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Northeast ND (08/27/20)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Harvest has begun in full earnest in most all of the region, some areas are struggling with much higher levels of soil moistures. Rains were more common in the east and not in the west. Small grain yields are all over the board, some varieties seem better than other varieties and, depending on the area, heavy drowned out areas will be affecting yields. Fusarium and ergot have been seen with varying levels of infections. Proteins vary from 12 to 18 percent. With limited bin space producers are trying to figure out how to keep the higher protein wheat for later sales, hoping for higher protein premiums. Barley yields also vary greatly from the 50’s to 90 bushels. Canola is turning color with some swathing and others waiting for direct harvest. Soybeans also vary greatly with some areas having the potential for a very big harvests and other areas drying out and highly stressed. Oats will be harvested this week, weather permitting. Sunflowers in the region look very good with bracts now falling; however, blackbird depredation is ramping up. Sugar beet early pre-pile will start this week. Potatoes are showing heat stress and secondary growth. Cattle producers are trying to take advantage of the Prevent Plant policy of haying or grazing after September 1, which should help alleviate hay shortages this feeding season. A new NDAWN station is up in Wales and the data can be accessed at wales.ndawn.org. Soil moisture levels that were recorded at the Langdon REC stated that the levels in the first two inches was 13.6%. In the three to four inch depths was 14.3%, then in the five to eight inch depth was 22%. Naeem (Langdon REC) is receiving many calls about saline-sodic soils about planting options, soil testing and amendments.

 

Bill Hodous

Ext Agent/Ramsey County

NDSU Ext County Programs

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