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The Complexity of Nitrogen (08/16/18)

My project with Abbey Wick includes a cover crop site NE of Gardner.

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Soil Sampling Season Begins for 2019 Crop Year (08/02/18)

With the beginning of winter wheat, rye and some spring wheat harvest, it is time to consider soil sampling for the 2019 crop year.

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New or Updated Sulfur Soil Test, Site-Specific Farming and Soil Sampling Publications (06/28/18)

Several of NDSU crop-specific fertility recommendation circulars state that the sulfur soil test is near useless to predict whether a crop will respond to S or not.

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Protein Enhancement Recipe (06/21/18)

Early seeded spring wheat fields are beginning to head, so one of the upcoming questions many of you will have will concern strategies for increased protein.

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Fall Ammonia Damage to Soybean (06/21/18)

I have had two calls within the past few days on a rare phenomenon. An ag-consultant and a farmer from the central part of ND have seen soybean damage over last fall’s anhydrous ammonia bands.

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Soybean Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (IDC) (06/14/18)

Soybeans are ‘blooming’ in the region. Not flowering, just turning yellow. My first summer at NDSU (1994) I experienced this phenomena for the first time, asked a colleague what was going on with the yellow soybeans and they said “Oh, they always do that.”

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Fallow Syndrome after Sugarbeet (06/07/18)

In the Grand Forks area and north, there are fields of corn planted into 2017 sugarbeet fields that are experiencing fallow syndrome symptoms (see figure).

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North Dakota Clay Mineralogy Circular Published (06/07/18)

North Dakota Clay Mineralogy Circular Published

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Perennial Salt-Tolerant Covers for Saline-Sodic Headlands (5/31/18)

Wet weather results in shallow groundwater depths and saturated soils, whereas, dry weather results in lower groundwater depths.

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Growing Problem of Surface Soil Acidity in Long-term No-till (05/24/18)

Judging from the number of calls received this year, the decrease of soil pH and increase in acres affected by aluminum (Al) toxicity is increasing in North Dakota and the region.

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Why No Yield-Goals in North Dakota Fertilizer Recommendations? (05/17/18)

When the planting dust settles and people have time to more carefully review the new North Dakota fertilizer recommendations, they will see that formally SF882-North Dakota Fertilizer Tables and Equations is now SF882-North Dakota Fertilizer Tables.

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Local Fertilizer Supply Delays, Planting Delays, or Charging Ahead (05/10/18)

I have been made aware that some farmers are experiencing problems obtaining fertilizer nitrogen (anhydrous particularly and sometimes urea) necessary to support their normal fertilization procedure.

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Don't Neglect Phosphorus for Wheat in 2018 (05/03/18)

As spring wheat planting gets underway, a soil scientist reminds farmers not to cut back on an important nutrient….phosphorus.

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North Dakota Fertilizer Recommendations have been Overhauled and Revised (05/03/18)

Those who attended Extension meetings this winter are already aware of the revisions of all North Dakota fertilizer recommendations.

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New Potassium Recommendations for North Dakota Crops (08/31/17)

During the past 3 years my graduate students and I have worked on the yield response of corn to fertilizer potassium (K).

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Soil Sampling Behind the Combine (08/17/17)

Early crops are starting to be harvested and soil sampling may begin at any time. Years ago, NDSU published a ‘sampling date adjustment’, meant to allow for additional nitrate to develop later in the fall should a sampler decide to collect soil before mid-September.

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Cover Crop Exchange (8/03/17)

At one of Dr. Wick’s Soil Health Café Gatherings this past winter, some of the attendees talked over the use of cover crops for livestock and at least in eastern North Dakota during years of excess water, cover crops were helpful in reducing soil water, maintaining soil cover to prevent wind erosion and perhaps serving as fall cattle feed.

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Spotty Sugarbeets in NE ND, and NW MN (8/03/17)

I have had several questions regarding early yellowing of sugarbeet in NE North Dakota and NW Minnesota during the past couple weeks.

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Leaving Wheat Plant Strips during Haying may Help 2018 Crops (07/20/17)

In areas affected by drought, many small grain fields are being put up as hay.

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Plant Nutrient Content of Corn Stalk Removal for Livestock Feed (07/06/17)

There are a couple reasons why corn growers might wonder about the economic value of baling corn stalks this year and shipping them to a buyer.

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