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Beans Take the Spotlight at the Red River Market

The Red River Market opens this Saturday in downtown Fargo, North Dakota. Dry beans will take the spotlight during the cooking demo at 11:30 a.m. Megan Myrdal of the Northarvest Bean Growers Association, who is also the market co-founder, will be serving up a Mediterranean Bean Salad.
 
Recipe cards will be handed out at the end of the demo. Learn more about the Red River Market by clicking here.

Project Safe Send Underway

This year’s Project Safe Send campaign is underway in North Dakota, giving farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and homeowners a safe location and legal method to discard of any old or unused pesticides. People disposing of more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides are asked to pre-register one week prior to delivery, which a maximum of 20,000 pounds per participant accepted.
 
A full list of drop off locations in North Dakota can be found here.

Dry Bean Scene

While the dry bean crop was planted later than average in northeastern North Dakota, it is off to a good start. Get the details 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.”

Project Safe Send Begins July 9

This year’s Project Safe Send campaign begins July 9 in Wyndmere, North Dakota and will wrap up July 26 in Valley City, North Dakota. The campaign gives farmers, ranchers, agribusinesses and homeowners a safe location and legal method to discard of any old or unused pesticides. People disposing of more than 1,000 pounds of pesticides are asked to pre-register one week prior to delivery, which a maximum of 20,000 pounds per participant accepted.
 
A full list of drop off locations in North Dakota can be found here.

ND Extends Dicamba Application Date to July 10

Farmers now have until July 10 to apply dicamba in North Dakota. A combination of heavy rain, a lack of suitable days for spraying and delayed soybean growth impacted the decision. 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. Again, farmers have until July 10 or R1 stage, whichever comes first, to apply dicamba in North Dakota.

Land Values Remain Steady

Despite another year of falling farm income, land values remain steady to slightly softer in eastern North Dakota and northwest Minnesota. “There have been a few pockets where a lot of land is on the market,” says Jayson Menke, broker, Acres & Shares.

Menke attributes the strong values to a limited supply of land currently on the market. Top quality ground continues to hold its value better than the average ground. “Even though there are some farmers struggling financially, there are still people who have money from the ‘boom years’ and are still able to buy land.”

Hear more from Menke.

Application Fees Waived for Certified Seed Inspection

Due to weather-related conditions, the North Dakota State Seed Department is waiving late fees on applications for field inspections. Certified seed growers are encouraged to apply for a field inspection as soon as possible. Applications can be found online at nd.gov and will be accepted without late fees until June 30.

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.

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.