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CORN TALK September/October 2016

A Publication for North Dakota Corn Growers Association Members






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EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S COMMENTS DALE IHRY, NDCUC AND NDCGA EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Corn farmers and friends: here is hoping that harvest is rolling along. Corn acres and yields: Earlier this summer, corn plantings in the US and North Dakota were estimated to be “at or near record levels.” The latest data from NASS and FSA shows 2016 corn plantings for the US at 94.1 million acres (3rd highest) and a record yield of 175.1 bu/acre and production totaling 15.2 billion bushels; with North Dakota planting 3.3 million acres (3rd highest) and a record yield of 135 bu/acre and record production of 439 million bushels, if realized. By all accounts, with the exception of weather related losses, the corn crop looks formidable. ND Corn Growers continues its work on trade and export policy. The ND Corn Council continues its work with

support of NCGA and USGC to enhance efforts on corn and corn by-product usage and exports. At the annual NCGA meeting in Washington DC, the ND Corn delegation met with our Congressional delegation and three other state Congressional members. It was interesting educating and discussing farm issues with these folks. A variety of subjects were discussed: EPA and OHSA overreach, ethanol production and capacity, exports, farm bill – ARC and RMA programs. Some progress is being made on issues raised. Discussions have started on the farm bill, both the current and future. If you have thoughts or concerns, please contact me or our board members. Farm safety is always important on the farm, especially during this time of the year when you are putting in long hours harvesting, drying and moving product, along with moving and working livestock for winter. Please remain safe and have a bountiful 2016 harvest.

NORTH DAKOTA LIVESTOCK SUMMIT SCOTT GERMAN, NDCUC CHAIRMAN In early August North Dakota Agriculture Commissioner Doug Goehring held a livestock summit in Bismarck. The ND Department of Health, commodity groups and other agriculture organizations attended the summit. The purpose of this summit was to unite the agriculture sector and promote animal livestock within our state. Along with the North Dakota groups, an organization from South Dakota called Ag United attended. Ag United was formed back in 2004 to promote livestock within South Dakota. This is an organization with a staff of 3 people that has had tremendous success in uniting the livestock industry and producers interested in livestock on their


farms. Ag United is funded by the commodity groups and various other agriculture groups. Ag United has worked on identifying locations (whether it’s cities, counties or townships) that are livestock friendly. They work with the South Dakota Department of Health and potential industry players assisting them in the permitting process. Ag United has agreed to show us their blueprint on things that have worked well and things that have failed. One of the duties of the Corn Council is to promote the use of corn. One sector where I feel we have tremendous opportunity to expand is the livestock sector. As I stated in our last newsletter, corn fed to animals within our state could use improvement. Ag United is a successful model that could work in the state of North Dakota to grow and expand our livestock industry. Have a safe and successful harvest.

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SUMMER RECAP CARSON KLOSTERMAN, NDCGA PRESIDENT Hello corn growers, hoping you are all ready to get after the long grind of harvest. One goal of the NDCGA is to recruit more farmer members to participate in improving legislative and governmental programs at both state and national levels. I’ve learned in my young farm career that it pays to be persistent and have farmers behind you when you speak. The more members, the stronger the voice. To meet our membership growth goal, we will be sending a membership mailer this fall to corn growers in the state. If you are a member, please encourage your farmer friends to join the Association.





3 VARIETIES OF SOY AND CORN • 600 total Soybean—200 total Corn 2 VARIETIES OF SUNFLOWER AND CANOLA • 65 total Sunflower—60 total Canola

3 VARIETIES OF SOY AND CORN • 400 total Soybean—150 total Corn 2 VARIETIES OF SUNFLOWER AND CANOLA • 45 total Sunflower—40 total Canola




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3 VARIETIES OF SOY AND CORN • 240 total Soybean—80 total Corn 2 VARIETIES OF SUNFLOWER AND CANOLA • 25 total Sunflower—20 total Canola

2 VARIETIES OF SOY AND CORN • 200 total Soybean—60 total Corn 2 VARIETIES OF SUNFLOWER AND CANOLA • 20 total Sunflower—16 total Canola



Here’s a recap of some important issues that we worked on over the summer: For the 2017 crop year, Risk Management Agency is reviewing the corn premium rates. We have provided data showing that the past few years of low loss levels should support a better rating with lower premiums in 2017. We have asked that RMA leave the current prevent plant policy provisions in place for 2017. With a wet summer and fall, there is concern about prevent plant issues next spring. We clarified with the USDA that they will use both published and unpublished county NASS yield data to help alleviate yield disparities between counties, when possible, for the ARC-CO program in the 2015 crop year. We also worked with USDA to encourage farmers to complete the NASS crop surveys, which will be mailed in October. One final issue tackled was a modification of the Biofuels Infrastructure Program (BIP) for ND. USDA offered $1.2 million to cost-share ethanol pumps and storage tanks. The NDCGA worked with the ND Department of Commerce, ND Ethanol Council and our congressional delegation to request enhancements to the program.



