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North Central ND (08/13/15)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota.

The warm, dry weather has allowed producers to combine 15.ats.forster.1small grains and field pea with little weather interruption. Canola has been swathed or desiccated in anticipation of harvest. Field pea yields vary, depending on growing season issues such as root rot and moisture. Small grain yields tend to be good; there are some concerns in regards to quality. Specific quality concerns include protein and DON. DON levels have ranged from 0.5 to 1.5 ppm for barley, some were as high 4.5. Levels for winter wheat average 2.5 ppm, with a high reported near 8 ppm.

Soybean aphid (Picture 1) numbers have increased considerably in the last week. Some fields south of Minot were above the economic threshold for insecticide application. For more information on soybean aphid, please see Jan Knodel’s article on page 2.

Soybean, corn, and sunflower could benefit from rainfall. In the last week, the rainfall total at the NCREC was 0.10”. These late season crops are starting to show signs of water stress.

 

 

Shana Forster

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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