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Northwest ND (07/13/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND is still hot and dry. Over the last week, almost no significant rain fell in Divide, Williams, and Mountrail Counties. Southern McKenzie County picked up ½”-1” of rain, but this likely too late to make much of a difference for most of the crops in that area. Scattered areas of Burke had ½”, but drought conditions are persistent and widespread.

                Here at the Williston REC, we estimate that we’ll start harvest of some of our earliest planted small grains next week. With more hot weather on the way, spring wheat and durum won’t be far behind and harvest will likely start the last week of July. We were a bit cooler today (Tuesday) and tomorrow doesn’t look bad either, but starting Friday, 100⁰ and then 90’s are predicted for the next 10 days.                                                                    (Cont. on next page)

                For those of you out haying or getting ready to start harvest, please use caution as conditions are favorable for fires. Keep a water truck and fire extinguishers handy just in case.

                Up-coming Events

WREC Dryland Field Day: Thursday, July 13th at the WREC 4.5 miles west of Williston. Coffee and doughnuts 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 seep 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 under irrigated conditions.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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