Have a great harvest.

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EXTRACTING VALUE THIS FALL MANAGING RESIDUE Aaron Aarestad Crop Production Services ND/ NE MT/NW MN Division Seed Manager Loveland Products

given our limited time in the fall, and the fact that warmer temperatures accelerate the breakdown process as the bacteria are more active. Most combines spread the straw and chaff okay, but the larger headers are making it more difficult with the amount of material going through the machine and out the back. This leads to strips in the field the following year where the crop residues keep the ground cooler and tie up nutrients, which in turn can lead

One of the things we all do every summer into early fall is make determinations on what to change for next spring. A lot of those changes will start right now with looking at corn stalk integrity, pollination dates, dry down, and disease resistance to name a few. In addition to that making some changes or plans on what fields to plant next year’s corn on may need some special consideration with regard to residue management. This spring saw a lot of pockets where the soil had tremendous variability in moisture down 4 inches, this in turn affected emergence dramatically with plants emerging at different times. While there isn’t much we can do about spring rains or soil moisture outside of managing trips across the field or no-till, we can minimize some of the impacts of hair pinning or excessive crop residue affecting emergence. One way to do this is to utilize Extract from Loveland Products, a proprietary blend of fertilizer biocatalysts (Accomplish LM and Ammonium Thiosulphate) which helps break down plant material faster along with speeding up the process of nutrient release from the residue. Applied in the fall this product goes on at 1 gallon per acre plus 1 gallon of 28% nitrogen solution to provide a food source for the bacteria to start breaking down the trash. It can be mixed with other herbicides in a fall burn down including glyphosate (Mad Dog 5.4), dicamba (Rifle or Strut), and 2,4D (Salvo). A number of fields will need to be treated this fall with a herbicide given the spring situation we had with dandelion, Canada thistle, and foxtail barley to name a few. This program obviously works better on wheat and soybean stubble


to uneven stands. The other benefit we are evaluating is saving a pass with a vertical tillage tool in the spring to get the ground ready for planting. Reports from this past season, have suggested that the Extract treated side only required one pass to make a good seed bed. We’ve done some work with applying this in the spring on corn and sunflower residue as well, and it does help even though it isn’t on very long. Here we are not going to try to gain so much on residue breakdown as much as getting more of the nutrients tied up in the residue to release quicker to be made available for the crop. We have a very compressed schedule raising corn here in the north country, so in addition to working with our local seed experts to pick the right products, we need to give those products every opportunity to excel. Getting the corn up out of the ground fast and even, then getting the residues to break down quicker to give us the late season boost we need, will help get us to the next level of corn production.

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CURRENT EVENTS AND RELEVANCE OF THE HERBICIDE ATRAZINE DR. GRANT MEHRING AND DR. RICH ZOLLINGER, NDSU DEPARTMENT OF PLANT SCIENCES The popular and effective herbicide atrazine is under review by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), a 15-year annual process for pesticides. The EPA recently released a draft ecological risk assessment for review, which has been met with apprehension. The EPA has a current level of concern (LOC) for atrazine in aquatic life of 10 parts per billion (ppb). The new proposal has a lowered LOC of 3.4 ppb. It is estimated that the new proposal would cut the average field application rates to ½ pound of atrazine per acre nationwide. In light of the current state of this chemical and its importance to North Dakota agriculture, NDSU Extension Weed Specialist Dr. Rich Zollinger has provided us a thorough background of the chemical through a regional and state perspective: Prior to the year 2000, atrazine was not used to a significant extent in corn grown in North Dakota because the residue would carryover and kill wheat seeded the following year. Atrazine was registered for use in corn in the mid-1950s and rates as high as 4 lbs/A was used for weed control in the mid-west because there were few other herbicides available. Atrazine breakdown is rapid in low pH soils and slow in high pH soils. The high pH of most North Dakota soils causes a very slow degradation of atrazine and the residue would kill most rotation crops for 3 to 4 years. In the mid-1990’s research was conducted by Dr. Alan Dexter, NDSU Extension Sugarbeet Weed Specialist, and I to determine the lowest atrazine rate that would enhance

