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February 14, 2011 Agriculture Column


Wow!! Isn’t this weather greattttttt!~!!  It helps make up for the ugly weather we have been having.  It does however; concern me what might be lurching in the future.  This does remind me of our annual Ramsey County Crop Improvement meeting February 23, at the K.C. Hall.  The day will begin at 9 am with coffee and donuts, 9:30 am. Jeremy Peterson (North Central Research Center agronomist) will visit about pre-harvest burn down of seed production and how the seed is affected by that application.  Leon Osborne (Meridian Technology) will talk about the upcoming year weather.  It does scare me a little as he was to accurate, last year, for my liking.  We will begin the annual meeting at approximately 11:15 and commodity elections will begin at 11:30.  Commodities that need a representative include Canola, Soybeans and Dry Pea.  If you have grown any of these crops last year and plan on growing any of these crops this you are eligible to hold that particular commodity directorship.  The annual meeting should adjourn about noon and conclude with a crop improvement sponsored dinner.  The Research Foundation has not released any new varieties as they are waiting federal approval for naming and the Research Director determination if the release will benefit area producers.  Unfortunately, upon notification of a release, we will not have a long turnover period, so if you are interested in possibly growing an increase lot for Ramsey County Crop Improvement.  It would look like if we get any new increase it would be a wheat line, experimental 808.  This wheat is very similar to Faller with very slight changes in lodging, maturity, similar yield, and a very slight disease package advantage.  All in all, a choice for something new but not earth shattering.

I have been getting phone calls about the deer population attacking the local spruce trees.  It is a very difficult situation for the deer this winter because of the already length and the amount of snow cover, limiting available food source.  I have heard of some folks feeding the deer and that can be beneficial and disadvantageous.  Feeding  would help keep the deer herd healthy but does draw the herd to your farmstead or yard creating the desire for browse on your spruce trees.  There is really no clear cut was that will satisfactorily keep deer out of your spruce trees.  A suggestion I have is find some netting and wrap around the tree.  Tie the wrap to the tree using plastic ties.  If the deer have been attacking your tree there is not much we can do to replenish the old needles.  Once needles are destroyed, from any source, they will not grow back.  I would suggest chopping off the lower branches up to the level of good healthy branches.  The question has been asked if new branches will grow back and the answer is yes they will however your tree will look very lopsided and never catch up to the others.



Feb. 15                        Commercial Fumigation, Devils Lake, IVN

Feb. 16                        Dakota Cow/Calf Clinics

            Feb 23                         Ramsey County Crop Improvement Annual meeting, KC Hall  

            Mar. 2-3                      Eastern  Crop Scout School, Fargo

            Mar. 8                          Pesticide training, Hampden, 6 P.M.

            April 5                          Pesticide training, Devils Lake, 6 P.M.


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