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NDSU hires IPM scouts to track the progression of insect and disease issues across the state.

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Alicia Harstad

By Alicia Harstad, NDSU Extension Stutsman County

The NDSU Crop and Pest Report is a weekly e-newsletter published by NDSU Extension state specialists. Topics covered in the e-newsletter include entomology, plant science, plant pathology, soils, weeds, grain storage, forestry, ag engineering, ag economics, weather and updates about upcoming Extension events across the state. It is published weekly during the growing season and released on Thursday mornings.

NDSU hires IPM scouts to track the progression of insect and disease issues across the state. The IPM scouting reports are also published in the NDSU Crop and Pest report. To get subscribed go to and click the “subscribe now” button to receive the publication in your email.

To give you an idea of the information you will get from the NDSU Crop and Pest Report, I want to share Dr. Dave Franzen’s (NDSU Extension soil specialist) article about fertilization in a drought. Here is his article:

Fertilization needs to happen whether we are in a drought or not. In our region, early spring drought does not necessarily translate into a growing season drought, so planning for a normal crop would be prudent. In addition, crop insurance rules dictate that normal cropping practices need to be maintained.


Although recommendations regarding fertilizer applied with the seed for some crops are similar, pushing rates towards the upper limit when the soil is dry would not be wise, as fertilizer tends to concentrate around the seed when soil dries, whereas if the soil is moist the fertilizer tends to be more disperse.

For more information, contact Alicia Harstad at the Stutsman County Extension office at 701-252-9030 or

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