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Northwest ND (06/21/18)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Much of Northwest ND received rain last week starting either Thursday or Friday and lasting through Saturday. The rain fell steadily and was able to soak into the ground in most places. Rainfall totals were generally between 0.5” and 1.0” across the region. There were isolated incidents of hail and strong winds causing some injury to crop leaves. Temperatures were cool over the weekend and are predicted to remain in the upper 70’s and low 80’s through the weekend of June 23 and 24. The next chance for rain is over the weekend with thunderstorms possible Friday through Sunday. Crop development is progressing with early-planted spring wheat in the boot stage and later planted fields jointing. If you have early-planted durum or spring wheat that is starting to head out, keep an eye on the relative humidity (RH) in your area and be prepared to spray a fungicide if scab/ head blight risk is high as your crop begins to flower. Early planted peas and lentils are just starting to flower while later planted pulses are 4”-6” tall and not yet flowering. As pulses begin to flower, the window for grass weed control closes, so make sure to take advantage of the light winds this week and get spraying done. If you experienced hail, check crops for diseases as bacterial infections may begin to show up on damaged crops. The pulse crop scout is seeing root rot in many pulse crop fields, especially where water collects or runs.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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