Small grain pathologists and others in the region are reporting some of the first indications of rust infecting wheat.
The Red River Valley wheat crop couldn’t look better this year - at least the wheat in those areas that haven’t experienced flooding, hail, or tornadoes. As we all know, a good stand today doesn’t automatically mean a great harvest. Much depends on what happens to the crop until the time it is put into the bin.
Alfalfa first cut is finally underway in the northwest and west central regions of the state. Multiple reports are coming in from areas that weevil larvae are also present and very visible during cutting. According to Doug Holen, Extension Educator for Crops in Fergus Falls, farmers are seeing numerous larvae collecting on the cutter bar as equipment moves through the field.
The cereal disease situation is very important to begin monitoring. What about insects in our small grains? Actually, insect activity has been pretty quiet. The insect we tend to focus on early is going to be aphids, particularly Bird-cherry oat and English grain aphids.