BISMARCK, ND - The North Dakota Department of Agriculture (NDDA) has been gathering information on plant injury that may have been caused by use of the herbicide dicamba. Growers and applicators who suspect dicamba injury are encouraged to complete a survey on NDDA's website to help quantify the number of potential reports and acres impacted.
"We've had a lot of responses on the dicamba survey," Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring said. "The 2017 spraying season has wrapped up, but the information we're gathering will help determine restrictions and protocols for the 2018 growing season."
Dicamba is a selective herbicide used to control broadleaf weeds and woody plants. It has many applications, including lawn care, crop production and range management. Historically, it has been used in pre-plant applications on soybeans. Recently, new low-volatile formulations have been approved for postemergence use on dicamba-tolerant soybeans.
"I've been in talks with Monsanto, BASF and DuPont and they are willing to send representatives out to look at fields that may have been affected," Goehring said. "Producers who would like to speak to a company representative should contact their local chemical dealers."
Goehring is considering changing application protocols for dicamba to protect non-target crops. Producers are encouraged to provide specific feedback on the survey.
The survey may be found at www.nd.gov/ndda/dicamba-survey
Information gathered from the survey will not be used for pesticide enforcement against applicators and no penalties will be issued based on the survey. Those wishing to file a formal pesticide complaint should contact NDDA at 701-328-2231.
BISMARCK, ND - Gov. Doug Burgum and Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring have announced the availability of an emergency hay transportation program. The $1.5 million grant program will help reimburse a portion of hay transportation expenses to eligible producers impacted by the drought.
"The drought has created unprecedented impacts to forage production. Hay shortages have forced producers to purchase and transport hay from increasingly further distances," Goehring said. "This program will assist producers with defraying some of those costs to help sustain their operation into the next year. As agriculture is the leading industry in the state's economy, it is vital to the future of our state to provide assistance to these producers."
"The widespread nature of our extreme drought has exacerbated costs for North Dakota ranchers who now must go hundreds of miles to supplement their own depleted hay supplies. The emergency assistance approved today will provide a real measure of relief by lowering the cost barrier between strained livestock producers and faraway hay stocks," Burgum said. "As Commissioner Goehring and I have heard during our drought town hall meetings across western North Dakota, there is no question the need exists. We're committed to using all appropriate resources to help the farmers and ranchers who form the foundation of our communities and economy."
Program eligibility requirements include:
Must be from a D2, D3 or D4 county. The latest drought monitor depicting the drought levels of specific counties may be found at http://droughtmonitor.unl.edu/.
Must own at least 25 animal unit equivalents of dairy cattle, beef cattle, bison, sheep or goats. A description of animal unit equivalents may be found directly on the application.
Hay must be used for the purposes of the producer's own livestock operation.
Hay transportation costs must have been incurred between June 1, 2017, and Oct. 20, 2017.
Must have costs related to the transportation of hay outside of an applicant's normal livestock operation.
Producers must provide verifiable records of livestock inventories and hay transportation expenses. The program will reimburse producers a portion of expenses dependent on the total amount of applications received and approved through the program. Other feeds and supplements are not included.
The program will officially start September 5th and livestock producers interested in applying should go to NDDA's website at www.nd.gov/ndda to fill out and submit an application at that time. The application deadline is Nov. 3, 2017.
Funding for the program is provided through the Department of Emergency Services. The state emergency commission today approved borrowing $1.5 million from the Bank of North Dakota for the program.
FARGO, N.D. - During the first two weeks of September, growers of small grains around the country will be contacted by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS). The agency is taking a comprehensive look into the 2017 production and supply of small grains, which include wheat, oats, barley, and rye.
"The small grains industry is important to North Dakota agriculture and it is crucial for everyone to have accurate data about this key sector of the economy," said NASS North Dakota State Statistician Darin Jantzi. "We will contact more than 2,300 producers in North Dakota to accurately measure 2017 acreage, yield, and production for small grains and the quantities of grains and oilseeds stored on farm."
"Responses to the survey will also be used in calculating county yields," explained Jantzi. "USDA uses county yield information from the survey to evaluate and administer vital farm disaster mitigation and insurance programs such as the Agricultural Risk Coverage (ARC). Farmers who receive this survey should use this opportunity to assure their county is accurately represented in the calculation of North Dakota county yields."
NASS safeguards the privacy of all respondents and publishes only aggregate data, ensuring that no individual operation or producer can be identified.
Survey results will be published in several reports, including the annual Small Grains Summary and the quarterly Grain Stocks report, both to be released on September 29. These and all NASS reports are available online at www.nass.usda.gov. For more information call the NASS North Dakota Field Office at 800-582-6443.
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