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Page 4 The Press April 21, 2009 Around The County Hat Tips By Dean Meyer by Extension Agent-In-Training Marry Fear Park River - 284-6624 PLANTING DATE CONSI DERATIONS It is finally the middle of April and planting dates closer to June ist. A we have had our first glimpse of sun- potential problem canola has with shine and spring temperatures in late planting is high green seed con- Walsh County ..... they are a wel- tent at harvest. Canola is usually comed site! Now Mother Nature can swathed in late August or early begin the process of drying things September and this late planting out for us. However, all the fields may not allow adequate time for it around the county are still really wet to cure before a hard frost. This may and the drying may not be soon lead to higher green seed content in enough for producers to get into the the harvested seed. In addition, fields and plant the crops they would eanola is very sensitive to heat fur- like. So, we have to adjust. For this ing flowering and seed set. Late week's column, I wanted to discuss planting may cause canola to be some considerations to be made flowering in higher temperatures when planting cool season crops, and decrease yields.The final recom- more specifically; Flax, Canola and mended planting date for canola in Field Peas. Walsh County is May 31st Flax responds well to early plant- Field peas are also an early sea- ing because early planting generally son crop and tend to do poorly or die increases the period of bloom, in excessively wet or water logged Seeding rates close to 42 . soils. Seeding peas in June may pounds/acre wilt give seeding counts increase the risk of plants getting dis- between 50 to 80 plants per square eases and decreasing yields. In addi- foot which is considered ideal. Flax tion, planting later might cause the yields drop dramatically as flax is plants to be flowering during the planted later in the season, June hotter part of the year, which may planting results in very low yields. It result in reduced pod and seed set. takes approximately 90-100 days to In recent planting trials in reach physiological maturity or the Carrington, Minot and Langdon; field swathing stage when flax is seeded peas planted in early June produced in June. The stems of June planted about 10 bushels an acre and May flax will often stay green at the end planting produced between 40-50 of the season and makes swathing bushels per acre. The final recom- difficult. Research from an 8 year mended planting date for field peas planting study in Minot revealed that in Walsh County is May 25th. flax planted in early June had With the excess moisture from reduced yields of 27% when com- last fall and winter we can expect to pared to early May plantings. When have later planting dates than nor- planting was delayed to mid June mal. It may be important for produc- yields were decreased nearly 60% ers to consider these later planting when compared to early May plant- dates when planting their crops this ings. If flax is planted later than mid year and choose crops that have the June, yields of 8-12 bushels per acre highest chance for successful pro- should be expected.Thefinal recom- duetion in the current conditions. mended planting date for flax in Contact the extension office for Walsh County is June 10th. additional information or with any The production risk rises dramati- questions. -Marty cally with canola as we approach THE BUCKLE UPbATE Walsh County Health District SHORT SHOTS 2006 2008 Infants (