Adam Bettenhausen

WISHEK, N.D. – It’s finally starting to feel like summer throughout south central North Dakota and Adam Bettenhausen is putting the finishing touches on planting this year.

“We went from cold and dreary to hot and sunny,” Adam said during a June 10 interview. “It’s been pretty good for crop development and getting fieldwork done.”

Adam was able to finish up the majority of planting on Friday, June 7. He had a couple low spots on soybean ground he had left until later on, so he’s now going back around to fill in those spots.

“We also have about 15 acres of oats I’m going to plant by the yard for some hay, but other than that we’re done,” he said.

His spring wheat is up and out of the ground, at the 4-5 leaf stage already, and for the most part, looking good.

“The last couple fields we put in were a little muddy and not great conditions, but we put them in anyways because the forecast didn’t look good,” Adam explained. “We were worried we wouldn’t be able to get into those fields later on if we had gotten more rain, so with those fields the stands aren’t so great, but nothing bad enough to worry about replanting.”

Their soybeans are poking though as well, forming their first set of true leaves. While his corn is up too, Adam is a little disappointed with the emergence and stands he’s seeing.

“We kind of expected it because of the weather,” he said. “Some of that corn sat in cold, wet ground for up to three weeks, so that’s going to take a toll on stand and it has, but it’s up and growing pretty quickly now.”

Adam was able to seed all of his corn acres, even though during his last report he was concerned he might have a small area he would be forced to consider prevented planting.

“We put everything into corn we wanted to. We did have one corner of the field we were thinking of prevented planting, but we worked it a couple times and put it in. It’s behind the rest of the crop, but it’s only about 10 acres, so it’s not a huge deal,” he explained.

He was also able to get all of his sunflowers in despite concerns over wet ground.

“I was surprised about what I was able to seed. I didn’t think I’d be able to based on how the rest of the spring went, but it’s amazing what a couple of days of sunshine and some 30 mph winds will do to dry out a field,” he said.

With planting all but complete, that means spraying season is about to be in full effect. The Bettenhausens have already put down a pre-emergence herbicide on their soybeans and sunflowers. They were also able to spray a couple of wheat fields on that first herbicide trip.

“We still have a bulk of the wheat acres to do,” he said. “Once that is done, we have to hit the canola with Liberty and then we will see where we’re at. We’ll probably have to consider spraying some of the corn and soybeans. The sprayer is going to run pretty hard this week, but the plan is to first get all the cattle worked and the cow/calf pairs out on pasture. That will take up a lot of the week.”

As spraying season gets started, Adam says weeds like marestail can be rough, but there’s been a pretty wide adoption of Xtend dicamba tolerant soybeans, which has curbed marestail the last couple of years.

“The big ones are always kochia and ragweed, which we see a lot of. Wormwood is tough to kill, but not a huge deal,” he explained.

Pigweeds, like Palmer amaranth, are starting to be a bit of a problem in the area, but nothing major as of yet.

“It’s something that’s on everyone’s radar, but other than making sure you’re doing your best job controlling what you can control, there’s not a whole lot you can do except scout for it and wait. I think it will probably grow to be an issue, but right now it’s not something I’m worried about for the 2019 crop,” Adam concluded.

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