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North Central ND (07/26/18)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

Over the past two weeks, successful field days have occurred in Rugby, Minot, Mohall, and Garrison. Thanks to all the participants and growers who attended each of those days across the North Central region of the state.

As small grain harvest, especially with winter wheat, continues to approach – calls into the office appear to be more directed to pulse crops. Pulse growers continue to monitor for pea aphid and chickpea growers continue to monitor for Ascochyta in the area, with some control measures being taken. Wheat midge numbers continue to fluctuate, but they remain well below the peak numbers observed a few weeks ago.

Over the past week, rain reports were as follows: Berthold 0.31”, Bottineau 0.00”, Crosby 0.12”, Garrison 0.13”, and Rugby 0.00” of precipitation. Soil temperatures (bare) appear to be holding steady at most NDAWN stations in the North Central region (Berthold 73˚F, Bottineau - 70˚F; Garrison - 72˚F; Rugby - 71˚F). Please be advised that the Minot NDAWN station has not been accurate the past couple weeks. If using the disease forecast models – I would refer you to the next closest NDAWN station for forecast information.

As we look to the month of August – the Good Bugs Workshop will be offered once again. In this full-day short course, participants will learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to encourage beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately rewarding farmers with economically-viable pest management systems. Participants will learn how common farm practices can impact beneficial insects and how to assess and create farm habitat for beneficial insects.

One session will be offered in Larimore, ND, at the Larimore Dam Rec Area and Campground on August 15th. The second will be hosted at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center on August 16th. For registration or questions on the event, please contact TJ Prochaska at travis.prochaska@ndsu.edu or connect with him at the NCREC by calling 701.857.7682. Registrations received by August 1st will receive the early bird pricing of $25. All registrations accepted after August 1st will $40. These workshops are approved for 6 CEUs in Pest Management (NDCCA).

TJ Prochaska

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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