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North Central ND (07/04/19)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

The North Central region received a decent amount of rainfall over the last week: Minot 2.04”; Rugby 1.17”; Bottineau 2.52”; Rolla 0.86”; Plaza 0.30”; Mohall 1.56”; and Garrison 0.21”. An unconfirmed report of leaf rust in small grains was reported in the North Central region last week. Tan spot has also been found by the IPM scout. Grasshoppers and some flea beetle damage continue to be reported; however, flea beetle numbers are beginning to drop. We have also found some thistle caterpillars in the area. Please consider your scouting programs for both disease and insects at this time. Canola is in the bolting to flowering stages across the area. Soybean is about the V4 stage as small grains continue to advance.

We had a great turnout for the Good Bugs III Workshop in Hettinger and Bismarck the last few weeks. Speakers focused on farming and conservation methods to retain beneficial insect populations as well as on ID of beneficial insects. Patrick Wagner, SDSU Entomology Field Specialist, was our guest speaker for the event. He discussed the role of Dung Beetles in rangeland – “What they can do for us and what we can do for them.”

TJ Prochaska

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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