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Northwest ND (06/29/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

The northwest counties need rain. There have been no major rainfall events for two weeks and even when we did get some rain back on the 14th of June, most areas received less than 0.5”. Crops are showing signs of drought stress with spotty stands common. I have seen fields with bare or thin spots where crops either failed to germinate or germinated but didn’t make it to moisture before drying out. There are also many fields with what look like two crops: the seeds the emerged quickly that are up and those that emerged later and are greatly delayed in development.                                                                               

At the Williston REC dryland site, our spring wheat is about 18” tall and finishing flowering with kernels starting to blister. Durum is about 20-24” tall and has started flowering. In the variety trials, peas are flowering to early pod and canola is flowering. Many canola fields in Williams County are also flowering, but unevenness in development is common.

               

Up-coming Events

Divide County Plot Tour: Join us Thursday, July 6th at 10:00 am at the WREC Divide County plots located 8.5 mi south of the Hwy 5 & 42 intersection by Crosby for a short program with updates on current ag research in NW ND. Dr. Audrey Kalil will discuss the risks associated with planting scab and vomitoxin susceptible wheats, Dr. Clair Keene will talk about managing saline seeps, Austin Link will discuss small grain varieties, and Brandon Biwer will highlight Divide County work.

WREC Dryland Field Day: Thursday, July 13th at the WREC 4.5 miles west of Williston. Coffee and doughnuts start at 8:00 am, tour starts at 9:00 am Central. Choose from either the dryland agronomy or horticulture tours. Dryland agronomy tour will feature speakers on durum breeding, interseeding (also known as companion cropping), chickpea disease management, soybean production, and the dedication of a new Williams County Soil Conservation District building. Free chicken lunch served at noon. Afternoon program will highlight saline and pipeline disturbed soil reclamation. The afternoon session is eligible for 2.5 CEU’s for Certified Crop Advisors in the Soil & Water Management category.

WREC Irrigated Field Day: Friday, July 14th at the Nesson Valley irrigated site located 23 miles east of Williston on Hwy 1804. Refreshments available at 8:30 am, tour starts at 9:00 am Central, and a free lunch is served at noon. The tour will highlight variety trials and plant pathology work being conducted under irrigated conditions.

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Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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