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Northwest ND (05/26/16)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

The northwest did not get any of the rain that fell further to the east Sunday night and top soil is dry in most of the region. The area is hoping to catch rain from storms predicted for later this week and over Memorial Day weekend.

Due to the early heat and now dry conditions, winter rye and winter wheat is heading out. In variety trials at the Williston REC dryland site, most winter wheat is late boot to heading and starting to show signs of water stress. Rain will be needed soon to promote good kernel development. The dry conditions have allowed planting to continue and seeding of corn, soybean, and other warm-season crops should wrap up by the end of the weekend unless rain delays things.

Wheat streak mosaic virus (WSMV) has been confirmed in both Williston and Sidney in winter wheat and producers are advised to scout winter and spring wheat fields for symptoms. Confirmation of WSMV can be obtained by submitting samples to the NDSU Plant Diagnostic Lab. Peas and lentils in the region look good with no incidence of root rot or other diseases that are problematic in wet and cool conditions reported.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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