post emergence corn herbicides and to measure safety/ tolerance to rotational crops planted the following year. Atrazine at 0.38 lb ai/A (0.75 pt 4L or 0.42 lbs 90DF) significantly increased weed control when applied with post emergence herbicides and was safe to all rotational crops, even the most susceptible crops of alfalfa and sugarbeet. We also found the approximate ranking of crops from most to least tolerant is corn, sorghum, millet, flax, soybean, barley, wheat, oat, sunflower, canola/mustard, alfalfa, and sugarbeet. Soybean is more tolerant than wheat or alfalfa and is tolerant to atrazine rates of 0.5 lb ai/A or higher applied the previous year. Atrazine at 0.38 lbs/A is a much lower rate than the 2 lbs/A that is used in the mid-west. In North Dakota, it is not recommended to apply atrazine to the soil as a preemergence application. If applied to the soil much of the atrazine herbicide applied at the low rate would be inactivated by binding to soil particles and organic matter and unavailable for weed control. Atrazine provides the greatest weed control when applied post emergence in combination with other registered herbicides. Atrazine at 0.38 lbs/A adds significant weed control at a very economical price of $1.00/A. This active ingredient enhances all postemergence herbicides registered in corn, including glyphosate. Atrazine is not used alone but in combination with other registered postemergence herbicides. There are no weeds that have developed resistance to atrazine in North Dakota. Redroot pigweed, waterhemp, lambquarters, and ragweed have developed resistance to atrazine in mid-western states but this resulted from decades of use at high rates which did not occur in North Dakota. The new proposal to reduce the average field application rates of atrazine to ½ pound per acre nationwide would not significantly affect current atrazine use in North Dakota as our standard rate is 0.38 lbs ai/A. In conclusion, we hope that this knowledge of the chemical atrazine will add to the thinking about how this proposed change to the use of atrazine impacts producers in North Dakota.

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HOENHAUSES SHARE THEIR TOP 5 COVER CROP TIPS DR. ABBEY WICK - NDSU EXTENSION SOIL HEALTH SPECIALIST Soil health goes hand-in-hand with cover crops. Success stories are in almost every national magazine - farmers who are using cover crops to reduce erosion, manage water in soils or build soil fertility. But, despite all the benefits described and indications that it’s working, using cover crops can still seem challenging and farmers wonder if there is enough of a growing season in North Dakota to see those same benefits. That’s why tips from North Dakota farmers using these practices and the benefits they are seeing are the best information available. Andy and Mitch Hoenhause, who farm over 4,000 acres in Lisbon, have been no-till for the last 15 years and using cover crops for 11 years. When it comes to recommendations for inter-seeding cover crops into corn or different cover crop species to try after a cash crop, Andy and Mitch are a couple of the farmers that many, including me, turn to for advice. These tips will work for no-till or conventional till systems – doesn’t matter, so pick what works for you. What is their first tip? Tip #1: Ask yourself, “why are you using a cover crop?” and establish a goal. This is the only way you will know if using cover crops was a success or not. Some goals may be: manage moisture, build organic matter, weed management, reduce erosion or grazing. Often the goal of “building soil health” is a difficult one to measure, so pick something more specific. This goal will help you come up with a game plan and also help determine if it was a success. In the case of Andy and Mitch, they started using cover crops with the goal of managing excess moisture in their no-till soils following a wheat crop. Extra moisture under wheat residue seemed to be the biggest challenge, where the soil water “bank” was full and they were fighting the extra moisture during planting the following year. Here’s their next tip: Tip #2: Cover crops help use excess moisture when converting to and maintaining reduced till systems. The deep roots of the cover crops (especially when planted


following a small grain) can use moisture evenly throughout the soil profile and keep those fields from being waterlogged in the spring. This type of “even” moisture usage throughout the soil profile cannot be achieved with tillage. Tillage dries out the zone that is tilled, i.e. the surface until the plow pan. When measured in the fall, surface soils in Andy and Mitch’s fields average 35-36% moisture in no-till field without cover crops and 25-27% moisture under no-till plus cover crops. Conventionally tilled fields without cover crops in the area ranged between 10-12% moisture. Use these values in reference to each other where: no-till no cover > no-till with cover crop > conventional tillage. By using cover crops, they achieved their goal of using excess moisture following a wheat crop. Andy (left) and Mitch (right) check out the roots on cover crops planted after a pea crop.

The Hoenhauses don’t just use cover crops where they are worried about excess moisture, they use them on their sandier soil too where moisture is limiting. So, now the question is, “don’t the cover crops use up all that extra moisture they are going to need for a cash crop on their sandy soils?” This is totally counter-intuitive, but leads to the next tip: Tip #3: Cover crops can help maintain moisture on sandier soils. The Hoenhauses use cover crops to increase organic matter on their sandier soils – more organic matter equals greater water holding capacity. Also, having the extra residue on the surface and the cover crop canopy reduces soil moisture evaporation from wind and heat. Established cover crops serve as obstacles to slow the wind speeds at the surface and also shade the surface to reduce soil

