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Northeast ND (07/30/20)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Crops are moving along nicely, early planted wheat and barley is beginning to turn and corn is starting to tassel, harvest will begin in a couple of weeks weather permitting. Harvesting could be problematic this fall with the wet conditions in areas. Weed pressure is increasing especially on Prevent Plant acres along with some crop herbicide applications still needing to be completed. Heavy rains this past week keeps adding to the serious crop damage that is experienced across much of the region, however there are areas in the western region needing additional rain. Added to the excessive rain amounts in areas, corn is showing wind damage. Prevent plant was estimated at 25-30 percent, in the region, but with the recent heavy rains unharvested acres will likely increase to 35-40 percent in a large area of the region. Livestock producers have estimated a 50 percent hay loss due to the severe flooding or early season dryness. Many livestock producers are using the reduced Prevent Plant option to plant additional forage for their livestock. Fungicides are being applied to small grains and canola, and the second cutting of alfalfa has started up in some areas. It was noted that FSA is hosting a disaster meeting to discuss conditions in the north eastern parts of the region.

Bill Hodous

Ext Agent/Ramsey County

NDSU Ext County Programs

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