The NDSU small grain disease forecasting model website predicts the risk of infection for tan spot, septoria leaf blotch and leaf rust of wheat, as well as Fusarium head blight (scab). The risk of infection is based on weather data from North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network locations. A user of the website choses the NDAWN site of interest and the crop growth stage to get the forecast.
With prevented planting (PP) more common throughout North Dakota this year, using cover crops to prepare the land for next year is a desirable option. Cover crops can be single plant species or a mixture of several species – it depends on your goals. The obvious reason for using cover crops in PP situations is to use up excess water, but other reasons and benefits of cover crop use should be noted.
It is that time of year when NDSU Research Extension Centers across the state hold their annual field days. Field days are a chance for researchers and Extension faculty to share information on topics such as: ■ New crop varieties ■ Better production methods ■ Weed control ■ Soil health ■ Grazing intensity ■ Cattle nutrition and genetic disorders ■ Irrigation ■ Manure management ■ Precision agriculture ■ Biofuel development
During a wet spring, wheat plants may become yellow. This is usually due to a nitrogen deficiency, but not always. If the plants are examined when the yellowing begins to develop, it is often possible to determine if the deficiency is due to a shortage of nitrogen, sulfur or iron by the appearance and location of the symptoms on the plant.
In an effort to get crops in quickly, small grain growers may be thinking about forgoing seed treatments and plant a higher population instead. How much of a risk are you willing to take in choosing fungicide seed treatments versus high plant populations? Knowledge of the land and yield expectations will help decide the type of risks you are willing to take.
Each season brings new challenges and pest problems in crop production. One way to stay informed and effectively manage any problem is to sign up for the weekly “Crop and Pest Report.” Each issue from May to September contains valuable information about insect and disease problems, pest alerts, integrated pest management strategies, pesticide updates, agronomy and fertility issues, horticulture problems, reports from the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Laboratory and a weather outlook. Also, please "like" the "Crop and Pest Report" on Facebook.
Noxious weeds tend to grow aggressively, multiply quickly without natural controls, and adversely affect native habitats, croplands and fauna. Most noxious weeds were introduced into an ecosystem by ignorance, mismanagement or accident. Occasionally some noxious weeds are native to an area.
Why are minerals important? What happens if cattle don’t get enough of a particular mineral or too much? While varying mineral levels may not have the immediate impact of a major shift in energy or protein levels, the long-term effects on animal health, longevity and growth are significant.
In 2013, corn hybrid trials were conducted by NDSU research and Extension personnel throughout North Dakota. The hybrids were planted in replicated plots in each location. However, plot size, number of replications and experimental design varied by location. The 2013 growing season started out wet and cold, so planting significantly lagged behind the long-term average. Also, conditions were dry during July and August, causing drought stress that negatively impacted yield.
The 2014 Sugar Beet Production Guide offers a plan for profitable sugar beet production. The guide provides useful information to assist growers in making timely management decisions on weed control, soil fertility, insect and disease control, and most other aspects of sugar beet production in Minnesota and North Dakota.