NDSU Extension to Host Virtual Town Hall Meeting

North Dakota State University Extension will host a virtual town hall meeting for North Dakota community development leaders. The meeting will be on Tuesday, March 31, at 9:30 a.m. Central time.
“We hope that this town hall meeting will give anyone involved in community development, Chambers of Commerce or small business entrepreneurship, etc., a chance to connect during these unprecedented times,” says Jodi Bruns, NDSU Extension leadership and civic engagement specialist.
The meeting will feature discussion on these topics:
  • Reaching your community at a distance
  • NDSU Extension resources
  • Community resources
  • Leadership in challenging times

Extension Services Cancel Face-to-Face Meetings

University of Minnesota Extension has canceled all face-to-face events, meetings and courses through May 15. The decision was made to safeguard public health during the coronavirus outbreak. All state and regional Extension offices are closed to the public, with faculty and staff working remotely. Those workers can be reached via e-mail and phone.
NDSU Extension has postponed, canceled or offered alternative means of delivery of all face-to-face meetings, trainings, etc. in light of the rapidly evolving nature of the COVID-19 situation. This directive includes 4-H activities, programs taught by volunteers and all events sponsored by NDSU Extension. Following NDSU’s lead, this postponement of activities will be through Sunday, April 5.

Be Safe When Working Around Grain Bins

Extension agricultural engineer Ken Hellevang reminds farmers to understand the risks of working around grain bins. “Wet grain typically leads to storage issues. That can lead to an increase in grain entrapment and other injuries.” Farmers are encouraged to work in teams and break up the crust from the outside of the bin. More safety tips from NDSU Extension can be found here.

NDSU Extension Releases Commodity Price Projections

NDSU Extension has released its 2020 short- and long-term agricultural planning price projections for North Dakota. The publication shows 2020 price projections for crops and livestock produced in the state and price estimates for future years. View the dry bean price projections in this document.

Complete Dry Bean Grower Surveys

The 2019 Dry Bean Grower Survey of Production, Pest Problems and Pesticide Use has been mailed. The survey is a cooperative effort between the Northarvest Bean Growers Association and the NDSU Extension Service and 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 in North Dakota and Minnesota. It also helps identify research and pesticide registration priorities. Survey responses are kept completely anonymous. View the 2018 survey results.

Keep Scouting Dry Edible Beans

There is still some late feeding of thistle caterpillars and green cloverworms in dry edible beans and soybeans. According to the NDSU Extension Crop and Pest Report, field reports have come in from the Red River Valley around Fargo, north to St. Thomas, North Dakota and east to Park Rapids, Minnesota. Threshold levels for foliage-feedings caterpillars is 25 to 30 percent defoliation in dry beans and 20 percent defoliation in soybeans.

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Dry Bean Scene

Portions of northeast North Dakota remain dry this growing season, and grasshoppers have been active in those areas. Get the details in the Dry Bean Scene, made possible by the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, UPL, FMC, Central Valley Bean Co-op, SRS Commodities and Johnstown Bean Company.

Dry Bean Scene

Now is the time during the growing season to be scouting for insects in dry beans. So far, reports of potato leaf hopper and grasshoppers are coming in. Get the details from NDSU Extension entomologist Jan Knodel and Rock and Roll Agronomy owner Jason Hanson in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Potential Palmer Findings in North Dakota

New potential cases of Palmer amaranth are being investigated North Dakota. NDSU Extension Weed Scientist Joe Ikley looked at two different fields in the last two weeks, one in Benson County and the other in Nelson County. “I walked fields and found plants that looked like Palmer amaranth. Samples have been collected and sent to the lab to confirm if it’s Palmer,” says Ikley. “We want to confirm before we put an action plan in place because it’s a noxious weed.”

Considering Cover Crops for PP Acres

In the case of prevent plant, cover crops are one option farmers are considering for fields left unplanted. NDSU Extension soil health specialist Abbey Wick is receiving questions from area farmers on the topic. Wick says one benefit is weed control.
“If we can put something out there to compete with weed pressures alone, I think that’s going to be a win. The other thing we can do with a full season cover crop is build some soil structure.” Wick adds another consideration is what crop will be planted next year. “For example, if soybeans will be planted next year you probably don’t need a legume in that mix this year.”
In response, NDSU Extension is hosting a series of Café Talks on the subject matter. The first meetings are in Casselton and Valley City on June 17, with talks to follow on June18 in Gwinner and June 20 in Jamestown. Listen to the interview with Wick.