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April 23, 2012 Agricultural Column


The weather sounds really good, for this upcoming week,  however the temperatures are almost lower now than they were back in March.  Producers will be planting away this week and looks like it should be a great week of planting with possibly a little hick-up Tuesday night (chance of rain).  Planting intentions have been changing a little with the higher prices of Soybeans; however other commodities are looking good too, to include edible beans.

Soybean inoculant: should or should we not

We are way to early to planting soybeans but food for thought when you get to that stage of planting in May.  The Carrington Research/Extension Center has done research for 13 years and have concluded that inoculating your soybeans before planting shows a 2.1 bu/A and 0.9% protein advantage with inoculation vs. the untreated check. Note that the inoculant average/year includes numerous treatments and the majority of trials were conducted on ground without prior soybean production.

 Tractor Safety School

Tractor safety school has not been held for several years due to the retirement of the instructor (George  Mahr).  Prior to his retirement he had taught the school for many years and had given young farm workers the expertise to help on the farm, at a young age. 

Who Can Attend Tractor Safety School?


Tractor Safety School is designed for youth ages 14-15. If a youth is 13 and will be having his/her 14th birthday within a few weeks of training, they may attend training (they will receive their certificate on their 14th birthday). Youth do not need to be a 4-H member to attend.

Completion of the course will allow youth to operate farm equipment on a farm other than the family farm.

The Tractor Safety course will teach youth:

 Rules of the road

 How to read an operator’s manual

 How to operate large and small tractors

 Youth will have hands on operating

 Obstacle courses to simulate actual farm situations


Tractor Safety School will be held at the Carrington Research Center and lodging will be at the Cobblestone Inn & Suites, Carrington. Cost of the camp is $125 to cover the cost of lodging and food. Participants must register to Oliver County Extension (PO Box 166, Center, ND 58530) by May 21st. Confirmation and camp forms will be mailed to registrants. Camp forms need to be completed and returned to Rick Schmidt at camp check in.  The camp will be held MAY 30-June 1.


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