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ISSUE 16  August 24, 2000

South-Central ND

    During August 16 to 22, areas north of I-94 received 0.94 inches (Robinson) to 2.9 inches
(Carrington and McHenry) of rainfall as recorded at NDAWN sites. Unofficial reports of 3 to 5
inches of rainfall have been reported in the Carrington, Fessenden, New Rockford, and Cooperstown
areas. South of I-94, NDAWN sites recorded 0.02 inches (Linton) to 0.59 inches (Jamestown) of
rainfall during August 16 to 22. Additional rainfall is needed to support corn, bean, and sunflower seed
yield and quality in counties south of I-94. On August 22, estimated daily water use ranged from 0.14 to
0.20 inches for corn emerged May 15, 0.12 to 0.16 inches for dry bean emerged May 29, 0.16 to 0.23
inches for soybean emerged May 29, and 0.15 to 0.22 inches for sunflower emerged June 5. Daily crop
water use estimates from NDAWN may be obtained from the following website:


    Nearly all small grain acres have been harvested south of I-94. The majority of barley and canola acres
have been harvested in the northern part of this region, but harvest of the remaining acres of cool-season
crops is hampered by wet field conditions and lodged crops. Preliminary reports regarding canola indicate
modest yields due to sclerotinia, harvest problems, etc. Row crops generally look good to excellent in the region.

    The NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center’s 2000 dryland, no-till winter wheat variety trial
included 23 entries that averaged 61.9 bushels/acre. Arapahoe, Nekota, Ransom, and Tandem were the
highest yielding varieties in this year’s trial, with yields ranging from 67.1 to 77.3 bushels/acre. During the
past 3 years (1998-2000), Arapahoe (62.7 bu/acre), Ransom (61.5 bu/acre), and Seward (60.4 bu/acre)
were the highest yielding varieties.

    The Carrington Center’s 2000 dryland barley variety trial included 20 entries that averaged 60.7
bushels/acre. Lacey, Stander, Excel, and Stark were the highest yielding varieties in this year’s trial, with
yields ranging from 71.7 to 65.4 bushels/acre. Highest yielding varieties averaged across dryland and irrigated
trials during the past 2 years (1999-2000), were Excel (85.6 bu/acre), Lacey (83.0 bu/acre), Stander
(82.9 bu/acre), MNBrite (81.1 bu/acre), and Foster and Robust (80.3 bu/acre).

    The Carrington Center’s 2000 dryland and dryland recrop elite hard red spring wheat variety trials
averaged 43.3 bushels/acre. Averaged across the two trials, the highest yielding varieties include Russ ( 49.2
bu/acre), Mercury ( 48.0 bu/acre), Verde (47.1 bu/acre), HJ98 ( 46.9 bu/acre), and Ingot ( 46.6 bu/acre).
Test weight averaged 59.3 lb/bu across the 2 trials with Ingot and Parshall having the highest test weight at
61.0 to 60.9 lb/bu. Protein averaged 14.8 % across the trials with Coteau, Gunner, McKenzie, Argent,
Kulm, and Parshall having the highest protein levels at 15.9 to 15.5%.

    Additional information on the Carrington Center’s small grain variety trials is available at the following

www.ag.ndsu.nodak.edu/carringt/agalerts/archive.htm and


 Gregory Endres
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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