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Northwest ND

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

There were a few isolated thunderstorms and showers across NW ND late last week and into the weekend. Rainfall totals were mostly 0.1-0.5”. Temperatures also stayed cooler in the mid-70’s over the weekend after the rain. Rains will help later planted crops and longer season crops like soybean and sunflower, but are too late to increase yield of early planted small grains and pea. It is expected to get much warmer in the coming week with little chance of rain. Highs are predicted to be in the 90’s through this weekend and then 80’s next week. Warmer temperatures will speed up already quickly maturing crops.

Here at the WREC, winter wheat trials will be harvested this week, 10-14 days earlier than normal. Pea fields are also drying down and some have been desiccated. Early planted spring wheat is early dough and I expect it will get harvested earlier than normal, too. I expect much of harvest will happen ahead of schedule this year as a few weeks of hot temperatures will push crop maturity and dry down.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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