Crop Insurance Flexibilities Added

USDA’s Risk Management Agency is authorizing self-certification on replant inspections and waiving witness signatures in certain situations as part of a broader suite of flexibilities to support producers during the coronavirus pandemic.
 
Specifically, Approved Insurance Providers may allow the use of self-certification replant inspections for certain crops with 100 gross acres (before considering share) per unit in lieu of 50 acres, and they may waive the witness signature requirement for approval of Assignment of Indemnity through July 15, 2020, for applicable crop years. Get the full details.

NDSU Extension to Host Dry Bean Webinar

Farmers and crop advisers will have an opportunity to receive dry bean production and market updates during a ‘Getting-it-Right’ webinar that North Dakota State University Extension is conducting. The webinar date and time period are Wednesday, April 15 from 9:30 a.m. to noon.
 
NDSU Extension, with support by Northarvest Bean Growers Association, conducted a live, full-day dry bean workshop at two locations in northeast ND in late January. “The educational event was well-received and valued by participants indicated by written evaluations”, according to Greg Endres, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist.
 
“This webinar will provide more concise presentations to reach additional dry bean producers and managers with research-based production recommendations for 2020,” says Ryan Buetow, NDSU Extension cropping systems specialist, who is providing technical support of the webinar.
 
The dry bean webinar subjects that will be covered live by NDSU Extension crop specialists are:
  • Market types and variety review, and plant growth stages – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Recommendations for selected plant establishment factors – Endres
  • Soil considerations and plant nutrition – Dave Franzen, Extension soils specialist
  • Disease management – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Weed management – Joe Ikley, Extension weed science specialist
  • Market update – Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist
 
Preregister for the webinar: https://tinyurl.com/NDSUdrybean
 
To join the webinar, go to https://tinyurl.com/jointhedrybeanwebinar. You should log in a few minutes before the start of the webinar because it will begin promptly at 9:30 a.m.
 
The webinars will be recorded. Speakers can be contacted later to answer questions that result from the webinar. Certified Crop Adviser continuing education credits will be available.

Dry Bean Plantings Estimated to Rise

According to the USDA Prospective Planting report, U.S. farmers intend to plant 1.37 million acres of dry edible beans in 2020. That is up 7 percent from the previous year’s 1.29 million acres. Planted area is expected to be above last year in all estimating states except California. Minnesota farmers intend to plant 215,000 acres of dry beans in 2020. That is an increase from 210,000 acres the previous growing season. In North Dakota, dry bean planting intentions are also expected to increase with USDA estimates coming in at 650,000 acres. When compared to 2019, that is an increase of 6 percent from 615,000 acres

Dry Bean Scene

Farmers are planning for the 2020 crop. Leeds, North Dakota farmer Eric Jorgenson says despite some challenges, the outlook for dry beans remains positive. Get the details in the latest Dry Bean Scene from the Northarvest Bean Growers Association on the Red River Farm Network.

Dry Bean Scene

The wet weather in 2019 had a major impact on dry bean production in the Northern Plains. Despite the ups and downs, farmers remain optimistic ahead of the 2020 planting season. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

As the 2020 growing season nears, farmers should be thinking about resistance weed management strategies. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Bean Growers Association.

Tips for Working Safely Around Stored Grain

After a tough harvest, grain bin safety is top of mind when moving less than ideal grain out of a bin. Upper Midwest Ag Safety and Health Center outreach coordinator Megan Schossow is seeing a higher than usual number of grain bin and silo incidents “In the event someone has to enter a grain bin, it’s critical farmers don’t go in alone,” says Schossow. “Work in pairs so if something happens there is someone to get help. Also, lock out and tag out every time.” More tips for safely working around stored grain can be found here.

Dry Bean Scene

As the 2020 growing season nears, farmers should be thinking about resistance weed management strategies. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

The latest dry bean production, yield and acreage numbers were released in the February USDA Crop Production report. Get those numbers in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

USDA Forecasts Near Average 2020 Net Farm Income

USDA is forecasting 2020 net farm income to increase 3.3 percent compared to 2019. Net farm income is expected to hit $96.7 billion in 2020, an increase of $3.1 billion compared to 2019. However, USDA expects 2020 net cash farm income to be down nine percent to $109.6 billion. Total direct government payments to the farm are expected to decrease $8.7 billion in 2020 to $14.98 billion. View the report here.