'Why not us?': NDSU eyes pesticide testing lab
NORTH PLATTE, Neb. — Pesticides are an important and controversial part of U.S. agriculture. Now, a North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota extension official is spearheading an effort to establish a pesticide application testing ...
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Mohamed Khan chats with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk on AgNews 890am.
Mohamed Khan chatted with Mick Kjar on Farm Talk Tuesday and indicated that American Crystal has roughly 80,000 acres planted so far. Most of that has been planted in the southern area of American Crystal's region. In the northern region, a small amount of sugarbeets have been planted, but they need things to dry out and warm up.
Khan indicated that in the American Crystal growing area, the ideal planting date over the last 25-30 years has been April 25th. However, nearly the entire American Crystal region has received significant snowfall, which has abruptly halted planting for the last several days and will continue to do so until about the middle of next week.
Click here to listen to Mohamed Khan's entire segment on Farm Talk.
North Dakota State University and University of Minnesota Extension Sugarbeet Agronomist, Tom Peters, says waterhemp continues to move north. “Our surveys indicate that waterhemp is the most important weed for farmers south of Fargo/Moorhead,” said Peters. “Beyond that, it depends where you are located. Kochia is important, common ragweed is important, and lambsquarters can be an important weed especially under dry years. But beyond that, I have Palmer amaranth on my list as well.”
Rhizoctonia and Cercospora leafspot will both be diseases farmers will have to watch out for in 2017. NDSU / U of MN Extension Sugarbeet Specialist, Mohamed Khan, says you need to control Rhizoctonia early to establish a good stand:
“Even tolerant varieties in early growth stages are susceptible so the recommendation is to make sure, on all of our sugarbeet seeds, to have seed treatments. We have some good, effective seed treatments. Make you use them to give protection from seedling damping off. We also recommend using a post application fungicide somewhere between for the four-to-eight leaf stage.”
Khan says controlling Cercospora will also be a challenge due to very large overwintering populations of resistant spores.
Source: The Red River Farm Network (rrfn.com)
The 2016 Upper Midwest Cercospora Experience
The 2017 North Dakota State University / University of Minnesota Extention Sugarbeet Production Guide is now available. Growers can pick up hard copies of the 100 page booklet, or download a digital version by clicking the following link: