conditions vary considerably across the state this season.

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Predicting Soybean Maturity (R8) (06/16/16)

A model has been developed to predict the maturity date of soybean to be used by eastern North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota growers.

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Small Grain Development and Timing of In-season Management Practices (06/09/16)

For most of the state, this season has been favorable for small grain development. From the road, many of the small grain fields appear to have tillered nicely and look to have very good yield potential.

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Iron Deficiency Chlorosis in Soybean (06/09/16)

There is usually enough iron available in the soil for soybean. However, during the early season, the soybean plant may not be able to take up enough iron.

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Potential Impacts of Poor Corn Emergence (06/02/16)

In general, plant stands in most corn fields look great this year, especially when traveling on a paved road at the speed limit.

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