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HOENHAUSES (CONT.) temperatures. Less wind and lower temps result in more moisture staying in the soil. This benefit can sometimes outweigh the water usage by the cover crop. As a result, they are seeing more consistent yields of cash crops grown on the patchwork of sandy and fine textured soils across their fields. The Hoenhauses grow corn, soybean, peas, wheat, sunflower, cereal rye, alfalfa, radish and oats. They want to include cover crops after every crop, especially when grazing different quarters across the farm. However, there is enough time for cover crop to establish well only after crops that are harvested early, like peas, oats, wheat and cereal rye. Fitting cover crops in, for example, after a late crop like corn requires giving the cover crop a jump start in growth through inter-seeding. How they do this has shifted over the years - from spreader boxes on the front of a sprayer, to renting a row gator with a spinner box, to an inter-seeding unit built from stuff in their tree rows, to flying it on. They now use a side-dress unit that they’ve modified to be able to inter-seed cover crops at the same time as they side-dress. On to our next tip: Tip #4: Andy and Mitch have had good luck establishing cover crops in corn by inter-seeding between the 5 to 8 leaf stages (or knee high). The modifications they have made to their side-dress unit allow them to place the cover crop seed between the 30” corn rows and to get a little soil covering the seed with rolling spider gangs. They feel that they get the best establishment when soil is covering the seed. Putting down small seeded cover crops (they use around 3 lbs radish and 2 lbs turnip) is also a benefit because those seeds can germinate with very little moisture. The cover crops establish under the corn, but there is little competition between the cover crop and the corn at this stage. Once the corn is harvested, the cover crop grows quickly and they can graze the standing corn stalks and cover crop. They have successfully gotten enough cover crop growth after corn harvest for grazing and to make the seed costs worth-while by using inter-seeding. Getting more diversity on farm is a goal of the Hoenhauses. An “additional crop” adds different root structures and

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organic matter types to the soil. They have gotten excellent establishment when they literally follow the combine (peas, oats, wheat and cereal rye) with the drill full of cover crop seed. So, what do they put in their mix to get more diversity? Our next tip:

Earthworms strive in healthy soils fed by cover crops and protected by residue.

Tip #5: The Hoenhauses seed whatever is in the shed because anything growing is better than nothing growing and adds diversity. They don’t think you need anything special or some complicated cocktail mix to get that diversity. In general, sticking to the cool season grass and broadleaf cover crops is the best approach. There isn’t a long enough growing season after harvest to justify the expense of warm season cover crop seed and you get little establishment. Clovers also don’t do that well in North Dakota because there is not enough time to grow after harvest of a cash crop. They try to get diversity, but they also appreciate simplicity. They do; however, consider herbicide residual when it comes to their mixes. Herbicide residual is so variable, depending on moisture, organic matter content, timing, rate etc., so they go based on experience. There are guides to get you started online, just search “herbicide residual cover crop”. When it comes to meeting their on-farm goals, Andy and Mitch see the value in including cover crops as part of their no-till system. By meeting those goals using cover crops, they are also making their soils healthier. Use these tips to help you get started and then find other farmers by attending soil health workshops and field days (information posted on This will help you continue to learn more and keep tweaking your management using cover crops.


MANAGE INPUTS WITHOUT SACRIFICING YIELD 2. Set realistic yield goals for your fertility program. a. Use soil test results to establish rates of yield-limiting nutrients and apply only the nutrients a field requires.

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b. Prioritize fertilizer resources for use in the most productive fields. c. Use starter fertilizers with phosphorus (P) and potassium (K). d. Use precision technology to vary nitrogen (N), P, and K rates and reduce over application of nutrients.

During tough economic times it’s good to review the proven practices that support optimum corn yield potential. Consider the potential impact of cutting input costs on corn yield potential. Focus on potential return/acre not just cost. A period of low commodity prices is not the time to make dramatic changes in your production practices and take risks that can cut yield potential.

e. Use N efficiently by sidedressing before the V8 stage of corn growth. 2 If time does not allow sidedressing all fields, use the late spring nitrate test to determine which fields may benefit most from sidedress applications. 3. Scout weeds, insects, diseases intensively a. Don’t compromise your weed control program. Corn is sensitive to early season weed competition. Pre residual herbicides followed by timely early post provide the best protection for corn yield potential.2 Invest in a solid weed program that includes pre residual herbicides, multiple sites of action tank mixtures. Target most yield limiting weed species.

Proven Practices Environmental conditions dictate the most important management decision is corn product selection.1 Product selection determines management decisions farmers make during a growing season. The main management objective is to reduce stress on corn plants during the growing season. Conventional or non-traited corn may cost less but there may be additional management intensity and timely application of products to control weeds, insects, and diseases for products or practices that replace insect and herbicide resistant traits.

b. Seed treatments and insect-protected corn products with multiple modes of action can provide broadspectrum control of insects in corn. If you plant conventional seed, there will be a need to invest in a intensive scouting program to identify insect problems before the economic thresholds are exceeded. Be ready to make timely insecticide applications. The additional management input and cost of insecticide applications may offset the perceived advantage of cheaper seed.

1. Purchase superior genetics not low cost seed. a. Focus on proven yield potential, maturity, drydown, and standability.

c. European corn borer (ECB) populations still threaten non-Bt corn products. An analysis of historical ECB damage in Minnesota estimated that Bt corn for ECB provided an average benefit of $17.24/acre.3

b. Corn product selection should be based on reliable yield trial data and multi-location averages and consistency of performance.

d. Timely pesticide applications are critical in conventional corn.

c. Use the insect-protection and herbicide-tolerant traits that fit pest situations for each field.

e. The best disease program is selecting corn products with resistance.

d. In University of Wisconsin trials, up to a 42% swing in yield potential can hinge on the corn product selection decision. 1

f. Pay close attention to anthracnose, northern corn leaf blight, diplodia, Fusarium, and Gibberella. 4. Crop rotation can help boost yield potential, manage pest infestations, and provide nutrients from legume crops.

e. Adjust seeding rates to field conditions for optimum yield potential and calibrate the planter to use seed efficiently.

Sources: 1

Lauer, J. 2015. Do we grow another bushel or save a buck? Agronomy Advice. University of Wisconsin.


Smith, D. 2015. 9 ways to cut input costs without sacrificing yield. Farm Journal, Agweb online.

Ostlie, K.R., Hutchison, W.D., and Hellmich, R.L. Bt corn and European corn borer, long-term success through resistance management. University of Minnesota. 3


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BANQUET IN A FIELD For the third year, Common Ground North Dakota held Banquet in a Field at Peterson Farms Seed in Prosper, ND on August 2nd. The ND Corn Council funded and assisted with planning the event. The event brought together 144 guests and volunteers in the middle of Carl and Julie Peterson’s farm at Peterson Farms Seed. Guests enjoyed a multi-course meal featuring 12 North Dakota crops, 3 meats, honey and dairy products, prepared by food-writers and chefs Tony and Sarah Nasello and NDSU Meat Sciences. Event staff included 28 CommonGround North Dakota volunteers, 11 North Dakota FFA members, and six 4H members from Sargent County. CommonGround North Dakota is a group of farm women volunteers working to bring clarity to discussions about food and farming.

A photo booth with props was available for guests to commemorate their experience at Banquet in a Field.

The purpose of Banquet in a Field is to create an opportunity for conversations about how food is grown and raised, ultimately providing an educational opportunity that eliminates fear or misinformation. With 116 of the 144 guests not involved in agriculture, the banquet provides a setting for the farmers and ranchers to openly answer questions and discuss food and their personal experiences. Prior to the sit-down dinner, guests toured crop plots to learn more about each crop and tasted appetizers featuring the food grown in those fields. ND Corn Council staff and Council chairman Scott German participated in the event. German was able to enjoy the meal and conversation about food and farming with the guests not involved with agriculture. NDCUC/ NDCGA Executive Director Dale Ihry called the event “one of the best educational events” he has been involved in throughout his career.

COMPLETE YOUR NASS CROP SURVEY! This fall, selected farmers will be mailed a NASS survey. NASS survey results are important in determining the implementation of farm payments and programs you depend on—from the ARC-CO and PLC Programs to crop insurance yields and prices and even farm appraisals. Please take the time to participate in the survey process. If NASS does not receive an adequate number of farmer-completed surveys from your county, they must use other less reliable sources of data to calculate the

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actual production numbers that impact you. With fewer farmers completing surveys, NASS is already unable to publish reliable data for many counties and – if the trend continues – many more are at risk. Farm programs and payments are too important to rely on third party sources and best guesses. Play an active role in ensuring fair implementation of farm programs in your county. This is about your bottom line. Take the time to complete the NASS crop survey.


SOIL HEALTH TOUR On June 29 and 30, NDSU Extension and University of Minnesota Extension held the Soil Health Tour in southeastern North Dakota. The tour showcased projects funded by North Dakota and Minnesota commodity groups, including the North Dakota Corn Council. Topics included conservation tillage, salinity/sodicity management, cover crops and more. ND Corn staff and several board members attended the tour. Terry Wehlander, Corn Council member, was featured on the tour. Wehlander has worked with Dr. Abbey Wick,

Terry Wehlander discusses how his farm has utilized cover crops to improve salinity in soil.

NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist, to improve his farm land with the use of cover crops. The Speich farm was also featured on the tour discussing sodic soil and weed management. Kyle Speich is a board member for the ND Corn Growers. Carson Klosterman, NDCGA president, presented at the tour on the equipment he uses for interseeding cover crops into row crops. Over 100 people from several states participated in the two day tour. The tour was a great opportunity to -- Comments from a meet farmers Soil Health Tour participant and industry leaders from around the region, as well as visit research projects funded by corn checkoff dollars. Plans are being made for the 2017 Soil Health Tour which will be help in Morris, MN. For more information and for future events regarding soil health, visit

“The field day was excellent and taught at a level that was easily understandable. I will take a lot away from this field day. Thank you!”

NDCUC SUPPORTS 4H CAMP Over 550 4-Her’s enjoyed newly renovated and expanded 4-H Camp near Washburn, ND this summer. The ND Corn Council helped fund these renovations and expansion. Campers explored many new opportunities while attending the experiential camps, including becoming ATV, boat and water safety certified, and creating unique pieces of art using recyclable materials. In addition, the always-popular Adventure, Horse, Livestock and Outdoor Survivor camps were well-attended.

Cottonwood Cabin is one of the newly renovated cabins funded by the North Dakota Corn Council.

4-H youth and staff were especially appreciative of the cooling and heating comforts that were part of the renovation of the existing cabins and dining hall. Plus, the additional programming opportunities provided by the new 4-H education center allowed campers the space for more hands-on learning.


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OBSERVATIONS FROM SUMMER John Flaa District Sales Manager Proseed

In my trade area, there is rarely a similar growing season from year to year. This year was no exception. Too dry, too wet, hail, wind, IDC issues, SCN issues, weed resistance issues, you name it. All these variables bring challenges throughout the growing season. As I write this in late August, my mind goes from “back to school” events to harvest concerns and expectations. I remember it being quite hot and dry during corn pollination. When looking at Proseed’s research trials, you can see many differences in how well pollination went. Many early planted and early flowering varieties did just fine. Some early planted and late flowering varieties got nipped a bit. I plant the same hybrids in research trials at different locations and different plant dates. With 8-10 usable locations scattered around our trade area, we get many different looks at potential new corn hybrids. I also remember seedbeds that were so dry that we kind of had 2 different emergence dates on corn…the first 20,000 coming right away and the last 10-15K coming after it rained. At the time, these areas looked pretty tough, but Mother Nature has a way of making things even out, and right now they don’t look too bad. Thankfully, the two dates weren’t that far apart. Again, this isn’t something we like to see in research trials, but it isn’t a bad thing to see new experimental hybrids under non- ideal conditions. In many areas in the southern part of my trade area I remember seeing drought stressed corn and being quite nervous. It eventually rained and everything appears OK, but some yield potential was lost. Hybrids definitely shortened up a bit and that is the most noticeable thing I see now, except in the severely drought stressed areas. The stress came late enough that yield potential was already set, and set pretty high. So even in biased areas, like previous crop beets, things aren’t a train wreck. We definitely didn’t fill potential, but close to average is in the picture I think. And again, it is nice to

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see research trials in some of these areas. Some hybrids look quite different under a bit of drought stress and it’s a great thing to see from my end. I was walking trials last week and the corn is moving right along. It’s shaping up to be an early harvest from what I see so far. Bad drought stress, hail (which can increase stalk rots and decrease late season plant health), and European Corn Borer damage in conventional fields can all push things along faster than normal and lead to harvest loss. Keep an eye on suspect fields and put them first on the to- do list. Three observations that were glaringly apparent this growing season occurred in soybeans. • IDC was tough and widespread. IDC is a moving target, has many components, and varies in severity from year to year. Top IDC varieties stood out this year more than in previous years. Separation between the Excellent varieties and Good varieties was evident this year. That is not always the case. Again, it’s a great thing for guys like me to see and fine tune IDC scores and recommendations made to growers. • SCN is widespread. We have known this for awhile, but this year more than ever. Many perceived SCN issues fall under the “Bad IDC variety” and shouldn’t. I’m sure Sam Markell’s SCN testing program will find yet more SCN areas than in previous years. Make sure if you are planting SCN resistant varieties, the variety expresses good SCN resistance…there is a wide range. • Finally, in my travels I see resistant weeds everywhere. Waterhemp, Common Ragweed, and Kochia. It will only get worse if not treated with respect, if not fear. Pre’s should be used and I am sure demand for both Liberty Link and RR2 XTEND varieties will be huge. Don’t get caught with your pants down. Have a safe harvest, thanks for the business, and have a great fall hunting season.


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2017 PHOTO CONTEST We are now accepting entries for the 2017 ND Corn Photo Contest! The entries submitted in prior years have been outstanding and we look forward to seeing the submissions this year! Rules: • Photographs must be taken in North Dakota. • Photos must depict the corn industry. • Photographs must be taken by an amateur.

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Photographs must be emailed to by Friday, January 6, 2017. Please include your full name and phone number so that we may contact you if you’re chosen a winner.


Cash prizes will be awarded to the entries chosen as 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. Submitted photographs may be used in ND Corn marketing and promotional pieces.

SKUNES ELECTED TO NCGA CORN BOARD The National Corn Growers Association's (NCGA) Corn Board has elected Kevin Skunes of Arthur, ND to become the organization's first vice president for fiscal year 2017, which begins Oct. 1, 2016. Kevin will become President of NCGA for fiscal year 2018.

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"NCGA's success can be attributed, in large part, to the quality of farmers who have stepped forward to lead the MYCOGENL6014_Readel_Print_Ad_4.25x5.5.indd 1 8/26/16 “I look forward to working with our grower leadership over organization, and we strongly believe that Kevin will continue the coming years to find innovative, impactful ways to grow this fine tradition," said NCGA President Chip Bowling. the demand for our growing crop," said Skunes. Skunes continually demonstrates his dedication to farmers and his willingness to work tirelessly on their behalf." Skunes, his wife, Betty, and their two sons farm 4,900 acres of corn and soybeans in Cass County. On the national level, Skunes serves as the board liaison to NCGA's Grower Service Action Team and as the association's representation to the National Pork Producers Council. Previously, he served as the Corn Board liaison to NCGA's Trade Policy and Biotechnology Action Team, on the Association Relations Committee and on the Finance Committee. He served as a member of NCGA's Ethanol and Finance Committees prior to election to the Corn Board.

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Current Corn Board First Vice President Wesley Spurlock, President Chip Bowling and incoming First Vice President Kevin Skunes.



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ND CORN GROWERS SCHOLARSHIPS SEE YOUR FARM IN A WHOLE NEW LIGHT. • Soil & Tissue Sampling • Prescription Planting • Hybrid Selection & Placement • In-Season Agronomic Support

The ND Corn Growers Association will offer (10) $1,000 scholarship to senior high school graduates and college students of ND Corn Growers members. Winners will be recognized at the noon luncheon at CornVention on February 8, 2017. There will be one winner chosen from each of the seven grower districts as well as three overall winners from all scholarship applications. Scholarship applications are available on our website,, now. Scholarships will be rated on the following: • Academic transcript • Resume • Activity participation • Career plans • Letters of Recommendation • Being a child of an ND Corn Grower member Applications must be postmarked by January 6, 2017. Completed applications can be mailed to the ND Corn Growers office. Good luck to all applicants!

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ND CORN CLASSIC The 14th annual ND Corn Classic golf tournament was a fundraising success for the North Dakota Corn Growers Association. The ND Corn Classic was held Wednesday, August 3 at the Maple River Golf Course in Mapleton, ND. There were about 150 golfing participants and 40 sponsors that donated meal, cart and hole sponsorships. Prizes were given for first, second and third place teams. Winning first prize was Bloomfield Enterprises. BASF was awarded second place and Channel Seed took home 3rd place. Prizes were also given for the Longest Putt Contest, Longest Drive, Closest to the Pin and the Putting Contest.

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The NDCGA thanks our sponsors, members, board members, Maple River Golf Course staff and golfers for their support and making this event a huge success! The Bloomfield Enterprises team of Jerod Kelley, Jareb Rahn, Ryan Knudson and Tim Kozojed took 1st place in the ND Corn Classic.


CORN CONGRESS The annual meeting of the National Corn Growers Association (NCGA) was held in Washington DC the week of July 18th, 2016. ND Corn sent a delegation of board members to the meetings. Highlights from the week’s meetings include a push by NCGA and other commodity groups to start thinking about the 2018 farm bill. The Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) proposed reduction of the herbicide atrazine in the United States was discussed. The North Dakota Corn Growers Association sent a postcard to all grower members asking them to respond to EPA’s efforts. The deadline to respond is October 4, 2016. If the atrazine level of use is lowered, the cost to farmers is $30 - $50/acre. Strategies were discussed to have the Renewable Fuel Standard raised by the EPA to 15.0 billion gallons. It was noticed that exports of ethanol have been growing as a result of efforts made by the US Grains Council. The ND Corn team met with staff from Senator Hoeven, Senator Heitkamp, Congressman Cramer’s office along with staff from the USDA to discuss ARC and PLC program issues, Risk Management programs, ethanol-renewable fuel standard levels and the EPA’s overreach in agriculture. The ND Corn team also met with Congressional staff from Florida and Washington to discuss common agriculture issues in both states. Much is gained by these discussions with NCGA and other agriculture leaders.

The ND Corn delegation with USDA’s Alexis Taylor and FSA’s Mike Schmidt.


BAKKO COMPLETES NEW LEADERS PROGR AM The National Corn Growers Association’s DuPont New Leaders Program concluded in July during Corn Congress in Washington, DC. 2016 marked the third year of this program. Twenty-six farmers from 15 states took part in the program, including Ben Bakko from Walcott, ND. The program aims to prepare participants to be strong advocates and leaders for today’s agriculture. The program kicked off in Des Moines, Iowa in January and also included activities at Commodity Classic. Monthly webinars in April through July focused on key issue areas and reports from participants on their interim activities. The program concluded during Corn Congress with policy meetings and meetings with members of Congress.



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The 2017 CornVention will be held on February 8, 2017 at the Holiday Inn in Fargo. The ND Corn Council is pleased to announce an exciting lineup of convention speakers:

The ND Corn Council participated in the Ag Education Center at the Red River Valley Fair (RRVF) held July 12-17.

