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Sidedress Time Approaches (06/02/16)

Corn in some areas is approaching V5 growth stage, which is the stage in which most side-dress N application should begin in this region.

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Nitrogen Rate and Yield between Fields are not Related (05/26/16)

The N rate calculators for wheat (2010), corn (2014) and sunflower (2016) are not yield-based formulas. I continually am asked how much N is needed for a bushel of ‘X’. The answer is: ‘It’s not important’.

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Dig Up Some Wheat Plants....Now!! (05/26/16)

It's important for farmers and agronomists to examine wheat plants, about 6 weeks after planting, because the plants can "tell" you a lot about their overall health, and lessons can be learned, if you know what you are looking for.

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How Much Does IDC Reduce Soybean Yield? (05/12/16)

Iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is a widespread and destructive disorder of soybeans.

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Shallow Urea Incorporation not Recommended (05/05/16)

My colleagues in the soil fertility world have often assumed that shallow (inch or so) incorporation of urea was better than no incorporation at all.

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Topsoil Removal Project Still Underway (05/05/16)

This spring has seen several days of major topsoil loss in the Red River Valley of North Dakota and other areas of the state where conventional tillage and dry top soil conditions were present.

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Glitch in Corn N Calculator with Irrigated Corn (05/05/16)

The Irrigated Corn category within the North Dakota Corn N Calculator https://www.ndsu.edu/pubweb/soils/corn/ is not accessing the data it should to provide N recommendation values.

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We’re not Iowa (09/10/15)

I think many consultants and growers understand that just because we grow corn and soybeans we are not Iowa, but some appear to be confused. There are two important differences that I need to stress for those who think the capital of North Dakota is Des Moines, and both are related.

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Strip-till (08/13/15)

To make strip-till practical in the Valley, follow the combine with the strip-till machine. Fertilizer P and K can be applied, and wait until at least the 1st of October to apply fall ammonia, and only then when soil temperatures taken between 6-8AM fall to 50 degrees F.

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A Look Back at Side-Dress (08/13/15)

It is satisfying to see side-dress become more common in ND on soils with a high susceptibility to in-season N loss from leaching or denitrification. As plans are made this winter on strategies for next season, please consider the following:

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Prevent Plant Acres (08/13/15)

There are some growers that are seeding cover crops into prevent plant acres, while others I think enjoy seeing their topsoil blow away during the winter and spring.

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Soil Sampling Following Early Crop Harvest (08/13/15)

Soil sampling is encouraged immediately following early crop harvest, including winter wheat, barley, spring wheat, any wheat, rye, canola and early flax. The following are concepts to keep in your head during interpretation for next years’ crop:

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Iron Deficiency Chlorosis Refresher (07/02/15)

Growers and crop consultants in the Valley are well acquainted with iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) through years of experience.

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Correct Crop Nutritional Diagnosis Using Plant Analysis (06/25/15)

I have already referred to plant analysis as a tool that growers/crop consultants can use to better diagnose nutritional problems suspected from symptoms observed in the field.

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Nitrogen Application for Spring Wheat and Durum Protein Increase (06/18/15)

Spring wheat and durum is approaching heading. My plots near Lisbon are in the boot stage and will head out in a few days.

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Corn N Sidedress Options (06/18/15)

Many more growers are planning to sidedress corn this year than in the past. Most growers that have tried sidedressing the past few years have been successful at increasing corn yield over fields with preplant only.

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Soil Sealing, Crusting, Water Erosion and General Poor Soil Health (06/11/15)

The effects of too much tillage are again seen in the state with stark evidence of gullies, rill erosion, surface crusting, sealing of soil over trying-to-emerge germinating seedlings, and flooded field areas.

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No-Till Fields Planted (06/04/15)

I have, or will have, 30 sites this year from Casselton to Beach to Bottineau in various studies.

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Patience on Yellow Corn, but React to Yellow Wheat Now (06/04/15)

Most wheat fields are in the 3-5 leaf stage and have some yellow in them, especially in areas receiving near record May rains.

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Rivers to Nowhere (05/21/15)

Now is a good time before bustling back to the field to drive around the fields and look, and take pictures and make notes of ditches that go nowhere.

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