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North Central ND (07/27/17)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota.

A few hit and miss rain showers arrived in the North Central (NC) region over the last week, though, probably not enough put a dent in the drought. However, some small chances of rain could bring relief to some areas over the next week. The NDSU small grain disease model continues to remain low across the area. On the insect side of things, a few English grain aphids have been found on small grains in parts of the area, though, I have not observed them at economic levels. However, scouting may be beneficial. Grasshoppers continue to be found along field edges through data observed through the IPM scouting program. Again, continue scouting protocols.

We have had some exciting events over the last few weeks with plot tours in Renville and Pierce counties and field day at the NCREC. Agronomy updates were provided along with information on UAV technology and pollinator information. We are not done yet as the NCREC will host one more field day on August 22nd at 9 am. For this event, we will play co-host with the NRCS with a focus on good bugs within an agricultural setting. Please note, registration is limited to the first 80 participants. Lunch will be provided. Early bird registration ends on August 1 ($30 cost). After this date, the registration cost will rise to $40. This will cover your educational materials and meal. A block of rooms has been set aside at the Astoria Hotel in Minot for those who would like to travel to this event. Registration and event information can be found on the NCREC website.

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TJ Prochaska

Area Extension Specialist/Crop Protection

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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