ND Dicamba Application Deadline is June 30

With the spraying season underway, the North Dakota Department of Agriculture is reminding farmers and applicators of the Special Local Needs label for use of dicamba. Only those certified can apply FeXapan, XtendiMax and Engenia herbicides over the top, with application allowed one hour after sunrise to two hours before sunset. The label allows for spraying in North Dakota up to June 30 or R1 stage, whichever comes first.

Dry Bean Scene

As a result of one hot and windy day, dry bean growers in northeastern North Dakota did replant some of the crop. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Severe Drought Reported in Northern ND

Portions of northern North Dakota have moved into the severe drought. This is the first time this year these counties have been in the D2 or severe drought category. According to the U.S. Drought Monitor, the northern tier of counties is reporting delayed crop growth, poor pasture conditions and an increase in the culling of cattle herds. The northern half of North Dakota and extreme northwest Minnesota are dealing with abnormally dryness and moderate drought.

USDA Moves Up Cover Crop Haying and Grazing Date

USDA’s Risk Management Agency has moved up the date for farmers and ranchers to start haying and grazing cover crops on prevent plant acres to September 1. The adjustment was made due to this year’s late planting season and forage shortages, with the previous date for grazing and haying being November 1.
Producers who use cover crops for silage, haylage or baling will remain eligible for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity. RMA Administrator Martin Barbre says the adjustments are only made for 2019. The agency is evaluating the prudence of a permanent adjustment moving forward.
Full details can be found here.

Censky Meets with MN Farmers

USDA Deputy Secretary of Agriculture Stephen Censky came back to his home state of Minnesota and met with state farm leaders on Tuesday. States like Minnesota and North Dakota, which are more dependent on exports, will see that reflected in the new Market Facilitation Program payments.

“It is based on the calculated impacts on trade per commodity.” says Censky. “That is totaled up together with all the commodities within a county, including how much is produced in each county, and that will determine the county rate. So yes, there will be differences between counties.” The country rate structure has not been announced and that may not happen until after the Farm Service Agency certifies acreage in mid-July. “Our goal is have it available right around or shortly after the USDA acreage report.”

New Study on Weeds and Yield Loss in Dry Beans

The Weed Science Society of America completed a study on the impact of weed control on dry beans grown in the U.S. and Canada. Dry bean data was collected for a ten year period between 2007 and 2016. Researchers found that 71 percent of the crop would be lost if weeds were left uncontrolled, resulting in a cost to growers of about $722 million annually. The most troublesome weeds include common lambsquarters and kochia, as well as species of pigweed and nightshade.
Further data from the WSSA crop-loss study is available here.

USDA Crop Progress – June 17

Dry bean planting in North Dakota is at 96 percent, compared to 89 percent last week. Emergence is at 80 percent, behind 88 percent last year and near 82 percent average. In Minnesota, dry bean planting is at 96 percent, compared to 87 percent last week. Emergence is at 76 percent, behind 90 percent last year and 86 percent average.
USDA is reporting 98 percent of Montana dry beans are planted and 68 percent emerged. Eighty-nine percent of the crop is planted in Idaho and 62 percent emerged. In Oregon, planting is at 83 percent with 71 percent emergence, and 97 percent of dry beans are planted with 88 percent emergence in Washington.
Wyoming dry bean farmers have 75 percent of the crop planted and 45 percent is emerged. Planting is at 41 percent in Colorado and 13 percent emergence. The Michigan dry bean crop is 17 percent planted.
Stay up to date on the latest Crop Progress reports here.

Dry Bean Scene

Dry bean planting in the state of Michigan is behind the average pace. Michigan State University Dry Bean Systems Specialist Scott Bales says conditions have been wet. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible, in part, by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Perdue Promises Trade Assistance as “Quickly as Possible”

While few details are still available, the proposal for USDA’s latest round of Market Facilitation Program payments is currently under review by the Office of Management and Budget. Speaking to reporters in Washington D.C. on Wednesday, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue said the trade assistance will go out to farmers as quickly as possible.

“It more than likely won’t be completed in the next two months, but we’re going to move as quickly as we can. We are not revealing details at this point in time.” One reporter asked if the $16 billion would make farmers whole. Perdue said “the purpose is to make them where they’re able to pay their obligations and be able to produce again the following year.”

Trump Issues Disaster Declaration for MN and ND

President Donald Trump has issued a disaster declaration for North Dakota and Minnesota. The declaration covers winter weather and flooding conditions that occurred in the states, triggering the release of Federal funds for recovery. Nineteen North Dakota counties and 51 Minnesota counties can now access assistance for repair or replacement of disaster-damaged facilities.