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Northeast ND (07/26/18)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Small grains are moving towards the finish line in southern and valley areas of my region. Some local wheat yield estimates are in the 50 to 60 bu/acre range. Sporadic scab can be found in wheat heads. Corn and soybeans look excellent. We are still hovering around 300 GDD above average for corn seeded on May 1st and over 400 GDD above average in the Rolla area. Dry bean fungicide applications for white mold are occurring. Continue scouting for clubroot in canola. If clubroot fields are known within 1 to 2 miles of your field, consider selecting a clubroot resistant variety in the future. My IPM scout has not found soybean aphids yet, however they are moving closer to our region. Banded sunflower moths are in the region, laying their eggs on sunflower heads. Scout fields for eggs or adults, using IPM recommendations.

Ask questions about micronutrients or other “new-to-you” products to be used at this time of year. In my experience, product experimenting is very tempting in low price years as farmers wish for a few more bushels. However, it’s better to save a dollar than spend a dollar without a sound reason. Follow IPM recommendations. Ask questions to evaluate current yield risk and product efficacy. If you try something new, leave an untreated area to compare results.

 

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center

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