Grower Survey to Assess Herbicide Drift Damage in the North Central U.S.

Dicamba and 2,4-D drift have made headlines in recent years, but no study to-date has attempted to quantify the overall impact that herbicide drift has on growers of fruits, vegetables and other specialty crops.
A special project group of the North Central Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Center is conducting a survey this winter to gather information on herbicide drift damage and risk-management among specialty crop growers in the North Central U.S. Responses will help establish needs for research on drift mechanisms, prevention, and remediation; and/or for reviewing current policy and reporting requirements.
This survey is:
  • open to growers of fruits, vegetables, or other specialty crops in OH, IN, MI, WI, MN, IA, MO, KS, NE, ND, and SD.
  • intended to document the risk, frequency, management, and economic impact of drift damage among specialty crop growers in the region.
  • needed to establish herbicide drift as a serious economic and regulatory concern in [your state] and across the North Central U.S.
  • estimated to take 5-20 minutes, depending on your experience with drift damage.
  • facilitated by The Ohio State University and funded by the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture through agreement 2018-70006-28884.
Growers can complete the survey at Find additional information at

QLA Program Signup Period Extended

USDA has extended the Quality Loss Adjustment program enrollment deadline to Friday, April 9th. The original deadline was set for today. At this point, more than 8,100 applications have been filed. Payments will be made after the application period ends. Listen to an exclusive Red River Farm Network interview with USDA Farm Service Agency Associate Administrator Steve Peterson.

NDSU Extension Releases Planning Price Projections

Planning for the future can be a very frustrating process, especially in times of market volatility. However, planning typically pays high dividends. For most farm and ranch managers, developing realistic commodity price expectations is one of the most difficult and complex tasks of the planning process.
To make the planning process easier, NDSU Extension has released its 2021 short- and long-term agricultural planning price projections for North Dakota. The publication shows 2021 price projections for crops and livestock produced in the state and price estimates for future years.
The estimated short-term planning prices should be used as a guide in setting price expectations for 2021 production. These planning prices can be used for preparing annual enterprise budgets and annual whole-farm cash flow projections. Cash flow projections are very critical with today’s tight margins.
Short-term prices should not be used for planning capital purchases or expansion alternatives that would extend beyond the next production year.The “Plotting a Course 2021” publication (EC1090) is available online at or by contacting your NDSU Extension county office

Dry Bean Projected Prices Released for 2021 CY

USDA’s Risk Management Agency (RMA) has approved the 2021 Crop Year (CY) projected prices for Yield Protection, Revenue Protection and Revenue Protection with Harvest Price Exclusion plans of insurance. The projected prices and volatility factors are applicable for the states, crops and types. Projected Prices and Volatility Factors apply to Supplemental Coverage Option (SCO) and Enhanced Coverage Option (ECO).
RMA is also providing additional projected prices for selected dry bean types where the Dry Bean Revenue Endorsement (DBRE) and Dry Pea Revenue Endorsement (DPRE) do not offer coverage for price movement. Per the Special Provisions, the additional projected price shall be the basis for the premium determination and settlement of claims.

USDA Announces March Lending Rate for Agricultural Producers

USDA announced loan interest rates for March 2021, which were effective March 1. Interest rates for Operating and Ownership Loans are as follows:
FSA also offers guaranteed loans through commercial lenders at rates set by those lenders. You can find out which of these loans may be right for you by using our Farm Loan Discovery Tool.
FSA provides low-interest financing to producers to build or upgrade on-farm storage facilities and purchase handling equipment. FSA also offers commodity loans that provide interim financing to help producers meet cash flow needs without having to sell their commodities when market prices are low. Funds for these loans are provided through the Commodity Credit Corporation (CCC) and administered by FSA.
Producers can explore available options on all FSA loan options at or by contacting your local USDA Service Center.

Dry Bean Scene

Farmers are finalizing acreage decisions for the 2021 planting season. For farmers considering planting dry beans, NDSU Extension’s Greg Endres says the profit potential certainly is there. Get the full details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Another Ag Outlook Forum in the Books

USDA’s oldest and largest gathering, the Agriculture Outlook Forum, took place virtually February 18 and 19. During the Forum, the Chief Economist unveiled USDA’s Outlook for the domestic agricultural economy and trade for the year. Forum sessions explored a wide range of current and emerging topics in agriculture relating to global trade, innovations in agriculture, developments in animal and crop biotechnology and commodity markets. An exhibit hall showcased resources from USDA agencies and private organizations.
View resources from the forum.

Dry Bean Scene

Soybean cyst nematode is not just a problem in soybeans, it can also be a problem in dry beans. Learn more from NDSU Extension plant pathologist Sam Markell in the Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network. This weekly program is made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Dry Bean Scene

Data is now available for dry bean variety trial results from NDSU Extension. Learn more from Extension agronomist Hans Kandel in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

“Getting It Right” Dry Bean Webinar Held

Farmers and crop advisers had the opportunity to receive dry edible bean production information during a virtual “Getting It Right” meeting that NDSU Extension held this past Tuesday, February 2.
The subjects that were covered and presenters included:
  • Market types and variety review – Hans Kandel, Extension agronomist
  • Recommendations for selected plant establishment factors – Greg Endres, Extension cropping systems specialist
  • Soil considerations and plant nutrition – Dave Franzen, Extension soil science specialist
  • Insect management – Janet Knodel, Extension entomologist
  • Disease management – Sam Markell, Extension plant pathologist
  • Weed management – Joe Ikley, Extension weed specialist
Also during the program, Mitch Coulter, Northarvest executive director, provided an update from the organization. In addition, a prerecorded video that provides a dry bean market update by Frayne Olson, Extension crops economist, was available.
Videos from the webinar are posted online at: