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  • Proper Spring Grain Drying & Storage Critical

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Apr 3, 2024

    The warmer winter and early spring have increased the potential for grain storage problems and the need for grain monitoring and management, says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer and grain drying expert. Stored grain temperature increases in parts of a bin in the spring, which is not only due to an increase in outdoor temperatures but also due to solar heat gain on the bin. Solar energy produces more than twice as much heat gain on the south wall of a bin in spring as it does during the summer. That,...

  • Wild Winter Temperature Has Different Effects On Forage Crops

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Apr 3, 2024

    If plants were well established prior to the onset of winter and had the opportunity to harden and tiller, chances of survival are very good, but forage production may be impacted. This year's unusual winter has led to questions for farmers and ranchers who grow forage crops in North Dakota. The lack of snow cover has left winter crops uninsulated from cold temperatures for much of the winter. Recent extreme temperature fluctuations have led to concerns about possible damage to winter annual...

  • Beware Of Mud Season

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Apr 3, 2024

    Snow melt, rain and cattle create a recipe for muddy feedlots. While leading to uncomfortable conditions for ranchers, mud is stressful to livestock. Just a few inches of mud requires extra effort for cattle to walk and may lead to a loss of production or weight gain, according to North Dakota State University Extension specialists. As mud depth increases to between 4-8 inches, feed intake can decrease up to 15%. When mud is up to 24 inches deep, feed increase can decrease up to 30%. The...

  • Minnesota Goat Confirmed To Have Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Apr 3, 2024

    A juvenile goat in Minnesota recently tested positive for highly pathogenic avian influenza (HPAI). While HPAI has been detected in predatory mammals that prey on infected birds, this is the first identified case of HPAI in domestic livestock in the U.S. The goat lived on the same premises where a poultry flock tested positive for HPAI in late February. The goat shared the same pasture and sole water source as the poultry flock. HPAI is a known disease of wild and domestic poultry and...

  • Chlorpyrifos Insecticide Products Legal For Insect Control In 2024

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Apr 3, 2024

    In November 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit issued a ruling overturning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)’s final rule of August 2021, which revoked all food crop tolerances for chlorpyrifos. The Eighth Circuit Court’s decision was based in part on the fact that the EPA had issued a Proposed Interim Decision (PID) in 2020, which included 11 chlorpyrifos crop uses that the EPA determined met safety tolerances. Before the PID could be finalized, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit issued a ruling ord...

  • Proper Spring Grain Drying And Storage Critical

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Mar 27, 2024

    The warmer winter and early spring have increased the potential for grain storage problems and the need for grain monitoring and management, says Ken Hellevang, North Dakota State University Extension agricultural engineer and grain drying expert. Stored grain temperature increases in parts of a bin in the spring, which is not only due to an increase in outdoor temperatures but also due to solar heat gain on the bin. Solar energy produces more than twice as much heat gain on the south wall of a...

  • NDSU Extension To Offer Online Gardening Forums

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Mar 27, 2024

    Do you want to grow a beautiful yard and garden? North Dakota State University Extension will be broadcasting its Spring Fever Garden Forums online from March 25 to April 15. The live forums will be held on Monday evenings, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. CDT and are open to all gardeners. Topics will include how to grow vegetables and fruits, divide perennial flowers, attract pollinators, control weeds, select fast-growing trees, improve garden soil and much more. "This is a great opportunity for...

  • Chlorpyrifos Insecticide Products Legal For Insect Control In 2024

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Mar 13, 2024

    In November 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eight Circuit issued a ruling overturning the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)'s final rule of August 2021, which revoked all food crop tolerances for chlorpyrifos. The Eighth Circuit Court's decision was based in part on the fact that the EPA had issued a Proposed Interim Decision (PID) in 2020, which included 11 chlorpyrifos crop uses that the EPA determined met safety tolerances. Before the PID could be finalized, the U.S. Court of...

  • Decline In Sheep & Lamb Inventory Indicates Opportunity For Ranchers

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    The all sheep and lamb inventory in the U.S. on Jan. 1 totaled 5.03 million head, down 2% from 2023, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service. The report indicated a year-over-year decrease of 2% in North Dakota, 3% in Minnesota and 9% in South Dakota. "U.S. lamb consumption was 1.1 lbs. per person per year for 2023, and has room for growth domestically and abroad," says Travis Hoffman, NDSU Extension and UMN Extension sheep specialist. "We have...

  • NDSU Extension Offers Updated Crop Compare Program For 2024

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    North Dakota State University Extension has updated the Crop Compare program, which is a spreadsheet designed to compare cropping alternatives. The Crop Compare program is available online at ndsu.ag/cropcompare. The program uses the direct costs and yields from the 2024 projected crop budgets for nine regions of North Dakota, but producers are encouraged to enter the expected yields and input costs for their farm. The user designates a reference crop and enters its expected market price....

  • NDSU Extension Schedules Stop The Bleed Trainings through April

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    Seconds matter in rural injury incidents or medical emergencies, and the time it takes first responders to travel to an injured person can be critical to survival, says Angie Johnson, North Dakota State University Extension farm and ranch safety coordinator. To help reduce deaths caused by unintentional injury, NDSU Extension and the NDSU School of Nursing have partnered to offer free, Stop the Bleed trainings for residents of rural communities across North Dakota. Nursing faculty have traveled...

  • Despite Mild Winter, Spring May Bring Forage Challenges

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    This year's warmer and drier winter conditions have created certain benefits for ranchers, such as easier winter feeding and simpler maintenance of water supplies. A major benefit of milder conditions is that cold weather stressors on the cow herd are lower, making it easier to meet cattle nutrient requirements. As helpful as this mild weather has been, there are potential concerns ranchers should be aware of and be prepared for this spring, according to North Dakota State University Extension...

  • NDSU Extension To Host Horse Management Webinar Series

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    Horse owners and stable managers will have the opportunity to learn management strategies and ask questions during a webinar series that North Dakota State University Extension is hosting at noon CDT on Wednesdays in March. Topics will include an overview of genetic diseases in the quarter horse breed, weed and manure management in pastures, prevention and detection of communicable equine diseases, and emergency first aid until the veterinarian arrives. "The goal of these webinars is to empower...

  • Grain Bin Rescue Equipment & Training Opportunities Available For Fire Departments

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    February is grain bin safety month. North Dakota is no exception when it comes to grain bin entrapments and engulfments. In 2020, North Dakota ranked second in the nation for recorded grain-bin-related entrapments in the Summary of U.S. Agricultural Confined Space-Related Injuries and Fatalities report from Purdue University. That does not account for any undocumented grain bin related injuries and fatalities. Research estimates that 30% of confined spaces incidences, including grain bin...

  • NDSU Extension Virtual Canola Production Update Meeting Set For March 12

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    The meeting will focus on the latest research in canola and will help growers and consultants make sustainable and profitable decisions. Farmers and crop advisers interested in canola production management updates should plan to participate in the 2024 Getting-it-Right in Canola Production virtual meeting on March 12, from 8:30 a.m. to noon. This online-only meeting is conducted by North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension and is supported by the Northern Canola Growers Association....

  • NDSU Releases Crop Budget Projections For 2024

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Feb 28, 2024

    The North Dakota State University (NDSU) Extension projected crop budgets for 2024 are available for the state's farmers, says Ron Haugen, NDSU Extension farm management specialist. The 2024 projected profits vary by region and crop. "The budgets are guides for large multi-county regions," says Haugen. "Returns and costs can vary considerably between producers within a region. Also, the budgets estimate returns to labor and management with no consideration of price and yield variability or risk....

  • 2023 NDSU Corn Hybrid Variety Trial Results Now Available

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 24, 2024

    The 2023 North Dakota State University Variety Trial Results and Selection Guide for Corn (A793) is now available online and in print. The guide can be accessed online at ndsu.ag/cornvt23. “The corn hybrid guide is a good source of information for farmers and agronomists looking for variety performance data from around the state,” says Clair Keene, NDSU Extension small grains and corn agronomist. “We appreciate our industry partners who participate in these trials and make this work possible.” Printed copies are available through your NDSU Ex...

