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Northwest ND (08/31/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND has been mostly hot and dry the past week but overnight temperatures are starting to dip into the 50’s. There were some scattered showers last Friday and Saturday, but most areas received less than a ¼.”

Harvest continues to progress and the light rains of the past week have not been enough to slow most producers down. Small grains are being cut, most pulse crops are off, but canola is still standing in many fields. Rain in the past few weeks is helping cover crops and greening up drought-stressed pasture and rangeland a little. Much of the NW is still at a 2” to 6” deficit of total precipitation year-to-date, so any precipitation is still needed to recharge the soil and help perennials recover.


Up-coming event: Fall Weed Control Meetings!

A short program will focus on controlling Narrowleaf hawksbeard and Horseweed, two winter annual weeds that are becoming more common and difficult to control in NW ND. Three locations and times offered:

                Tuesday, September 12th with Brian Jenks & Clair Keene

                                9:00 - 10:30 am Williston, at the WREC

                                1:00 – 2:30 pm Ray, at the Ray Golf Course

                Wednesday, September 13th with Brian Jenks & Brandon Biwer

                                10:00 – 11:30 am Crosby, at the Divide County Courthouse

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Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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