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North Central ND (09/10/15)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota.

Small grain harvest has been completed in most of the region. Some areas farther north and west still have standing fields. Also, crops such as canola, lentil, and field pea have been harvested. Much of the flax is ready to swath or desiccate. Sunflower and corn remain green. Soybean fields have started to change color and drop leaves, depending on maturity and planting date.

Rainfall totals for the last week have ranged from 0.76” to 2.19” in Minot and Berthold, respectively.  Crosby received 4.16” of rainfall in the last week. Many areas were very dry and the moisture was welcome, unless producers were attempting to harvest.

Accumulated corn GDD for the Minot area, based on a May 1 planting, are 1963, which is higher than the long-term average of 1844 for the same time period.

Area Extension agents are assisting with the national sunflower survey. So far, diseases such as rhizopus and sclerotinia head rot (Picture 1) have been identified. Also, insect damage from banded sunflower moth has been identified in all fields surveyed.


Shana Forster

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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