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The Japanese beetle, Popillia japonica Newman, belongs to the insect family Scarabaeidae. It is a highly destructive plant pest that feeds on more than 300 host plants, including field crops (especially corn and soybeans), ornamental trees and shrubs, garden flowers and vegetables, and turf (lawns, pastures and golf courses). Some of the preferred host plants of adult beetles found in North Dakota are rose, apple, black cherry, cherry, flowering crabapple, plum, grapes, hollyhock, blackberry, raspberry, linden, elm and buckeye. Grubs are found primarily in the root zones of grasses.
Field pea fits well into small-grain rotations. The green- and yellow-seeded varieties are used for human consumption as dry split peas. Field peas also are used as protein concentrates for livestock and pigeon feeds. In North Dakota, pea yields are similar to hard red spring wheat yields
Dry edible beans have been a significant crop in eastern and east-central North Dakota during the past decade.
The North Dakota and South Dakota Sunflower Hybrid Trial Results provide producers with data on sunflower hybrid performance throughout ND and SD and gives information about yield and oil content and other traits needed for accurate selection of sunflower hybrids for agricultural production in ND.
In North Dakota, an estimated 840,000 acres of sunflowers were harvested in 2012. This was an increase of 279,000 acres, compared with 2011. Table 1 contains acreage data for the past 13 years as reported by the North Dakota Agricultural Statistics Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture.