ISSUE 14 August 16, 2007
During August 1-14, the region received rain ranging from 0.2 inches at Dazey to 3.25 inches at Carrington, based on NDAWN (North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network). The rainfall has been very welcome for row crops but the recent wet weather is hampering wheat harvest. The regionís harvested wheat acres are averaging at about 50 percent completed, with the most advanced harvest progress in southeast counties. Preliminary reports on spring wheat yields range from 35 to 65 bushels per acre. Corn is in the milk to dough growth stages (R3-R4). Several leaf diseases are being noticed in corn, but are considered non-economic. Soybean are in the seed-development stages of growth (R5-R6). Sunflower growth stages range from blooming to ray-petal drop (R5-6). Banded sunflower moth larva and seed weevil are common in the region. The moisture and moderate temperatures are raising concerns for white mold in sunflower (head rot), dry bean and soybean.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center