  • Managing Cow Body Condition Is Critical For Profitability

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 24, 2024

    In the cow-calf production system, reproductive efficiency is the No. 1 driver of profitability. “That’s how this business works,” says James Rogers, North Dakota State University Extension forage crops production specialist. “We market the offspring from our herds. No offspring, no profit.” Rogers references a measure of reproductive performance used in the swine industry called “non-productive days”, or days that a gilt or sow is neither gestating nor lactating. Each non-productive day comes at a cost and serves as a benchmark measure of re...

  • ND 4-H Foundation Elects Officers

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 24, 2024

    The North Dakota 4-H Foundation recently elected new officers. They are: • Becky Peterson, chair, Mandan • Jennifer Hauge, vice chair of ends development and evaluation, Leith • Alana Sears, vice chair of policy monitoring, Wheatland • Vicki Monsen, vice chair of board fundraising and community outreach, Watford City • Julie Hassebroek, vice chair of financial management and treasurer, Cogswell • Deb Clarys, past chair, Center • Aidan Sears, 4-H Ambassadors representative, Wheatland The...

  • NDSU Soybean & Dry Bean Variety Data Publications Available For 2024 Crop Production Decisions

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 24, 2024

    NDSU’s soybean and dry bean variety guides help farmers make crop variety selection decisions. Farmers and crop advisers needing crop variety information to make decisions for the 2024 crop season now have available the North Dakota State University Extension 2023 soybean and dry bean variety guides. These publications can be accessed online at ndsu.ag/varietytrials23. Printed copies are available at NDSU Extension County offices and Research Extension Centers. “Crop variety selection is one of the most important crop management decisions to...

  • NDSU Sets Western North Dakota Best Of The Best In Wheat Meeting Jan. 31

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 24, 2024

    North Dakota State University has set the 2024 Best of the Best in Wheat Research and Marketing meeting in western North Dakota for Jan. 31 at the Grand Hotel, Minot. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. CST and includes sessions on wheat variety selection, in-season nitrogen application for increased quality in durum, a scab fungicide update, current insect pest issues in wheat, wheat fertility recommendations, herbicide resistant weed update, and a market outlook. The program will end at 3:30 p.m....

  • Funk Named Director Of NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 3, 2024

    Sam Funk is an expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and evaluation of on-farm technology adoption. Funk will join North Dakota State University as director of the Williston Research Extension Center. He began his appointment on Dec. 18. “Dr. Funk brings a wealth of experience and expertise in production economics to the center,” says Greg Lardy, NDSU Agricultural Affairs vice president. “He is a recognized expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and evaluation of on-farm technology adoption.” Prior to join...

  • 2023 NDSU Corn Hybrid Variety Trial Results Now Available

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 3, 2024

    The 2023 North Dakota State University Variety Trial Results and Selection Guide for Corn (A793) is now available online and in print. The guide can be accessed online at ndsu.ag/cornvt23. “The corn hybrid guide is a good source of information for farmers and agronomists looking for variety performance data from around the state,” says Clair Keene, NDSU Extension small grains and corn agronomist. “We appreciate our industry partners who participate in these trials and make this work possible.” Printed copies are available through your NDSU Ex...

  • NDSU Soybean & Dry Bean Variety Data Publications Available For 2024 Crop Production Decisions

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 3, 2024

    NDSU’s soybean and dry bean variety guides help farmers make crop variety selection decisions. Farmers and crop advisers needing crop variety information to make decisions for the 2024 crop season now have available the North Dakota State University Extension 2023 soybean and dry bean variety guides. These publications can be accessed online at ndsu.ag/varietytrials23. Printed copies are available at NDSU Extension County offices and Research Extension Centers. “Crop variety selection is one of the most important crop management decisions to...

  • Funk Named Director Of NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

    NDSU Agriculture Communication|Jan 3, 2024

    Sam Funk is an expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and evaluation of on-farm technology adoption. Funk will join North Dakota State University as director of the Williston Research Extension Center. He began his appointment on Dec. 18. "Dr. Funk brings a wealth of experience and expertise in production economics to the center," says Greg Lardy, NDSU Agricultural Affairs vice president. "He is a recognized expert in farm and ranch management, agricultural policy and...

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