ISSUE 7   June 26, 2008

Northwest ND

During the past week (June 17 June 23), the region received rainfall ranging from sprinkle near Sidney, MT to about six tenths of an inch near Crosby based on NDAWN sites. There were reports of much heavier precipitation and hail in the region. Warmer temperatures during this time have been a benefit to producers as crops continue to grow.

Winter wheat has headed out while many of the small grains are at the 6 leaf stage and above. Again reports are that stands are at several different stages of that crop within a field because earlier dry conditions. Continued reports of tan spot and root rot diseases are starting to show up in small grain crops. Producers in the Yellowstone Valley are considering fungicide applications. Field pea leaf stages are up to the blooming stage. Canola is bolting and blooming as well. Root rot diseases are also being reported for field peas. Warm season crops are getting a good start. Corn is starting to green up and to progress. This warmer weather will improve their conditions. Alfalfa harvest has started in the Yellowstone valley.

Chet Hill
Area Extension Specialist
Williston Research Extension Center


South-Central ND

During the past week (June 18 to 24), the region received rain ranging from less than 0.1 inch at Dazey, Linton, McHenry and Pillsbury to 1.9 inches at Fingal, based on NDAWN (North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network).

Crop growth has greatly accelerated during the past week with warm weather and adequate soil moisture. Winter wheat is in the flowering to early-seed development stages, and spring wheat and barley are in the boot to flowering stages. Corn has turned green and is at the 5- to 6-collar stage and nearing one foot in height. Corn planted on May 1 at Carrington is at 484 growing degree day (gdd) units and Oakes at 591 gdd units as of June 24, with both sites behind about 100 growing degree day units compared to the 5-year average.

Current farm activity includes herbicide application for weed control in soybean, dry bean and sunflower. A variety of wheat foliar diseases are present but generally at low incidence. Leaf rust was found in several winter wheat varieties grown in the Ellendale area. Farmers are making decisions on fungicide application and product selection for control of barley and spring wheat leafspot disease and suppression of Fusarium head blight (scab). Haying also began last week.

Upcoming crop tours to be conducted by the Carrington Research Extension Center include:

*Dazey off-station variety trials, July 8.
*Carrington pulse (primarily field pea), July 11.
*Carrington Field Day, July 15.
*Wishek off-station variety trials, July 16.
*Oakes branch station, July 29.

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

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