NDSU Extension Service
Sound Ag Advice is an agricultural news podcast now available from the NDSU Extension Service. The podcasts feature agricultural topics ranging from rangeland management to crop prices. Each podcast is three to four minutes long. Subscribers using iTunes will have access to the podcasts on their iPhone, iPad, iPod or computer. Android phone or tablet users can subscribe to the service by downloading a free podcast player app.
National 4-H Week is a celebration of the great things that the 4-H youth development program offers young people and highlights what 4-H members do each day to a make a positive impact on their community. Also during National 4-H Week, hundreds of thousands of youth from all around the nation will complete a single, innovative experiment during 4-H National Youth Science Day. "4-H Maps & Apps" will introduce youth to the importance of geographic information systems and geographic positioning systems as they design and map their ideal park, use mapping to solve community problems and contribute data to the U.S. Geological Survey.
People spend a lifetime working to build resources (an estate) to carry them through their retirement years. But they also need to think about what happens to their estate after they are gone. Estate planning can help avoid confusion, delays, expenses and family quarreling.
The NDSU Center for Community Vitality is the front door to connecting businesses and entrepreneurs with research and technology information. The center targets new and experienced entrepreneurs to help them adapt to rapidly changing business environments, tune into customer needs and take advantage of emerging opportunities.
The spotted-wing drosophila has been detected in North Dakota for the first time. It attacks fruit crops, including cherries, blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, peaches, nectarines, apricots and grapes. Unlike native fruit flies, the spotted-wing drosophila does not require damaged fruit to infest. However, it is very difficult to detect because many native fruit flies resemble the spotted-wing drosophila and the insect is very small.
Hornets (yellow jackets) belong to the family Vespidae. All yellow jackets sting and their stinging behavior is considered a defensive reaction when the colony is threatened. They can sting more than once because their stinger stays with the insect. Yellow jackets are more aggressive during August and September and more likely to sting. Although yellow jackets are a beneficial insect because they feed on other insects, they often become a pest problem when nests are located near homes, schools, picnic areas or playgrounds. (Prairie yellow jacket photo by W. Cranshaw, CSU, Bugwood.org)
If you need to spray a flowering crop with an insecticide or any other pesticide, please read, understand and follow the label to protect pollinators against pesticide poisoning or spray drift.
(Photo by Janet Knodel)
There have been reports of birch trees with dead or dying tops. The damage probably is caused by bronze birch borers. Symptoms of bronze birch borers are D-shaped exit holes on the branches or stems just below the dead area or stems that have a “muscled” appearance.
Ticks are external parasites that feed on blood. Once engorged with a blood meal, a tick will drop off its host to mate, lay eggs or continue development. Ticks require high humidity to survive and do not do well on lawns or fields that are routinely exposed to direct sunlight. There are some pesticides that are effective for controlling ticks. (CDC photo of an American Dog Tick)
The NDSU small grain disease forecasting website is now activated for the season. The website is mobile friendly. This website provides information on the risk of infection for tan spot, Septoria blotch and leaf rust. The site also provides information on Fusarium head blight risk at the flowering stage of wheat. This risk information is based on weather conditions associated with the NDAWN weather network locations. Individuals should pick the weather station closest to their fields, plus the growth stage of the crop and then click on "get forecast." For those individuals who can’t access this information on a computer, the forecasts are summarized in a recorded update at (888) 248-7382 or (701) 231-6601 in the Fargo area. (USDA photo)