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    MINOT, ND - Farmers from across the area will gather at the North Central Research Extension Center's 70th Annual Field Day on Wednesday, July 16th, starting at 8:30 a.m. The tour will begin with a crop pest and soil salinity clinic where Extension Service experts will work with farmers on diagnosing crop production issues.

    Field tour topics will include wheat and corn fertility, soybean production issues, marketing oil crops, winter wheat variety update and a demonstration on NDSU's drone research project. All field tour events will begin at the research center and are free and open to the public.


     BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - The National Sunflower Association says a common sunflower disease has been found in fields across the Dakotas after a wet planting season.
     The group says downy mildew was been found in about two-thirds of fields surveyed over the last two weeks in North Dakota and South Dakota. About 70 fields were surveyed. Only 8 fields surveyed had had more than 5 percent of their crop infected.
     Infected plants will often die and if they survive they will not yield. The group says yield loss doesn't usually occur unless downy mildew occurs in large patches of a field.
     Downy mildew is caused by a pathogen that lives for many years in soil. When it rains after planting, the pathogen produces spores that infect roots and cause a systematic infection.


     ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) - Most Minnesota crops conditions showed improvement during the past week.  According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, only potato and hay crop conditions in Minnesota showed a slight decline.
     Corn conditions are 64 percent good to excellent while soybeans are 62 percent good to excellent. Fifty percent of the spring wheat crop is in good to excellent condition. Oat conditions are 66 percent good to excellent while sugar beets are 21 percent good to excellent.
     There were 5.4 days suitable for fieldwork, giving farmers time to apply herbicides and harvest the second cutting of alfalfa hay.
     Soil moisture continues to be high after all the rain. Topsoil moisture is rated 78 percent adequate and 21 surplus statewide, while subsoil moisture is rated 75 percent adequate and 23 percent surplus.


   (Copyright 2014 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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