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Volume 33, Issue 09 | August 6th , 2020

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NOTES FROM THE FIELD - QUICK SCOUT UPDATE

Small grain harvest is starting, or just around the corner. Dry beans that missed some of the July rains are maturing faster than one may want. Conditions have remained favorable for rust in dry edible bean and sunflower. Clear nights and low wind has plants hanging in heavy morning dews. Check areas that stay in shade longer, like next to tree belts, etc.  Most I’ve talked with are on the tail end or finished spraying for white mold in their edibles.  Some have added a tebuconazole to the tank to help broaden the disease package to protect against rust as well.  It may be worth it this year.  Unfortunately, bacterial diseases are also making some appearances in both dry bean and soys, and in some instances, moving to the pod. Greg Endres reported this in Carrington in his most recent crop and pest report update

Protecting soybeans from white mold with a fungicide application may not be such an easy decision to make. Varietal selection makes a difference in WM tolerance, and some can handle WM disease pressure without contributing to yield loss. The decision to spray can be tougher to weigh for efficacy and economics. Soybean Cyst Nematode damage will start showing up in fields. Look for stunted growth, yellowing. This may be difficult to distinguish from other environmental factors, so sampling will be beneficial.  Pre-paid SCN bags are available in the Extension Office once again this year. Just contact me if you need bags, or help with sampling. I happy to help get some sampling done.

I will continue scouting for red sunflower weevils, moths in sunflower. I’ll be on the lookout soon for signs of Goss’s Wilt and other bacterial leaf diseases in corn. 

UNSOLICITED SEEDS IN THE MAIL - FURTHER INSTRUCTIONS: SEND TO THE ND DEPT OF AGRICULTURE

As I was scrolling through social media the other day, seeing jokes about the unsolicited seeds in the mail, I found some of the comments quite humorous, while others were a bit concerning. It might be difficult to understand how much damage could be done with a couple of measly packets of seeds thrown in the trash or planted outside ‘to see what happens’, when the concept has little to do with one’s daily life and interactions.  But many who work closely with the land, whether that’s in agriculture, at a national park, with aquatic life, or just like maintaining their own lawn/landscape, etc., noxious/invasive pests can make you want to pull your hair out! So if you hear of more seeds in the mail, keep the Dept. of Ag posted, and let them dispose of the seeds for you. Check out this week’s Blog Post, on the Grand Forks County Extension website, for a little history of some noxious pests in ND, and resources where you can find a list of all known invasive pests in the US.

SUBSCRIBE TO THE WEEKLY CROP AND PEST REPORT

The Crop and Pest Report is full of sound advice from NDSU Extension specialists and this week’s report is no different. If you are not subscribed, I highly encourage it.  Once a week on Thursdays, you will receive the report right to your email.

In this week’s CPR:

- To ensure it gets done

-  Sampling prior to tillage is beneficial in 0-6 samples

- He may put your mind at ease in explaining a ‘sampling date adjustment’.  So go out, and get your sampling done now, instead of waiting until October.

NDSU EXTENSION AGRIBUSINESS RELEASES MONTHLY E-NEWSLETTER

Agriculture by the Numbers is a monthly publication focused on current issues facing the region's agricultural economy. In this month's edition, hear from NDSU Extension economic specialists on the estimated impact of COVID-19 on North Dakota corn farmers' income, the potential impact of a cancelled football season on the U.S. meat industry, risks to domestic crop supply chains resulting from COVID-19 and more. Subscribe to Agriculture By the Numbers today. Read the August Newsletter: NDSU Extension Agriculture By the Numbers; August 2020  

ONLINE EXPO - AUGUST 11-13; UPPER MIDWEST AGRICULTURE SAFETY AND HEALTH CENTER (UMASH)

Agriculture ranks among the most hazardous industries- which is why UMASH is bringing farm safety straight to your home. Learn more about this year’s UMASH Online Expo: A 20/20 Look at Ag Health, Safety and Wellness on August 11-13.  #UMASHExpo

http://umash.umn.edu/umash-online-expo/

The zoom to participate in speakers/demos is here. Registration is not required, but you will need to enter identifying information upon joining.

 

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