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December 3, 2012 Agriculture Column

Howdy!!!

What a way to start the work week.  Unfortunately my week will be spent indoors at various meetings.  I have seen many people out ice fishing and it certainly has given me the bug to get going but as I GET  older I find myself in not too much of a hurry.  The thought of wet and cold is not appealing.  PLEASE be safe when on the ice, it has always been my biggest fear.  I had some friends fishing, Saturday, near Brainard Mn. and found some very thin ice.  Lets’ say not good, fortunately no one got hurt.

Lake Region Extension Roundup

This upcoming planting season, like all other planting seasons, has many uncertainties to include: weather, markets, new farm bill, input costs, land rents and values and lastly your own thoughts and strategies of what to plant.  You will be able to listen to all of those topics at this years’ Lake Region Extension Roundup.  We will have a new person addressing the weather outlook this year.  His name is Drew Lerner (World Weather, Inc).  He is the featured weather personality on the Red River Farm Network.  Be sure to come and listen what he has to say as he will be the featured speaker the first day of Roundup.  Mike Krueger (Money Farm) will conclude Roundup, the second day, with his take on the markets and what he thinks 2013 will hold for you and your business.  We will have an opportunity for you to listen to NDSU Extension Economists talk about land values and rents both days, as that has really been a hot topic this year.

Resistant weeds

I attended a workshop, last week, and if the topic of resistance weeds does not have you worried you had better get worried.  We have some real issues coming up and the real hard truth is they are all around us.  I think a question that could affect your farming operation for ever is the question of are you willing to try new herbicides and herbicide rotations in your business.  I really believe that you need to be very proative about herbicide rotations and the use of a preplant herbicide to break the continuous mode of action of Glyphosate.  It would be terrible if we would totally lose the effectiveness of roundup and the ease of application but we are very close to have that happening in kochia, wild oats, lambsquarter, waterhemp, Ragweed and even red root pigweed.  You DO NEED TO START THINKING OF STRATEGIES THAT WILL HELP YOU MANAGE THESE HARD TO KILL WEEDS.  Lets say that you are looking at a piece of ground to rent or buy and after the fact you have found resistance, what are you going to do or how are you going to manage a crop that relies so heavily on Glyphosate?  BE THINKING!!!

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Jan. 8-9                 Lake Region Extension Roundup

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