2020 Year in Review


We started seeding wheat May 3rd, it was drier north of Bremen. Corn seeding started May 16th. We bought a Yetter light strip freshener that helped us get going. We were stuck many times. We finished seeding beans on June 8th. There was a fair amount of PP in our area, we had very little, mudded in a lot of the crop. We had timely rain to get the mudded in crop going. When the Harvey, Maddock area got six inches, we received a nice one inch. Our rain total starting May 1st till now is 7.82 inches, a small number. Looking back the last twenty years, always over 10 inches. My wheat ran about 60 bushels, both Gage and Donny did a little better. I lost one quarter to army worms, it is amazing that wheat can run over thirty bushels an acre with no leaves, only a green stem and head. Beans were looking ok. Sept 8th and 9th we had 24 degrees, two nights in a row. Our farm had a lot of damage. Our western seed mostly made it. North Dakota Seed, Falcon and Palomino mostly did not. We no till and the varieties set them back a bit. Most of the beans were mature, but too much water in the seed to handle those temps. Crop Insurance is significant for many in this area.  Soybeans seemed to run low to mid 30’s, in this area. The few I had were upper 30’s, a grass green field ran in the 20’s with no discount, way different than dry beans. My corn ran just under 130, about 54 pounds TW, we dried none. The price increase and ease of harvest made it a good crop. This fall we strip tilled where we had enough moisture and applied most of our anhydrous. This entire area is very dry.


     Faller-mostly what we raised this year. It still stays at the top at the research station. The newer models, Prosper & Shelly do not seem as good.

     VitPro- carried over, solid quality wheat.

     Genesis-barley, we have access.

Pinto Seed Beans: I get somewhat contradicting answers on supply of western seed. The thinking is that the non-traditional pinto growers will go back to soybeans next year. We are going to seed more soybean ourselves, because of clethodim resistant pigeon grass. We continue to like slow dark pintos. The fussy pinto eaters specify slow darks. We continue to pay a dollar more and have these varieties: 

Vibrant: Becoming the old standby.

Radiant: One of the quickest beans.

Lumen. A little broader plant than Radiant. Should fill the rows quicker. 2-3 days longer than Radiant. 

Palomino. NSDU’s slow dark     

Traditional pintos have a place also, a bit tougher bean with better cool emergence vigor. NDSU’s newest pinto is Falcon. This year Torreon out yielded Falcon for the growers I talked to and at Carrington Research. Last year Falcon out yielded Torreon at Carrington Research and Oakes. People like the harvest ability of Falcon. Time will tell.

Black Seeds: North Dakota black seed seems to be the most hurt by the frost. I have access to some 81-germ Eclipse, he will give me pricing in January. Western will be close to $60/100,000. Twilight is NDSU’s newest black bean release. Twilight seems to have a slightly longer maturity than Eclipse. That made all the difference this year. We should have some available, but the germ my be a bit low.

Markets: Pinto markets have gotten stronger. Mexico is looking for beans and there is very little farmer selling. This may help us work through some of the frozen beans we have around here. Blacks have moved a little, but not as strong as pintos. Looking forward to hearing from you. We appreciate the chance to work with you. 

                                                   Kurt 701-653-5989        kurt@bollingbergseeds.com         www.bollingbergseeds.com