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Northwest ND (08/15/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Cool, cloudy, and rainy weather has marked the last few days in Northwest ND after a warm start to August. Thundershowers, many of them quite strong, moved through much of the region on Saturday and again Sunday overnight into Monday. Rainfall totals of the last 3 days recorded by NDAWN stations were 0.7” at Williston, 2.1” at Crosby, 0.5” at Watford City, and 1.1” at Bowbells. While the rain is needed to help recharge soil moisture, it came as harvest was just getting started. The weather forecast predicts we start drying out today and warming up through next week. Sunny skies will be welcome as harvest starts in earnest.

Here at the Williston REC, we harvested winter wheat and pea variety trials late last week. Some spring wheat and lentils are now ready for harvest, but we are waiting for things to dry out before getting back in the field. Canola is ripening with mostly yellow seeds and a few brown, flax has brown capsules and green stems, and soybean is at about full pod. Even though the rain is not helping the small grains at this point, it will be good for the soybean. Chickpea finally started to turn color last week after an extended growing season, so it will be interesting to see how long recent rains prolong dry down.

On September 11 in Watford City, there will be a fall weed control meeting to discuss narrowleaf hawksbeard and horseweed (also known as marestail) control. The meeting will be in the Yellowstone Room of the McKenzie County Courthouse and runs 9:30 am to noon Central with a lunch following. Speakers include Devan Leo, McKenzie County Ag Extension Agent; Clair Keene, WREC Extension Agronomist; Brian Jenks, NCREC weed scientist; and Mike Jenks, Helena Agronomist. If you have questions about the meeting, please call the McKenzie County Extension office at 701-444-3451.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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