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South Central (08/16/18)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region has received one-half inch or less rainfall during August. The current dry and warm period has been good for early season small grain harvest and haying but rough on corn and especially soybean yield potential.

Harvest is essentially complete with winter cereals, field pea and barley. The Carrington REC has some preliminary variety trial data for these crops:

Spring wheat acreage is about half harvested. Ergot is present in spring wheat throughout the south-central region (see Andrew Friskop’s article).

Early planted corn is in the dough to dent stages (R4-5), which puts the crop about a month away from maturity. Soybean generally are in the R5-6 growth stages (seed development). It continues to be common for soybean fields to show ‘gray’ areas from moisture and heat stress, while some fields have areas being pushed to maturity, showing plant yellowing and leaf drop (see pictures). Early maturing dry bean varieties are at maturity (R9 stage).

                Upcoming Carrington REC crop tours:

 *Row Crop - corn, dry bean and soybean (CREC): August 23; 4 p.m.


Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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