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.

Thrifty Thursday: Mexican Style Pizzas

Everyone loves pizza, and these Mexican-style pizzas use a flour tortilla in place of a crust. Using a flour tortilla is a great way to put together a complete meal that can be assembled in just a few minutes. Beans are also used on the pizza for a great, low-cost source of plant-based protein.
 

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.

Mexico Approves the USMCA

On Wednesday, the Mexico Senate approved the U.S.-Mexico-Canada Agreement by a vote of 114 to 4. Mexico is the first of three countries to ratify the trade deal. Now, all eyes are on Canada and the U.S. to approve the agreement. An implementation bill has been introduced in the Canadian Parliament. Earlier this week, U.S. Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer said Democratic concerns with labor and environmental provisions in the USMCA can “be sorted out quickly.”

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.

Weekly Dry Bean Market News

According to USDA’s Weekly Market News, trading activity remains slow for dry edible beans with very light demand. Contract product is moving steady. Grower prices for all classes of dry beans remain unchanged from one week ago.
 

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.