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Northwest ND (07/27/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Some areas of Northwest ND caught a little rain last week. Portions of Divide, Burke, and eastern Mountrail Counties received about ½”. Scattered storms in McKenzie added up to about ½” in spots while nothing much fell in most of Williams. Though welcome, this rain likely isn’t enough to make a difference to most of the crops as they are maturing quickly with the hot and dry conditions. Long season crops like soybean, sunflower, and safflower could still make use of additional moisture, but most of our small grains and pulses are turning color.

Here at the Williston REC, we started cutting barley, spring wheat, and durum this week. Most of the small grains are ready to harvest and then we will move on to broadleaves. Our peas and lentils are ready or are very close while canola still has a way to go before it dries down.

Hot and dry conditions are predicted to continue in the coming week with highs in the 90’s expected most days. As you begin harvest, please use caution and be aware of the high potential for fires. Keep fire extinguishers and water tanks ready.

 

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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