• “Forecasting the 2017 Growing Season,” Mick Kjar, meteorologist • Soil Health panel, featuring moderator Dr. Abbey Wick, NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist; Terry Wehlander, farmer; and Lee Briese, Centrol Ag agronomist • “Advocating for Agriculture with Social Media,” Peterson Farm Brothers, farmers/agriculture advocates • Market Update, Bill Wilson, NDSU Department of Agribusiness & Applied Economics CornVention will also include a trade show and the annual meeting of the ND Corn Growers Association. Further details will be available in the next issue of Corn Talk.

“The Ag Education Center is a dedicated facility designed to educate ALL fairgoers about agriculture and where their food comes from,” says RRVF Sponsorship & Marketing Coordinator Katy Stenerson. The focus of the center is “Farm to Fork” and partners with local and regional agricultural groups for funding and exhibits. The exhibit displays are setup throughout the building which includes live animals and hands-on exhibits from many commodity groups. The center is not only about Red River Valley products, but includes other commodities grown in the US as well as an outdoor garden with locally grown vegetables. The ND Corn Council display educated about corn, including the 4 “F” uses, and 3 types of corn grown in North Dakota.

The Ag Education Center also featured a stage show, called “The Magic Bean,” funded partially by the Corn Council. This show ran three times per day and intends to educate all ages on the importance of agriculture and where their food comes from. Katelyn Blackwelder, Corn Council Communications Coordinator, gave a demonstration on how to prepare corn bread using a bread machine. Other demonstrations included honey extraction, a beef entree and soy food samples from the ND Soybean Council.

The Peterson Farm Brothers hail from Assaria, Kansas and are best known for their music video parodies about agriculture. Their videos have received over 40 million views on YouTube.

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“The Magic Bean” magic show is a blend of entertainment and education with a theme of “from the farm, to the kitchen.”


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BIG IRON FARM SHOW ND Corn staff and board members spent September 13th, 14th, and 15th at the Big Iron Farm Show at the Red River Valley Fairgrounds in West Fargo, ND. ND Corn staff and board members popped about 300 pounds of popcorn to give to visitors at the booth. About 200 new members were recruited to join the Corn Growers Association. Corn growers that registered for a new 3-year membership received an ND Corn Growers RTIC tumbler. The Big Iron Farm Show celebrated its 36th year in 2016. An estimated 70,000 people from across the US and several countries attended. Attendees were able to connect with peers, attend training sessions and demonstrations while enjoying the trade show with over 900 exhibit booths.

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NDSU Extension Soil Health Specialist Abbey Wick spoke to farmers about soil health.

(Left): Staff and board members popped about 300 pounds of popcorn to hand out to visitors! (Right): Board member Mike Clemens chats with Mick Kjar from Ag News 890.

ND CORN RACE NIGHT The ND Corn Growers Association and Tim Hoggarth from Rob-See-Co held a promotional night at the Red River Valley Speedway in West Fargo on August 12th. Staff and board members handed out promotional items prior to the races and encouraged fans to fuel their vehicles with a higher

blend of ethanol. The corn pickup served as the pace vehicle and took a few laps around the track. NDCGA was also able to cheer on racers Jarrett Carter and Jason Strand who are proponents of ethanol. Race night was a great way to promote ethanol and NDCGA and enjoy an evening of racing!

Staff and board members handed out promotional items prior to the start of the race.

NDCGA President Carson Klosterman, his wife Haley, and Logan Rayner, son of Corn Council member Jason Rayner, drove the corn pickup ahead of racers as the pace vehicle.

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NDCGA Board of Directors District 1 – Carson Klosterman: Wyndmere (President) District 1 – Andrew Braaten: Barney District 2 – Randy Melvin: Buffalo (Vice President) District 2 – Tim Kozojed: Hillsboro District 3 – Darren Kadlec: Pisek District 3 – Paul Thomas: Velva District 4 – Robert Hanson: Wimbeldon District 4 – Ryan Wanzek: Jamestown District 5 – Justin Halvorson: Sheldon District 5 - Kyle Speich: Milnor District 6 – Chris Erlandson: Oakes (Secretary/Treasurer) District 6 – Bart Schott: Kulm District 7 – Anthony Mock: Kintyre District 7 – Clark Price: Hensler

ND Corn Utilization Council District 1 – Arnie Anderson: Hankinson District 2 – Jason Rayner: Finley (Vice Chairman) District 3 – Paul Belzer: Cando District 4 – Dave Swanson: New Rockford District 5 – Terry Wehlander: DeLamere (Secretary) District 6 – Scott German: Oakes (Chairman) District 7 – Paul R. Anderson: Coleharbor

Director-at-large – Mike Clemens: Wimbledon Director-at-large – Jeff Enger: Marion Director-at-large – Kevin Skunes: Arthur Director-at-large – Larry Hoffmann: Wheatland

NDCGA Industry Directors Vern Anderson –­ Livestock Consultant, Carrington Gary Geske – Latham Hi Tech Seeds, Enderlin Ray Kotchian – Prairieland Ag Inc., Fargo Tom Cook – Cargill, Wahpeton

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