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Northwest ND (07/06/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND is hot and dry. Over the last week, almost no significant rain fell in Divide, Williams, and most of Burke Counties. Eastern McKenzie and portions of Mountrail saw about ½” of rain in places but with the high temperatures and windy conditions, this is not expected to provide much relief. The forecast for the next week is very hot with temperatures in the 90’s and days where the high could be in the low 100’s.

There are many uneven and spotty stands around the Northwest. The lack of good rainfall since planting is apparent in many crops. Earlier planted crops look a little better, but the critical window for moisture is closing fast on the small grains that have already flowered.       

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 planting high VOM wheat, Dr. Clair Keene will talk about managing saline seeps, Austin Link will discuss small grain varieties, and Brandon Biwer will highlight work going on in Divide County.

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. 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.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

This site is supported in part by the Crop Protection and Pest Management Program [grant no. 2017-70006-27144/accession 1013592] from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed are those of the website author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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