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Northeast ND (08/16/18)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Canola swathing is happening across the region. Sunflowers have wilting petals. Small grains harvest is full gear across the region. I’ve seen a few fields already chiseled plowed. With the early harvest, we have a great window to utilize cover crops this year. However, we will need rain to germinate the cover crops. Since most farmers rotate away from small grains, an alternate option of leaving the volunteer grain to grow will provide cover crop functions of cover for erosion and keep a living soil biosphere.

Rainfall is needed across the region. Large cracks are showing up in clay dominant soil. Soybeans are wilting especially in the drought pocket in NE Cavalier and northern Pembina counties. Some dry bean fields have nearly lost all their leaves. The corn has been coping fairly well. Corn is still hovering around 300 growing degree days above normal.

 

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center

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