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Northwest ND (06/27/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Scattered rain showers and thunderstorms moved through the Northwest last Thursday, Friday, and Saturday bringing much needed rain to the area. Most places received 0.5-1.0” with some localized areas receiving 1.5-2.0” over 2 or 3 days. For parts of western Williams and Divide Counties, this was the first significant rain since snowmelt. The rain will help crops stressed by lack of moisture, but more will be needed to meet crop demand through flowering and seed set. Here is an update on crop development at the Williston Research Extension Center as of Monday, June 24th: barley is headed out but not yet flowering; spring wheat is flag leaf to head emergence starting; oat is flag leaf to head emergence starting; flax is at first flower; pea is flowering; lentil is flowering; and soybean is at 2nd-3rd trifoliate.

A pipeline reclamation field walk was held June 20th north of Ray, ND with farmer Shane Hodenfield. Shane provided a history of the site and background on his decision to plant the pipeline disturbed area to perennials, Clair Keene discussed species selection and forage management, and Keith Brown of the Williams County SCD measured water infiltration on the pipeline and undisturbed soils (see photo).

The Williston REC dryland field day is coming up on Wednesday, July 10th and everyone is welcome. Attendees can pick either the dryland agronomy or horticulture tour. Both start at 3:45 pm followed by a steak and lamb supper at 7:00 pm. The Nesson Valley irrigated tour is Thursday, July 11th 9:00 am to noon followed by a hamburger lunch. The Nesson Valley site is 23 miles east of Williston on Highway 1804.

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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