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ND Dry Bean Variety Trail Results for 2012

North Dakota Dry Bean Variety Trial Results for 2012 and Selection Guide - A654

Dry edible beans have been a significant crop in eastern and east-central North Dakota during the past decade.

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ND and SD Sunflower Trial Results 2013

North Dakota and South Dakota Sunflower Hybrid Trial Results for 2013 and Selection Guide - A652

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.

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ND & SD Sunflower Hybrid Trial Results for 2012

North Dakota and South Dakota Sunflower Hybrid Trial Results for 2012 and Selection Guide - A652

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.

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ND Soybean Variety Trails Results for 2012 and Selection Guide

North Dakota Soybean Variety Trial Results for 2012 and Selection Guide - A843-2012

Soybean variety selection should be based on maturity, yield, seed quality, lodging, iron-deficiency chlorosis tolerance and disease reaction. Later-maturing varieties tend to yield more than early maturing varieties when evaluated at the same location. After determining a suitable maturity for the farm, comparing yields of varieties that are of similar maturity is important. Although late maturity increases yield potential, later-maturing cultivars are more risky to grow than earlier-maturing varieties because an early fall frost may kill a late-maturing variety before the beans have completely filled in the pods, which will reduce yield greatly.

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Feeding Barley to Sheep

Feeding Barley to Sheep - AS1624

Barley is a useful feedstuff for sheep. It contains a similar level of energy and higher level than corn. Barley is an excellent supplement to ewe diets during late gestation and lactation or when forage quality is low. Similarly, barley is a good grain source for lamb finishing; however, better feed management may be needed because it tends to ferment more rapidly than corn.

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