FROM AROUND THE STATE
ISSUE 7 June 12, 2003
During the past week (June 4 to 10), area rainfall ranged from 0.4 to 1.4 inches in the region as recorded at NDAWN (North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network) sites. Topsoil and subsoil moisture continue to be adequate. The combination of wet and windy weather has challenged planting, herbicide application in small grain, flax, and corn, and haying operations. Sunshine and warmer weather would be welcome for completing pending field work and warm-season crop development.
Sunflower planting should be completed by mid-June and warm-season forage planting by the end of June. Scattered fields intended for soybean production will not be planted due to wet soil conditions and the passing of the crop insurance planting deadline. While cool-season crop stands generally are good, some soybean fields contain variable plant stands due to factors including deep seeding and soil crusting.
Early-seeded barley and spring wheat should be closely monitored for leaf disease presence during flag leaf through head emergence. Cool temperatures and moist soil have aided in maintaining a good yield potential in small grain. If good yield potential and wet weather continues, an economic return on a timely fungicide application for leaf disease and scab should be expected.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
Carrington Research and Extension Center