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NDSU Crop and Pest Report

The seventh issue of the NDSU Extension Crop & Pest Report for 2021 has been released. Topics featured in this week’s edition are:
  • Insect Scouting
  • Disease Control
  • Splash Damage
  • Blister Beetles
  • Conditions Around the State
  • Weather Forecast

NDSU Crop and Pest Report

The sixth issue of the NDSU Extension Crop & Pest Report for 2021 has been released. Topics featured in this week’s edition are:
  • Insect Scouting
  • Disease Control
  • Plant Stress
  • Grasshopper Update
  • Weed Control in Difficult Conditions
  • Post-emergence Herbicide Applications
  • Conditions Around the State
  • Weather Forecast

NDSU Crop and Pest Report

The fifth issue of the NDSU Extension Crop & Pest Report for 2021 has been released. Topics featured in this week’s edition are:
  • Insect Scouting
  • Disease Control
  • Frost Damage
  • Conditions Around the State
  • Weather Forecast

NDSU Crop and Pest Report – May 20, 2021

The fourth issue of the NDSU Extension Crop & Pest Report for 2021 has been released. Topics featured in this week’s edition are:
  • Early Season Grasshopper Emergence
  • Disease
  • Weeds
  • Topsoil Loss
  • Conditions Around the State
  • Weather Forecast

NDSU Crop and Pest Report – May 13, 2021

The third issue of the Crop & Pest Report has been released. Featured in this week’s edition are:
 
  • Entomology
  • Plant Science
  • Plant Pathology
  • Soils
  • Weeds
  • Around the State
  • Weather Summary/Outlook
 

Dry Bean Scene

As farmers select their fields for dry bean planting, NDSU Extension soil specialist Dave Franzen says to watch for salinity issues when making those decisions. Hear more in the latest Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.
 

2020 Dry Bean Grower Survey Highlights

The 2020 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use provides important data on dry bean production, pest problems and pesticide use in Minnesota and North Dakota. Research and Extension faculty at North Dakota State University, along with directors of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association (NHBGA), develop the survey form.

Survey respondents provided information on over 146,000 dry bean acres in 2020, which represents nearly 14% of the 1.1 million acres planted in the Northarvest area.

In 2020, the two most popular varieties by class were:

  • Pinto: 1. Monterrey 2. Vibrant (slow-darkening)
  • Black: 1. Eclipse 2. Black Tails
  • Kidney: 1. Montcalm 2. Dynasty
  • Navy: 1. HMS Medalist 2. T-9905
  • Pink: 1. Floyd 2. Rosetta
  • Small Red: 1. Ruby 2. Merlot
  • Cranberry: 1. Etna 2. N/A
  • Great Northern: 1. Pegasus 2. Draco

More than 80% of growers used a soil test prior to fertilizer application, and 29.8% used site-specific nutrient management. Rhizobium inoculant use likely reflects the frequency of dry beans within a crop rotation system. In 2020, 23.5% of growers used inoculant.

Frost was the most commonly reported production problem and affected 22% of the surveyed Northarvest acreage. Growers reported an average yield loss of 14.7% due to frost damage. Water damage and diseases were the next most commonly reported production problems.

For pests, 41% of reported acres had no insect problems. For dry bean acres that experienced insect problems, grasshoppers (44%) were the most frequently reported followed by leafhoppers (29.3%) and cutworms (10.6%).

White mold was the most commonly reported disease, affecting 49.7% of dry bean acres, while common bacterial blight was reported on 19.6% of dry bean acres and root rot on 5.1% of dry bean acres. No disease problems were reported on 13.6% of dry bean acres. At least one foliar fungicide application was applied to 89% of dry bean acres.

Kochia was the most commonly occurring weed and was reported on 22.8% of dry bean acres. Ragweed (19%), lambsquarters (17.3%) and waterhemp (10.1%) were the next most common weeds. While herbicide use is the most important weed control tactic, several growers incorporate non-herbicide weed control strategies. Cultivation was used by 20.9% of growers, cover crops by 7.7%, manual labor by 7.7%, and rotary hoe by 4.7%.

A grant from NHBGA funded the survey, including a grand prize drawing for participants who responded to the survey. This year, Wade Hanson of Crookston, Minnesota won the $500 drawing.

Dry Bean Scene

As farmers prepare to plant the 2021 crop, they remain optimistic about the dry bean market outlook. That message came from NDSU Extension crops economist Frayne Olson during BeanCon21. Hear more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

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 http://bit.ly/PlottingACourse2021 or by contacting your NDSU Extension county office