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Northeast ND (06/09/16)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Reports of rainfall between 1.25 to 2.5” inches along with isolated hail storms dominated the last seven days of fieldwork. Some areas from Ramsey, Walsh, and Nelson Counties have been very wet for the last 2 weeks. It’s primetime for spraying fields but the wet soil profile was making progress difficult until mid-week. And weed pressure has been amping up in the last week. Some ground has yet to be seeded, likely pinto bean ground or final replant decisions.

Stripe Rust has been found in winter wheat at the Langdon REC plots and in Benson County. At Langdon, we found rust in the mid-canopy and on the leaf under the flag leaf, in the cultivar Jerry. We have yet to find stripe rust in spring wheat. Flea beetles numbers are decreasing from their peak in canola, while sugarbeet root maggot numbers are peaking.

It’s National Hemp History Week. It’s the second year of variety testing here at Langdon and the first year of farmer-managed hemp fields in North Dakota.

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Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

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