Nurturing Parents Program Coming to 10 Communities
Posted by KSJB News on 8/18/2017 12:40:00 PM.


BISMARCK, N.D (LuWanna Lawrence). – Child abuse and neglect is preventable. The Nurturing Parenting Program is proven to help families replace negative parenting practices, establish a nurturing way of life and develop healthier, stronger relationships.

Authorities Identify Body Found West of Streeter
Posted by KSJB News on 8/17/2017 6:15:00 PM.


STREETER. ND – Stutsman County authorities are investigating the death of 25 year old Garrick Bonnet of Streeter.

North Central Farmers and Wheat Growers Seeking to Merge
Posted by KSJB News on 8/17/2017 10:24:00 AM.
ABERDEEN, S.D., (AP) - The boards of two agriculture co-ops in the Dakotas have decided to hold a second vote among their members about merging.

Roth Named to Lead New Entrepreneur Center
Posted by KSJB News on 8/17/2017 10:19:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN, ND:(Dalla Rosin) - The Jamestown Regional Entrepreneur Center (JREC) hired Katherine Roth as its Executive Director. Ms. Roth began her new role on August 15, 2017.

City Reports Some Progress with Garbage Containers
Posted by KSJB News on 8/16/2017 11:53:00 AM.


JAMESTOWN - Jay Sveum, Deputy City Auditor/HRO for the City of Jamestown announced that crews from Rehrig Pacific have distributed the majority of the brown garbage containers to Jamestown single family households, mobile homes and most multi-unit housing (apartment) facilities.

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  • Monsanto Responds to Dicamba Drama
    Off-target movement of dicamba is the big story coming out of this growing season. Monsanto vice president of global strategy Scott Partridge said the company is making in-person field inspections with all of its farmer-customers. "It is too early to make conclusions about the off-target movement, but many cases are related to things like tank clean-out and boom height," he says. Regarding volatility, Partridge says it shouldn’t be an issue with XtendiMax with VaporGrip. "In over 1,200 tests over 25 fields, if our product is applied in accordance with the label, it will not move off-target. That reduction in volatility has been really important." Partridge adds, "We know there is a fair amount of generic dicamba out there. I'm confident the evidence will show that a lot of that was used in Arkansas where our product was not approved." Scientific specialists are involved in the investigation of each case. In addition to walking affected fields, weather data is analyzed. There is also an opportunity to go over equipment and discuss label requirements. "Down south, we're seeing a grow-out of a lot of the impacted acres. We saw initial cupping in fields that is not going to result in economic or yield loss." An extensive training program will be in place for the 2018 growing season. Partridge expects Xtend acres to increase next year, which he attributes to the trait’s ability to increase yield and profitability.    
  • Red, White and Beef
    The North Dakota Beef Commission is hosted a beef cook-off competition and picnic Friday at the Grand Forks Air Force Base. Nancy Jo Bateman, North Dakota Beef Commission executive director, says the event is meant to be fun, yet educational. She says beef is an easy and nutritious meal to make, and fits well into active military lifestyles. "In North Dakota, we're extremely proud of the ranchers that produce beef for people all across the world. Obviously a lot of these military men and women are very healthy, active people, and we're reassuring them that beef is safe, delicious and affordable." Bateman says the commission worked with the commissary on base to provide beef for the competition, which is then used to prepare the dishes. "The 8 to 10 teams get their creative ideas going and put together amazing beef dishes. What we get a kick out of as ranchers is when you say competition, the military takes it to a whole new level." Bateman adds, "North Dakota beef producers are extremely proud of these military men and women for keeping us safe and able to do the things we enjoy doing, which is feeding the world great beef."
  • NCFE and Wheat Growers to Vote on Merger Again
    Ballots will be sent to members at the end of this month for a vote that would bring together Wheat Growers and North Central Farmers Elevator. Both co-ops are based in South Dakota; Wheat Growers in Aberdeen and North Central in Ipswich. A similar merger vote took place two years ago. Approval came from the Wheat Growers membership, but it failed by 26 votes within North Central.  Wheat Growers Board President Hal Clemensen says another was scheduled because "members from both boards expressed concern with drought conditions and the current farm economy." If approved, the new company will be headquartered in Aberdeen. Chris Pearson, who took over as the Wheat Growers CEO on August 1, will lead the new co-op. The current NCFE CEO Mike Nickolas will oversee the new company’s grain division. Clemensen said this will be an entirely new company with its own culture and a new name. "The only thing we are telling members is the name will not be Wheat Growers, North Central or the name used last time." A special member meeting will be held September 28 to announce the results of the unification vote.
  • Hay Donations Arrive
    The first donated hay will arrive at North Dakota State University Friday for the North Dakota Department of Agriculture hay lottery. Five or six semi-loads of hay are expected from Ag Community Relief, a Michigan-based volunteer organization. Dr. Greg Lardy, head of the NDSU Animal Science Department, says the department is excited to be a part of the donation process and appreciative of the ranchers who will benefit. "We're thankful for all the work that's gone into the logistics and donations to make this happen from the folks in Michigan," he says. "There are many partnerships that span multiple businesses and entities." Lardy adds that there is still much optimism throughout the ranching community. "I've talked to several ranchers that are interested and certainly plan on applying for the lottery. They're just really thankful for the work that has gone into getting it to this point."
  • A New Seed Treatment Option
    Cool, wet soils can result in seedling diseases like Pythium and Rhizoctonia. Mycogen Seeds agronomy marketing manager Andrew Hoffman advises corn farmers to use seed treatments to protect the crop from early season disease and insects. He says planting/germination is the most important time in a corn crop's life. "A good, robust seed treatment package will help protect that plant from any early season diseases or threats, which will also offer good emergence and consistency." Overall, Hoffman hopes growers will see elevated stand quality, which should equate to better yields later in the season. Mycogen is introducing its new REVONTEK seed treatment for its corn and silage hybrids in 2018.
  • Scout for Mites and Caterpillars
    In the latest North Dakota State University Crop and Pest Report, farmers are advised to scout for spider mites and thistle caterpillars in soybean fields. The pests have been identified in north central, central and southeast areas of North Dakota. Dr. Janet Knodel, entomologist, NDSU Extension, says hot, dry conditions stressed soybeans, making the crop more susceptible to infestations. "Usually the mites are moving in from the field edges. Often, they are found in alfalfa and other forage fields. When the fields are cut for hay, mites start to move into soybean fields." Knodel also says the second generation of thistle caterpillars are being found in soybeans. "In most of the fields I've looked at or received calls about, they are not spraying because levels are below threshold, which is 25 percent defoliation." She says the caterpillars are usually noticable by holes and webbing in the top leaves.
  • Next Steps
    After participating in the North Dakota Soybean Council weed resistance tour to Nebraska, Stutsman County Extension agent Alicia Harstad sees the importance of passing on that education. "We’re hoping to get programming materials put together. Some things we’ll focus on are application methods, getting back to the basics, nozzle selection and pressure. We’ll also talk about herbicide stewardship, mode of action and how we rotate modes of action.”
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