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Northwest ND (07/25/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Crop progress at the Williston REC is expats.1ected to speed up this week with hotter temperatures predicted than last week. High’s last week were mid 70’s to low 80’s but are predicted to be upper 80’s to 90 in the current 10 day forecast. Winter wheat is medium to hard dough and turning color. Winter wheat harvest will likely begin in the next 2 weeks. Durum and spring wheat are in the milk stages; field pea is full pod and starting to change color; and, canola and flax are mostly finished flowering.

Crop scouting at the WREC has found scab (Fusarium head blight) in durum and spring wheat [see photo]. We won’t have a big picture on prevalence until harvest, but there are strong chances for scab being a serious issue this year based on the cool weather and rain during flowering. A few bleached wheat and durum heads killed by wheat stem sawfly have also been observed on station, but not at high levels.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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