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Northeast ND (08/30/18)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Small grains harvest is finished across most of the region. Canola harvest is continuing. Reported yields have been average to good for both cool season crops. Wheat protein percentages are high due to dry conditions, which the plants experienced this year.

Rainfall has finally come to the region. Areas have picked up 0.1 to 2 inches of precipitation. Drought stressed soybeans have been losing their leaves across the region. This rain will help pod fill in the fields where the beans have been able to hang on during the dry conditions. However, for some fields especially in the drought pockets and light soils, this rain came too late.

I’ve walked in about 70% of hemp fields in the northeast in last two weeks. Overall, the fields are drought impacted with crop heights averaging around 4.5 ft. Well-watered hemp can reach over 7 ft and few fields were that tall. Walking in the field, I could see where moisture was retained from a waterway or shady shelterbelt by function of the hemp plant height. Hemp is susceptible to white mold. I found it in very low amounts in Grand Forks County where

big rainstorms came through in June and July. With no labeled herbicides, hemp relies on shade to kill weeds. Redroot pigweed and common lambsquarters, to a lesser degree, were able to stretch their growth shapes in long spindles to keep up with the towering hemp. In drought-stressed fields, volunteer canola had no problem competing with 4.5 ft tall stands of hemp.

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Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center

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