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August 27, 2012 Agriculture Column


Wow the summer season has gone by like a streak and the days are shortening up tremendously fast.  It was only a very short time ago we still had an after 9 pm sun set and now it is much earlier, only a sign that something really bad (snow) is only a few months away.  The small grain harvest (to include Canola) has made great progress and with the weatherman forecast should rap up this week.  Some edible bean harvest has occurred and a lot of the edible beans now nearing desiccation.  The canola yields were a little disappointing this fall but still somewhat respectable considering the summer we have had.  I have been out doing a wheat midge survey and have found many corn fields with dented corn and in the southern part of the county corn is very near completely done.  Growing Degree Days (Crary NDawn Station) is now at 1856 units (based on a May 1 start date) with a past history average of 1689.  The more units also signify a warmer summer growing season than what we have experienced over the past many years.

NDSU Feedlist connects buyers and sellers

NDSU’s free service helps connect producers who need livestock feed with those who have it.

Farmers and ranchers who have feedstuff such as hay or corn for sale can list it on North

Dakota State University’s FeedList website, which is designed to connect feed sellers and buyers.

Producers also may list pasture they have for rent. Feed List, at http://www.ag.ndsu.edu/feedlist,

shows what each seller has for sale, how the feed is stored (large round bales, small bales, etc.) and the seller’s contact information. Prospective buyers can select what they want to buy and contact the sellers. Using FeedList is free of charge. North Dakota producers who want to buy or

have feed to sell should contact their county Extension Service office to have the information

added to FeedList. Out-of-state buyers and sellers can use an online form to submit their information.

Buyers and sellers who no longer need FeedList’s services should contact their county

Extension office or the FeedList coordinator, Linda McCaw, at linda.mccaw@ndsu.edu to have the entry removed. The FeedList website also has links to similar services in other states and information on needed and available feedlots and truckers for hire. Unusually dry conditions have been a problem in North Dakota since August or September 2011.  Plus, freezing  temperatures in May 2012 injured growing alfalfa plants, and the alfalfa weevil is plaguing the area. FeedList has been available during feed shortages since the late 1970s.

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