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Northeast ND (05/28/15)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Most crops made it through last week’s frost concerns.  On station, we had a frost injury on flax.  Canola and sugarbeet seedlings were wind-whipped during the May 17th stormy weather.  A few fields need replanting from the damage. 

Field activity has been moving ahead at a fast rate.  We expect that some counties will be entirely seeded in next seven days.  Others are working on canola and row crops.

Insect activity has been increasing in our region.  Flea beetles have been damaging early-seeded canola and POST insecticide spraying is occurring across the region.  When cotyledons have 25% damage, a POST spray is warranted.  Flea beetle populations can damage fields quickly.  Also, reports of cutworm and wireworm activity have been coming in on the canola crop. Growers should scout their fields for these pests. 

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

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