Dicamba use extended to July 10

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture has extended the application date for in-crop use of Dicamba on soybeans for the 2019 growing season.

The new deadline is now July 10, or beginning bloom (R1 growth phase), whichever comes first. The previous deadline listed on the state’s Special Local Needs label had been June 30.

“Due to persistent rain events, lack of suitable days for spraying and the delayed growth of soybeans, the last date for applications has been extended to July 10,” Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. “The beginning bloom (R1 growth phase) restriction is still applicable and product may not be applied if soybeans have reached this phase.”

All provisions of the federal label still apply.

Project Safe Send July 16 in Tioga

The North Dakota Department of Agriculture annually collects unusable pesticides at various North Dakota Department of Transportation facilities in the state to help producers dispose of these chemicals properly.

This year’s nearest collection point is from 8 a.m. to noon in Tioga at 425 Second St. SE on July 16. There is also a collection point the following day in Minot at 1305 Highway 2 Bypass E.

“Over the past 27 years, thousands of people have brought more than 4.7 million pounds of chemicals to Project Safe Send,” said Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring. “It is a safe, simple and non-regulatory program that helps people safely and legally get rid of unusable pesticides at no charge.”

Producers may bring old, unusable, or banned pesticides, including herbicides, insecticides, rodenticides and fungicides. The collected pesticides will be shipped out of state for incineration.

“Check your storage areas for any unusable pesticides and safely set them aside for Project Safe Send,” Goehring said. “If the containers are deteriorating or leaking, pack them in larger containers with absorbent materials. Free heavy-duty plastic bags are available from the North Dakota Department of Agriculture if needed.”

Anyone with more than 1,000 pounds of pesticide should pre-register a week before delivery by contacting Jeremiah Lien at 701-425-3016 or email jjlien@nd.gov. No other pre-registration is required.

A maximum of 20,000 pounds per participant will be accepted. Pesticide rinse water and empty containers are no longer being accepted.

FSA cleaning up producer record database

Producers participating in FSA and NRCS programs are required to report changes to their farming operation in a timely fashion. The changes should be reported both in writing to the County Committee, and with an update to the CCC-902 Far Operating Plan.

The Farm Service Agency is also cleaning up its producer record data base. Changes of address, zip code, phone number, email addresses, or incorrect names or business names on file should be reported to the FSA office, as well as any changes to the farm operation, such as the addition of a farm by lease or purchase.

Failure to timely file changes with your local FSA office may result in program ineligibility, or delays in the issuance of program payments.

Upcoming deadlines for FSA programs

July 15 — Crop acreage reports due for 2019 Crop year, spring-planted crops and perennial forage. Due to heavy traffic in the Williams County FSA office, an appointment is advised.

July 15 — For 2019 NAP crops only, the acreage reporting deadline for perennial forage, pasture and rangeland is July 15 or 15 days before harvest or grazing, whichever is earliest. This is also the deadline for ARC-IC production Evidence.

Aug. 1 Deadline to request a farm reconstitution or farm transfer for 2019

Aug. 23 — last day to submit Continuous CRP Offer.

Sept. 1 — 2020 NAP application for coverage deadline for spring and winter Canola & Value-Loss Crops such as Nursery, Christmas Trees, etc.

Sept. 30 — 2020 NAP application for coverage deadline for annual fall-seeded crops, perennial forage and grazing, mixed forage crops.

Nov. 15 — Acreage reporting deadline for fall-seeded small grains.

Screenings a potential source of weeds

When seeds are cleaned, the screenings are often used as an inexpensive source of feed, but the use could become very expensive if it results in weeds that are invasive or difficult to control.

Producers have an obligation under North Dakota law to do all things necessary to control the spread of noxious weeds in the state. That means working with local weed officers and extension agents to identify and report noxious weeds. It also means properly monitoring locations where cattle are being fed, or where they may have foraged, and where manure from the cattle was applied.

Seeds from weeds like palmer amaranth can persist even after being eaten by cattle, and can later appear where those cattle have foraged, or in locations where manure from the cattle was applied.

Palmer amaranth is of particular concern in screenings, because the seed is very small, and its presence is thus easily missed.

NDSU Brine Tour set for July 30

The Northwest Landowners Association and NDSU are teaming up to put on a Brine Spill Remediation Tour from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. July 30 at the NDSU North Central Research Extension Center in Minot.

The tour is limited to 50 participants. The bus will leave at 9:30 a.m., and returns at 4 p.m. Lunch is included.

Brine is part of the oil and gas production process, and generally occurs whenever oil and gas are extracted. The waste liquid is generally taken by either pipeline or truck to a disposal site, but spills can and have happened.

While oil spills tend to get more attention, brine spills are actually more detrimental to soil and vegetation. Salts can be very difficult to remove from soils, affecting production and yields into the future.

The Brine Tour will focus on the impacts of brine spills, as well as current remediation research and reclaimed sites.

Crop crop dates adjusted for 2019

The usual haying and grazing date for cover crops is Nov. 1, but for 2019, the USDA’s Risk Management Agency has moved the dat to Sept. 1.

Silage, Haylage and baleage should be treated in the same manner as haying and grazing for this year. Producers can hay, graze or cut cover crops for silage, haylage or baleage on prevented plant acres on or after Sept. 1 and still maintain eligibility for their full 2019 prevented planting indemnity.

While the change is for one year only, the agency is evaluating the change to determine whether the adjustment should become permanent.

Members of North Dakota’s Congressional delegation were among those pushing for the change, pointing out that Nov. 1 is often the start of winter for northern tier states like North Dakota. That would have meant many producers would not get to use the cover crops they have planted, which could discourage producers from adopting them, despite their other benefits.

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