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Northwest ND (06/16/16)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Rain in the area started with thunderstorms last Thursday evening and rainstorms have popped up almost every evening since then. Rain totals for the past week ranged from around 1.5” to over 3.0” in the Northwest counties. Days have been mostly sunny and warm, drying out the soil in many places enough to allow spraying to continue.

Crop development is progressing quickly with winter wheat and rye flowering, spring wheat and durum jointing to late jointing, and peas beginning to flower. Temperatures reached 90⁰F in some areas late last week and the heat seems to be pushing pea flowering along ahead of normal.

With continuing chances of storms this week and accompanying humidity, growers are advised to keep a close eye on small grains for signs of fungal diseases such as stripe rust on spring wheat as flag leaves emerge and fusarium head blight (scab) on flowering winter wheat.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center


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