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North Central ND (07/13/17)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota.

Drought continues to grasp many areas of the state over the past week with only scattered showers occurring during that time.  Most of the North Central regional NDAWN weather stations received less than 0.05” of rain since July 2nd.  The two exceptions would be Bottineau and Rugby, where spotted showers resulted in about 0.70”.  Temperatures are expected to be warm over the next week.  These conditions should not promote disease in area crops, however, the NDSU Small Grains Disease Model is a helpful tool to estimate risk in a given area and when field scouting may be appropriate.  At this time, risk appears low.

In last week’s edition of the Crop & Pest Report, I briefly mentioned some small populations of wheat midge being observed in McLean, McHenry, Pierce, and Renville Counties by the IPM scout.  Since then, traps in those regions have seen a steady climb in numbers.  The increase in these numbers should trigger some evening scouting in those regions.  Economic thresholds can vary based on crop value and wheat variety.  Please refer to the NDSU Wheat Midge Extension publication for more information regarding economic thresholds. 

Upcoming Events:

Pierce County Agricultural Improvement Association Annual Crop Tour

Join us Monday, July 17th at 9:00 am at the NCREC Pierce County plots located 3 miles west of Rugby on Hwy 2 for a short program with updates on current ag research in NC North Dakota. Dr. Brian Jenks will discuss current weed issues, Eric Eriksmoen will provide a comparison on featured small grain varieties, and Dr. TJ Prochaska will provide a pest and disease update.

NCREC Field Day

On Wednesday, July 19th, the NCREC will open its doors for its annual field day with activities beginning at 9 am CDT at the NCREC located 1 mile south of Minot on Hwy 83.  Crop production and technology will be the focus of the July 19th field tour.  Lunch will follow the tour.

Renville-Bottineau County Agricultural Improvement Association Annual Crop Tour

On Thursday, July 20th at 2:00 pm, join us at Mouse River Park located west of Mohall on Hwy 5 for a short program with updates on current ag research. Eric Eriksmoen will provide a comparison on featured small grain varieties, Dr. Shana Forster will discuss fungicides in chickpea, and Dr. TJ Prochaska will provide a pest and disease update.  Supper will follow.

TJ Prochaska

Area Extension Specialist/Crop Protection

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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