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Northwest ND (08/29/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Good harvest progress was made last week with warm temperatures and dry conditions. Over the weekend of August 24th, it turned cloudy and cooler for most of the weekend as scattered rain showers and some strong thunderstorms moved through the area. Rainfall ranged from only trace amounts to over an inch where small cells dumped heavy rain in short periods of time. The 10-day forecast is showing warmer and drier conditions through Labor Day weekend and then more moderate high temperatures in the low 70’s and upper 60’s for the first few days of September.

It is too soon to say how the 2019 crop as a whole is shaping up, but I have heard a mix of average and high yields for spring wheat so far. For some, it seems like despite the dry spring and wetter mid-summer, rain came at the right time to boost yield, while for others, the rain wasn’t as well-timed and they’re seeing a more average crop. Scab is still a concern and there may be some high-VOM durum and wheat out there as rain during flowering certainly happened. I am curious to see what soybean yield is like as there were more first-time acres in Northwest North Dakota this year and we’ve had rain in August, which should be good for that crop.

On Wed, Sept 11th there will be a Fall Weed Control Meeting at the McKenzie County Courthouse in Watford City 9:30 am to noon with a lunch following. Topics include winter annual weed identification and control strategies for troublesome weeds including narrowleaf hawksbeard and horseweed/marestail. Speakers are Devan Leo, McKenzie Co. Ag Agent; Clair Keene, Extension Specialist WREC; Brian Jenks, Weed Scientist NCREC; and Mike Jenks, Helena Agronomist. If you have questions about this event, please call the McKenzie County Extension Office at 701-444-3451.

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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