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Northwest ND (06/20/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Farmers in Northwest ND are busy spraying for weeds and checking crops now that seeding has wrapped up. Conditions are still generally dry, especially in western McKenzie, Williams, and Divide Counties, but scattered thunderstorms and rain showers have moved through the area the past week. Rainfall has been extremely spotty and variable. Most places received 0.5-1.0” last Friday and/ or Saturday, but a few places didn’t get any rainfall greater than 0.1” out of the storms. Fields that have not received rain are starting to dry out in the lighter, sandier soils. The Williston REC NDAWN station recorded 0.7” on Friday and 0.1” Saturday, our first good rain since snowmelt. In the 5-day forecast, scattered thunderstorms are predicted for Friday and Saturday, June 21 and 22, in much of the Northwest, so hopefully more rain will fall. Here’s an update on crop progress at the WREC: early planted barley is flag leaf open to heads just visible; early planted wheat is jointing to flag leaf; later planted wheat is tillering to jointing; early planted peas have 4-5 nodes visible; and early planted soybean has 1-2 trifoliate leaves.

An on-farm field day on pipeline reclamation with perennial forages will be held north of Ray, ND on Thursday, June 20th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm. Topics include species selection, basic alfalfa management, and using water infiltration to monitor soils. The field site is located at the intersection of 117th Ave NW and 70th St NW on the south side of the road. Directions from the Ray Cenex gas station are: 7 mi north on County Rd 17, then 1 mi west on 70th St NW. This event is free and open to the public. No registration is required. If you have questions about this event, please call Clair Keene at the Williston Research Extension Center 701-774-4315.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

 

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