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Crops in Bloom (07/23/15)

Most of the main broadleaf crops in North Dakota are in the reproductive phase of crop development.

Crops in Bloom

Most of the main broadleaf crops in North Dakota are in the reproductive phase of crop development. Blooming is a critical period in the lifecycle of the plant. Relatively cool temperatures during the pollination period favor good seed set. Over ninety percent of the cool season crops; canola, flax and field pea are in bloom or beyond. All three crops are blooming earlier than last year and the average.

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The percent of blooming dry beans is slightly behind the average. However, the percent blooming soybean is well ahead of last year and the average. If growing conditions remain favorable, early soybean bloom may mean that there will be a few more growing days available for pod development and seed fill. A slightly longer reproductive phase may maximize yield under the present environmental conditions.

Sunflowers in the state are just starting to bloom and this would be a good time to keep on scouting for pests and diseases in the crop.

 Hans Kandel

Extension Agronomist Broadleaf Crops

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