August 2nd Soil Health/ Crop Tour

More and more farmers and ranchers are becoming interested in practices that can improve the health of their soil as a means of improving productivity, profitability and/or resiliency to weather extremes. If you would like to learn more about what some producers in the area have been doing to improve their soil health, make plansContinue reading “August 2nd Soil Health/ Crop Tour”

Dakota Gardener: Your lawn mower scares trees

The mower is one of the leading killers of trees in yards, parks and orchards. By Tom Kalb, Horticulturist NDSU Extension Shark Week in America is coming. We can watch horror stories of people getting attacked by sharks all week on television. Imagine yourself alone in a swimming pool. A trap door in the poolContinue reading “Dakota Gardener: Your lawn mower scares trees”

COVER CROP OPTIONS FOR PREVENTED PLANT ACRES

Although producers are tried their hardest to get as much planted as possible this spring, there are fields and especially areas of many fields that were simply too wet to get seeded this spring that will fall under the classification of prevented planting acres. The question is what to do with these acres. The bestContinue reading “COVER CROP OPTIONS FOR PREVENTED PLANT ACRES”

Consider Options for Prevented Planting

There is an old saying that if you don’t like the weather, wait five minutes. While it took more than five minutes, this spring has certainly been an example of how quickly conditions can change. Up until about mid-April the outlook for this year’s growing season was pretty dismal as indications were that the dryContinue reading “Consider Options for Prevented Planting”

Living Roots as Often as Possible

There are five basic principles to building soil health: soil armor or keeping the soil covered, minimizing soil disturbance, plant diversity, keeping a living root in the soil for as much of the growing season as possible, and livestock integration, when possible. As living roots were mentioned in the previous article, the following is aContinue reading “Living Roots as Often as Possible”

Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People

Studies have found that over the last 70 years, the level of nutrients in many foods has fallen between 10 and 100 percent. Based on that, there are some estimates that an individual today would need to consume twice as much meat, three times as much fruit, and four to five times as many vegetablesContinue reading “Healthy Soil, Healthy Food, Healthy People”

Partner Agency Updates

FSA Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) The recent snow storms certainly brought some much needed moisture to the area but did catch many livestock producers at an inopportune time with calving and lambing underway. If anyone did lose livestock during these storms, there is a program through FSA called the Livestock Indemnity Program (LIP) that mayContinue reading “Partner Agency Updates”

ND farm sees ‘tremendous’ gains with NRCS irrigation aid, advice

Working with the Natural Resources Conservation Service to update their irrigation “improved our farm tremendously,” says Vickie Schilling, of Cartwright, N.D. The family  increased their crop yields, cut the amount of water used, reduced labor costs and made it easier to run their farm and an oil field business at the same time. Vickie farms withContinue reading “ND farm sees ‘tremendous’ gains with NRCS irrigation aid, advice”

Supplemental Forage Production Likely Needed for 2022

Moisture conditions have improved across much of the state when compared to this time a year ago. Based on the US Drought Monitor for North Dakota, last year at the beginning of March, the entire state was abnormally dry with over 68 percent of the state considered to be in severe drought. This year, onlyContinue reading “Supplemental Forage Production Likely Needed for 2022”

Intercropping Workshop Videos

If you were unable to attend the January 26th workshop at the Williston Research Extension Center on “Introduction to Intercropping” or if you did attend, but would like to review any of the presentations, the workshop was recorded. Recordings of the entire workshop can be found here:   If you haven’t already filled out their surveys, AudreyContinue reading “Intercropping Workshop Videos”