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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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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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