Soil Talk Tuesdays

The NDSU Extension Soil Health team has kicked off a new program called Soil Talk Tuesdays. These are live-hosted events that use a panel format to lead the discussion. Participants can hear from specialists, researchers and farmers, along with interacting by entering questions into the Q&A (for the panel) or into the chat box to discuss topics with other participants. The Northarvest Bean Growers Association is a sponsor of this webinar series. View the schedule and get registered here.

Dry Bean Info Shared at Virtual Lake Region Extension Roundup

The 2021 Virtual Lake Region Extension Roundup took place this past week. A wide range of agricultural production topics were offered. Specifically, there were two presentations on dry beans:
Click here to view the recorded version of the zoom from Tuesday, January 5. This recording will be available through Wednesday, January 13.

Look for Dry Bean Grower Surveys in the Mail

The 2020 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use has been mailed. NDSU Extension would appreciate your time and effort to fill out the survey form. This is a cooperative effort between the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and Extension that is made possible through a grant from Northarvest.
Results from this survey are important and provide dry bean growers and invested stakeholders with information about grower practices and pest problems in North Dakota and Minnesota. It also helps identify research and pesticide registration priorities. Survey responses are kept completely anonymous. Plus, you have a chance to win $500 prize drawing if you return a completed survey with your drawing form! 
Here are the results from last year’s dry bean grower survey

NDSU Extension Launches Monthly Marketing Webinar

Agricultural producers, agribusinesses and others who want to know more about current and expected market conditions and their impact on North Dakota’s economy will be able to participate in monthly webinars presented by NDSU Extension.
“While 2020 saw many unprecedented disruptions, current farm financial and commodity market conditions continue to evolve with optimism for the next year and beyond,” says David Ripplinger, NDSU Extension bioproducts/bioenergy economist.
Webinar topics will vary month to month, but each will include coverage of the agricultural economy, farm financial conditions, and crops and livestock markets. Farm program updates also will be covered as they are announced. Participants will have an opportunity to ask questions at the end of each webinar.
To learn more about the webinar series and to register for future webinars, visit Recordings and presentations from completed webinars will be archived on that page.

Dry Bean Scene

Research has been done at the NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center on pinto bean performance with pre-plant rye as a cover crop. Learn more in this week’s Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.

Content from Central Dakota Ag Day Available

NDSU Extension’s Central Dakota Ag Day program was held virtually this year. More than 35 video presentations can be viewed online. The information covers a wide variety of topics, including crops, soils, livestock, precision agriculture, the Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education (SARE) program and agricultural economics and marketing.

Tax Management Program Being Offered

A tax management program will be offered through NDSU Extension to farmers and tax preparers on December 1 via Zoom.
“This program provides an excellent opportunity for agricultural producers and tax preparers to learn and ask questions about tax management alternatives while there is still time to implement year-end tax management decisions,” says Ron Haugen, North Dakota State University Extension farm management specialist.
Experts will provide federal income tax updates and tax management alternatives. Program topics include:
  •  Federal income tax update
  • IRS update
  • Identity theft and breaches
  • Tax management upon retirement
  • Net operating losses, like kind exchanges
  • Drought forced livestock sales
  • Deferred crop sales
  • Qualified business deduction (199A)

Courneya Honored by NDSU Extension

North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension honored Tim Courneya, executive vice president, Northarvest Bean Growers Association, with the Friend of Extension Award. Courneya has served in this role with the association for more than 40 years. The award was presented during the recent joint NDSU Extension and Research Extension Center conference held virtually.

Two Palmer Findings in Two Weeks

Palmer amaranth has been confirmed in Stutsman County, North Dakota. A county weed officer noticed some suspect plants in a field and notified the landowner. One week prior, the noxious weed, along with large amounts of waterhemp, were identified in a Benson County, North Dakota soybean field. It’s not exactly known how the weed got there, but the Benson County Extension agent thinks the weeds may have been there for many years.
Palmer amaranth is native to the southwestern U.S. but was accidentally introduced to other areas and has devastated crops in the South and Midwest. It is a prolific seed producer that can emerge throughout the growing season. It grows rapidly at 2-3 inches per day in optimum conditions and is prone to herbicide resistance and multiple modes of action. It is a highly invasive weed that can dramatically cut crop yields.
Additional information on palmer amaranth and other noxious weeds are available here. To report a suspect plant, go to or contact your local county weed officer or North Dakota State University Extension agent.

Dry Bean Scene

The dry edible bean growers looks good in portions of North Dakota and Minnesota, while some fields have been inundated by too much moisture and severe weather. Also, growers should be on the lookout for both bacterial blight and rust. Get the full details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network, made possible in part by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association.