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Can you trust a website? - Forums for Gardeners - Wheat Midge Populations

Published March 15, 2015
Can you trust a website? - Forums for Gardeners - Wheat Midge Populations

Gardening

Can You Trust a Website?

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics conducted a “trends” study in 2011 and found that television, magazines and the Internet were the top information source for nutrient and health information.  Physicians, dietitians and others with health-related training were much less likely to be named.  Prior to the Wheat Show I did not pay much attention to media information that focused on human nutrition.  I am more interested in balanced and economical diets of beef cattle.

However, during the Wheat Show I learned a lot about gluten-free diets and how some information sources are quite misleading in that gluten containing foods affects only certain people, not the entire population.

So, if you desire to make some changes to improve your “information” health, or in your diet I draw your attention to a special class being hosted by the Williams County Extension Office and North Dakota State University.  This class will take place Tuesday, March 17 at the Broadway Commons Conference Room, 302 E. Broadway in Williston.

This class is part of NDSU Extensions Nourishing Boomers and Beyond program which is designed to provide rural North Dakotans age 50 and older with information and strategies to reduce their risk of developing chronic diseases.  However, any adult can benefit from the information.

Forums For Gardeners

Staff of the North Dakota State University are also offering a series of forums to gardeners across the state.  A team of 12 university experts will present information on timely topics in gardening and landscaping.  In Williston the forums will be held at the Williston Research Extension Center located approximately 4 miles west of town.  In Tioga, the forums will be held in the Pinnacle meeting room.  The forums will be held Monday and Tuesday nights, March 23, 24, 30 and 31 from 6:30 – 8:30 CDT.  Presentations will be broadcast before live audiences in Fargo and to other sites via interactive video network.  Gardeners may also participate online on home computers.

Contact Kim Halloway at 701-774-4315 for information on the Williston event.  For the Tioga forum contact Mary Froelich at 701-577-4595.  Pre-registration is required for both sites.  This can be done at www.ag.ndsu.edu/springfever/.

Wheat Midge Populations

Except for pockets in northwest North Dakota there is a decreased level of overwintering wheat midge larvae across the state for the 2015 season.  The high risk pockets of 800 to 1200 midge larvae per square meter are concentrated in Mountrail and Divide Counties.  Areas with moderate risk of 501-800 midge larvae per square meter are located in only Williams County.

The above numbers were found through a survey of 196 soil samples from 21 counties analyzed by the entomology department of NDSU.  More details and population maps can be found at www.ag.ndsu.edu/williamscountyextension

If an early spring planting occurs (prior to 200 growing degree days for wheat midge) wheat development likely will be ahead of wheat midge emergence, resulting in no damage to the crop.

-Warren Froelich

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