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Northwest ND (07/07/16)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Scattered thunderstorms were still moving through the Northwest last week dropping anywhere from 0.25” to 2” of rain, with most places seeing 0.5” to 1.” A few isolated episodes of hail have been reported. Farmers cutting hay have noted low yields of both grass and alfalfa hay with some cutting only half the tonnage they were expecting. It seems that the June rains could not compensate for the dry winter and spring in the first-cut hay crop.

Winter wheat kernels are late dough in many fields and harvest will likely begin next week or the week of the 18th, weather permitting. Winter wheat harvest will likely be a week or two earlier than is normal for our area. Early-planted spring wheat and durum are in milk development stages and canola is flowering to late pod. Stripe rust on the flag leaf of durum and barley has been observed in plots at Williston REC and the crop scout has found head scab on spring wheat and durum in a few Williams and Divide County fields. Growers are advised to continue to scout for scab in wheat, especially wheat that is heading or flowering. With more rain in the forecast, fungicide applications may be necessary in wetter and more humid areas.

Williston REC Field Days are next week! The first is July 14 featuring dryland agronomy and horticulture tours. The day starts at 8:30 am with lunch provided and an afternoon session on pulse crops. The second is July 15 at our irrigated Nesson Valley site located 23 miles east of Williston on 1804. The irrigated tour starts at 9 am and ends with lunch. Please call 701-774-4315 with any questions about field days.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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