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Northwest ND (06/25/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Dry conditions persist in the Northwest. No rainfall was recorded last week in Williams County and scattered showers provided 0.1-0.25 inches in localized areas in Divide, Mountrail, McKenzie Counties. We had a number of cloudy and windy days, but hardly any rain. Temperatures were moderate for most of the week with daytime highs only in the 60 and 70’s. Father’s Day weekend saw calmer winds and a lot of spraying got done. The forecast for the week ahead has high temperatures in the 80’s and 90’s which will stress crops. Night time temperatures are predicated to stay below 70 which will help small grains post flowering if we continue to stay dry.

Most crops in the area are showing signs of moisture stress and development is being pushed by dry conditions. Spring wheat and durum are in the boot and heads are starting to emerge in early planted fields at about 12 inches tall (see photo). Peas are flowering with a few pods visible and lentils are starting to flower. I saw a number of canola fields flowering over the weekend without much vegetative growth.

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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