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Volume 33, Issue 08 | July 30th, 2020

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DO NOT PLANT UNSOLICITED SEEDS; REPORT TO NORTH DAKOTA DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE

JOINT RELEASE: RESIDENTS SHOULD REPORT UNSOLICITED SEEDS COMING FROM CHINA

JULY 27, 2020-- BISMARCK – The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) and the North Dakota State Seed Department have received several reports of state residents receiving unsolicited packages containing seeds from China. Officials in other states have also reported similar instances.

“We’re not sure why these seeds are being sent or what the motives are behind this,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “Unsolicited seeds may be invasive and introduce diseases harmful to plants or livestock.”

“Individuals who receive unsolicited seeds should be concerned,” said Jason Goltz, regulatory manager of the North Dakota State Seed Department. “The introduction of a noxious weed or new disease can have devastating effects on agriculture and our food supply.”

Anyone receiving unsolicited seeds in the mail should do the following:

  • Retain the seeds and packaging, including the mailing label
  • Do not plant the seeds
  • Contact the NDDA at 701-328-2391 or email your name, phone number and number of packages and dates received to doa-phytos@nd.gov to report the incident
  • Wait for further instructions

The NDDA and the North Dakota State Seed Department will work with the United States Department of Agriculture to identify and destroy the seeds.

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The Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) of the USDA also released a statement this week, “we don’t have any evidence indicating this something other than a “brushing scam” where people receive unsolicited items from a seller who then posts false customer reviews to boost sales. USDA is currently collecting seed packages from recipients and will test their contents and determine if they contain anything that could be of concern to U.S. agriculture or the environment. (Source: USDA Investigate Packages of Unsolicited Seeds from China)

Do not plant seeds from unknown origins, and do not throw them away. Save packaging and report seeds to the  ND Department of Agriculture.

GRAND FORKS WEED BOARD NOTICE—CHEMICAL COST SHARE NEXT WEEK

 

The Grand Forks County Weed Board will be offering cost share        chemicals to registered landowners.  A current license is required to purchase Tordon.  Cost share chemicals will be Amine, Freelexx, Curtail, Milestone, Tordon, and Overdrive.

Please contact:         

Kevin

1637 15th Avenue NE (1/2 mile west of CR #5 and 32nd Ave S)

Grand Forks, ND 58201

218-779-4709

Chemicals will be available Monday, August 3, 2020 through Friday,  August 7, 2020 from 7:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

NOTES FROM THE FIELD - QUICK SCOUT UPDATE

I’m sure I’m not the only one who is a little bit happy to see clear skies in the forecast for 7-10 days. Though temperatures will remain warm, this is a good time to get caught up on spraying/working wet ground, plant cover crop on PP, cut hay, and other various items put off due to rains. Wheat desiccation is just around the corner. Our warm season crops that are not suffering from too much water have been enjoying the warm, wet weather and dry beans, sunflower, corn and soybean still seem to have excellent potential this year.

I have not been finding soybean aphids. Grasshoppers are still in some areas, especially in the grass ditches, and         

perennials. Still finding along some field edges, but not all, so keep scouting and be diligent.  Early nymphs are reaching/have reached adult stage; the bigger they get, the more they eat, and the more difficult they become to control. Adult Action Threshold: 21-40 per square yard in field margins, 8-14 per square yard in the field. Scout forages for grasshoppers. Always pay attention to pre-harvest intervals when timing application with harvest/cutting date.

As sunflowers start moving into reproductive stages, I will start monitoring for seed weevil and sunflower moths.

EVENTS THIS SUMMER

 

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