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Northwest ND (08/27/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Harvest is in full swing in Northwest ND. Pea and lentil harvest is wrapping up and spring wheat, durum, and barley are all being harvested after a week of very hot weather and dry conditions. The only reason for delay I’m aware of is some durum and spring wheat fields have late tillers (sometimes called sucker heads) that grew after July rains. In affected fields, the main heads are dry and ready for harvest but the sucker heads are still green and forcing farmers to either wait for them to dry down or go ahead and harvest but with the risk of higher moisture grain. Late season crops are also being pushed by the dry weather. Chickpea is drying down quickly and many fields have been desiccated. Sunflowers are quickly losing their ray flowers, and even some soybean fields are turning yellow and starting to drop leaves. Some canola is starting to turn color, though most canola fields probably won’t be harvested for another week or more.

More hot weather is predicted for the first half of this week, but a chance of scattered thunderstorms on Thursday, August 27th could bring a little moisture and some cooler temperatures on Friday and through the weekend.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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