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Northeast ND (09/24/20)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

The northeast received cool temperatures over a week ago and most crops are showing the results of temperatures in the mid 20’s reported in many areas. Harvest is moving along with most wheat and barley harvested and over half of the canola. Edible bean harvest is nearing completion and soybeans are being harvested but in certain locals and maturity levels. Soybean harvest should be in full swing by Monday. Yields have been all over the board with all crops. The North east region could use rain as fields are very dry across the region and in some cases halting fall tillage operations. The likely of nitrogen applications will be very limited without additional moisture. Corn silage has moved along quite well with many producers completing that fall activity. Corn has been hurt by the recent frosts. However, much of the damage has occurred along field margins and headlands. Once past this, the corn appears to have been protected somewhat from the frost. Pastures are running short of grass and some cattle are being moved to their fall/winter feeding grounds placing more stress on feed supplies. The Langdon Research Center is getting calls and emails for help with soil sampling or recommendation for amendments based on soil results. The cover crops that were planted in late August also got hurt by the frost and do not look good. This is a good time to plant perennial salt-tolerant grasses. Extra precaution is needed for machinery to prevent fires due to the dryness, we have already had reports of combine and corn chopper fires.

 

Bill Hodous

Ext Agent/Ramsey County

NDSU Ext County Programs

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