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Volume 33, Issue 10 | August 13th , 2020


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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:

  • Grasshoppers Increasing— Grasshoppers are still in the area, and adults will consume more.  As CRP, pasture and small grains dry down or are harvested, be on the lookout for them to move into row crops.  I have seen grasshoppers continue to stay active in perennial pastures, CRP and field margins.
  • Leaf discoloration in Corn - There are several leaf spots of corn in the United States and can be caused by pathogens, herbicide injury, physiological, environment, insects or genetic flecking. This short article covers a number of spots that may appear on the leaf, and how to decipher between similar symptoms.  
  • Planting Winter Wheat on Prevent Plant Acres— helpful tips on planting winter wheat this fall from Joel Ransom
  • Interseeding winter camelina and rye into soybean at R6—Extension Broadleaf Agronomist, Hans Kandel and research assistant Kory Johnson discuss their findings in this practice that is uncommon but being looked at, of interseeding crop into soybean during reproductive stages.


USDA has extended the deadline for the CFAP and is accepting applications through September 11.  Those who have applied should be getting their full payments soon if they haven’t already. Visit https://www.farmers.gov/cfap to see what crop and livestock are eligible and to see what is needed to apply.  More commodities have been made eligible including all sheep.


This week, I’ve been attending an online virtual expo, hosted by the Upper Midwest Agricultural Safety and Health Center (UMASH) out of Minnesota. The center has been an excellent partner to NDSU Extension and their Expo has been full of great talks on rural wellness, live safety demos and endless resources available at their exhibitor booths.

As we move closer to harvest, it’s a good time to keep safety in mind:

  • Wear ear protection. For example Grain augers, grain vacs, grain dryers and tractors with no cab are rated around 82-100 decibels.  It only takes 15 minutes at 100 decibels to cause damage to hearing.  8 hours at 85 decibels can damage hearing.  Check out this brochure by the CDC and NIOSH for more information on protecting your ears. Be even more cautious to protect the ears of children. Hearing damage is irreversible!
  • Shut off equipment when needing to do maintenance. It’s not worth risking your life or a limb. Read producer testimonial on the NDSU Farm Safety Website.
  • A large percentage of drivers are not familiar with driving farm equipment or trucks. Be mindful of their safety and yours as you travel on public roads. Rick Schmidt, Oliver County Extension Agent has put together a short series of videos addressing Road Safety.
  • Always be equipped with proper personal protective equipment (PPE).  Wear the right mask for the right task.
  • If there are youth working on your farm, make sure they are working with age appropriate tasks. Keep youth away from chemicals/pesticides and out of grain bins full of grain.
  • Always make sure workers are trained before they hop onto equipment they haven’t run before.
  • Talk about safety with your family and others you work with. Make sure everyone knows safety is a priority. 
  • Practice good hygiene and encourage face masks when appropriate as we are still in the midst of a pandemic.
  • Check out UMASH and NDSU Extension Farm Safety Pages for more resources


Final note, Rob and I got married in July! We had a nice ceremony in downtown Grand Forks surrounded by our immediate families.  Things certainly look different during a pandemic, but we couldn’t have asked for a more beautiful day. My last name is changing from Hain to Landeis.


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