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Crop opportunities 2014

By Staff | Nov 22, 2013

A series of “Crop Opportunities 2014” meetings have been scheduled for Dec 2-6 across northwest North Dakota. The NDSU Extension Service in Pierce County and McHenry County will be co-hosting one of these meetings at the Senior Citizens Center in Anamoose on Wednesday, December 4th beginning at 12:30 p.m. with a free lunch sponsored by Pioneer for those attending the meeting, which follows at 1:30 p.m. The introduction of additional corn and soybean acres to the region has led to some new opportunities for producers in their cropping rotations. These meetings will take a closer look at some of the options for corn production in next year’s cropping season. The “Crop Opportunities 2014” meeting series is designed to cover a variety of agronomic, management, and market issues that will be of concern to producers in the 2014 growing season.

Local Extension Agents, Yolanda Goodman and Raquel Dugan-Dibble will kick off the program with a brief update on the Farm Bill and key provision of the latest House and Senate versions. In addition they will also discuss some of the advantages of having corn as one of the crops in the rotation and where corn bests fits in the crop rotation.

Shana Pederson, NDSU Extension Area Agronomist, will cover the topic of “Steps to Improve Corn Production.” Pederson will cover the basic agronomics of corn production for North Central and North Western North Dakota. She will also address the importance of achieving an even stand at establishment and hopes to have live plant specimens at the programs to give the audience a chance at staging different growth stages of corn.

With the wet conditions experienced over the past few years, there have been numerous questions regarding the practice of vertical tillage. Chris Augustin, Area Soils Specialist will address some of these questions such as: What are the potential benefits or disadvantages of vertical tillage. What do we know or not know about vertical tillage? Is it effective in drying the soil? Does it have any negative impacts on soil health?

Frayne Olson, NDSU Extension Crop Marketing Economist, will provide a “Crop Market Outlook” for the remainder of the marketing year and into the 2014 crop year. Olson will discuss the major crops and their current supply and demand situation. A key discussion will focus on the current decline in the corn market, what the long- term outlook will be for corn prices, and impacts of corn prices on other crops.

Crop Opportunities 2014 meetings will also be held at the following locations:

Dec. 2 – 1:30 p.m. in Bowbells, Burke County Courthouse Community Room with video connection to Williston Research Extension Center

Dec. 3 – 9 a.m. in Crosby, Dakota Theatre

1:30 p.m. in Stanley, Mountrail County South Complex

Dec. 4 – 12:30 p.m. in Anamoose, Senior Citizens Center – Lunch sponsored by Pioneer & meeting to follow at 1:30 p.m.

Dec. 5 – 1:30 p.m. in Minot, North Central Research Extension Center (NCREC) with video connection Watford City, McKenzie County Courthouse Meeting Room

Dec. 6 – 9 a.m. in Mohall, Emergency Services Facility

1:30 p.m. in Bottineau, Bottineau County Courthouse Conference Room

The Crop Opportunities 2014 meetings are open to the public at no charge.

Beef Producer

Meetings Set

The North Dakota State University Extension Service is holding two informational meetings Dec. 5-6 for beef producers in the north-central part of the state.

The dates, locations and contact people for the workshops are:

Thursday, Dec. 5, Lake Region Livestock, Devils Lake, 6:00 p.m.

Contact: Bill Hodous, Extension agent, Ramsey County, (701) 662-7027

Topics and presenters at the Ramsey County location are:

How Can We Improve Our Cow Herd? Carl Dahlen, Beef Specialist

Why a Balanced Ration? Thomas Hodous, Ramsey County Rancher

Sponsors at the Ramsey County location are: Lake Region Livestock & NDSU Extension Services in Ramsey, Benson, Cavalier, Nelson, Rolette, Towner & Walsh counties.

Friday, Dec. 6, Dakota Farms, Rugby, 12:00 p.m.

Contact: Yolanda Goodman, Extension agent, Pierce County, (701) 776-6234 ext. 5

Topics and presenters at the Pierce County location are:

How Can We Improve Our Cow Herd? Carl Dahlen, Beef Specialist

Disease Prevention & Vaccine Strategies Dr. Gerald Stokka, Livestock Stewardship Specialist

Sponsors at the Pierce County location are: Cow Country Supply, Envision Cooperative, Lautt’s Feed & Rental Center, Merchants Bank, Pierce County Ag Improvement, Rugby Farmers Union Elevator, Rugby Livestock, Rugby Veterinary Service, & NDSU Extension Services in Pierce and McHenry County.

For more information or details on these meetings, contact the Pierce County Extension office at 776-6234 ext.5 or e-mail yolanda.goodman@ndsu.edu.

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