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Northwest ND (07/20/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Not much rain fell in NW ND last week. A few small, scattered showers crossed the region but any heavier rain that fell passed us by on its way to the east. The next few days are predicted to have temperatures in the 90’s and 80’s over the weekend. Again, a caution to those of you getting close to harvest, be aware of fire danger. Multiple grass fires burned last week in McKenzie County and conditions likely won’t improve in the coming weeks. Keep water and fire extinguishers at the ready.

The Williston REC field days last week went well. On Thursday, the afternoon session on soil health focusing on pipeline and saline seep reclamation was informative and included hands-on activities. Guests appreciated the opportunity to see and climb into soil pits dug in both undisturbed and roadway areas where a water pipeline had been installed. Jane Holzer of the Montana Salinity Control Association and Don Miller of Alforex Seeds discussed perennial forage varieties and establishment for saline seep remediation and management. The alfalfa at the WREC saline seep generally looks good and is ready for a second cutting—very impressive considering the droughty conditions this year.

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Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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