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Northwest ND (8/03/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Strong scattered thunderstorms rolled through parts of NW ND last Wednesday and Thursday. Southern Williams County recorded 1” or more with the Williston REC NDAWN station reporting 1¼”. Rain also fell in northern McKenzie and southeastern Mountrail. Small areas of Divide and Burke picked up a ½” or less. The rain will benefit late-season crops like soybean and sunflower, but was too late to be used by most small grains and pulses. Any rain will help forages and pasture recover, but more is needed as most places are still at a moisture deficit.

Small grain harvest is underway and some early-planted pulse crops are coming off, too. Here at the WREC, some of the first dryland spring wheat to come off has yielded in the mid-20 bushels per acre. Thankfully, the rain has reduced the risk of fire during harvest, but still use caution if you are working in an area that did not get much of last week’s rain. Temperatures for the up-coming week are predicted to be milder than the past few weeks with highs in the 70’s to mid-80’s.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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