Most of North Dakota is experiencing a severe drought. NDSU Agriculture has assembled important resources for dealing with the drought. Access them now. 

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Sunflower Development and Growing Degree Days (GDD) (07/21/21)

The USDA weekly crop progress report stated that by May 23, 30% of the sunflower acres were planted, and 5% of the sunflower crop was flowering as of July 18.

Fungicide Application on Soybean (07/15/21)

In many crops, fungicides are applied to protect plants from plant disease. In the northern soybean growing region, the number of serious fungal diseases during the growing season are limited.

Soybean Reaching R1 (07/08/21)

Soybean plants in our area are transitioning from the vegetative growth stages to the reproductive phase of their crop development cycle.

Soybean Foliar Fertilizer Application (07/08/21)

Producers are always interested in increasing soybean yield but of course there should be a return on investment.

Check Soybean Nodulation (07/01/21)

A good time to evaluate soybean plant nodulation is in the soybean vegetative growth stage, after the second or third trifoliolate leaf has emerged.

Things to Consider when Managing Alfalfa from Now On (06/24/21)

When moisture is the main limiting factor, nutrient levels aren’t going to make much of a difference to crop yield.

Harvesting Drought-Stressed Small Grains as Forage (06/24/21)

The unprecedented hot and dry weather in the upper Midwest has continued to deteriorate large acreages of the small grain crops.

Iron Deficiency Chlorosis (06/24/21)

Iron deficiency chlorosis (IDC) is starting to show in soybean fields in the Red River Valley.

Plant Stress 2021 (06/10/21)

The term “plant stress” is used when conditions interfere with normal plant growth. Some of the recent stress factors have been a frost event at the end of May, continued dry conditions throughout the state, and extreme heat for the time of the year.

Frost Damage (06/03/21)

During the early morning of Friday May 28, 2021, frost occurred in many parts of North Dakota and northwestern Minnesota.
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