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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.

Dicamba Application Deadlines Inching Closer

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.

The Minnesota Department of Agriculture is maintaining the June 20 state-specific deadline for dicamba application. The late planting date has caused concern for farmers who want to use dicamba, but Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Thom Petersen says a delayed application can result in poor weed control and other risks.

Dry Bean Scene

Warm and dry weather is allowing farmers to get the dry edible bean crop in the ground. Kelley Bean Company general manager in Minnesota and North Dakota John Bartsch says the start of planting was later than usual. A few acres have been switched from soybeans to dry beans. Get the details in this week’s Dry Bean Scene on the Red River Farm Network.

Farmers Waiting to Start Fieldwork

The recent snow and rain has delayed spring fieldwork. At Hatton, North Dakota, Dean Nelson of Kelly Bean Company says the area received around an inch of rain in the latest system. “Prior to that, I hadn’t really seen anybody out doing fieldwork in the immediate area.”

Nelson says farmers are anxiously waiting for a planting window. Once warmer weather arrives, corn will be the first crop to go into the ground. “I know farmers would really like to get it planted in the first couple weeks of May. We can plant dry beans and soybeans into the second week of June, so I don’t foresee much impacted there.”

Ag Day at the Capitol

The Northarvest Bean Growers Association participated in Ag Day at the North Dakota State Capitol on Tuesday, March 19. This annual event recognizes the agricultural community by highlighting the crops and commodities produced in the state.
 
Megan Myrdal, director of domestic marketing and communications, represented Northarvest by showcasing a variety of products. Featured were Northarvest beans and visitors sampled bean chips with a pinto bean hummus. Click here for the recipe.

A Battle Against Resistant Weeds

While Palmer amaranth is garnering much of the attention, there are other resistant weed battles being fought in the region. According to Brian Jenks, a weed scientist at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center, waterhemp is probably the bigger issue in eastern North Dakota.

“A couple other weeds we’re concerned about because of resistance are kochia and horseweed. We see kochia blowing across fields, spreading seeds and leaving trails,” says Jenks. “Another is narrowleaf hawksbeard in the western part of the state. It can easily blanket a field in just a year or two, resembling a canola field.”

Jenks spoke at the Wild World of Weeds Workshop in Fargo. Hear more of the conversation.

CHS Fertilizer Hub to be Built at Langdon

A new 24,000 ton fertilizer facility will be built at the Langdon, North Dakota CHS location. The facility will include two 16-ton blenders, five big bins and four micro-bins to house dry fertilizer. When finished, the hub will have a 1,200 ton her hour unloading capability.

Based at the Milton location, assistant general manager Travis Peterson says ground will be broke this spring as soon as weather permits. “The completion deadline is January of 2020,” says Peterson. “The need for fertilizer supplies keeps growing, so it will serve the area farmers well.”