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Northwest ND (07/09/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Scattered thunderstorms and isolated rain showers passed through NW ND last week with rain on June 30th-July 1st and again July 3rd and 5th.  Rainfall totals mid-week were 0.1-0.3” and the storms over the holiday weekend ranged from trace amounts up to 0.5”. Scattered areas of strong winds and some hail were reported from the early morning storms on July 5th, but I haven’t heard any reports of widespread crop damage. The rain will help crops filling grain but the area is still at a significant deficit for rainfall for the season. Predicted highs for the coming week are in the 80’s with upper 80’s likely through the weekend.

Crop progress report: early-planted small grains are filling grain and are in the milk stages while late planted fields are flowering. Peas have pods, lentils are flowering with flat pods at lower nodes, and chickpea is flowering to early pod. Canola is still flowering though many fields are now past peak flower and flax is starting to flower. Those with later planted small grains are advised to keep an eye on flowering progress and consider making a fungicide application if high humidity conditions persist. Chickpea growers are advised to scout their fields for Ascochyta blight and make fungicide applications as needed to keep the disease in check.  The rain and high humidity of last week provided excellent conditions for Ascochyta development and spread.

The Williston REC will have a virtual field day on July 8th available for viewing. Recordings will stay on our website, so you can view at your leisure if you can’t make it on the 8th. In-person field days have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Please watch the videos of interest to you and we hope to see you all in-person next year.

 

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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