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South Central ND (06/09/16)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rainfall ranging from < 0.1 inch (several sites) to 1 inch (Streeter) during the past week (June 1-7). Rain would be welcome throughout the region, especially considering the high daily air temperatures predicted during the next several days.

Alfalfa is flowering and harvest has begun. Winter cereals are heading to early seed formation. Early seeded barley and spring wheat growth stages range from flag leaf to head emergence (barley). April-planted corn is in the five-leaf (V5) stage. Based on NDAWN, corn planted on April 30 has accumulated 370 to 490 growing degree day units through June 7. Corn has an additional leaf compared to the long-term average for the period of April 30 to June 7. Field pea is beginning to flower (photo) – see last week’s Crop and Pest Report article on foliar disease identification and management. Soybean planted the first week of May or earlier is in the first trifoliate (V1) stage. Most dry bean have emerged and are in the unifoliate (VC) stage.

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Forage yield of oat and hay millet

Will oat provide similar forage yield as hay (foxtail) millet seeded in early June? Averaged across three years of Carrington REC trials, oat forage yield was 3.3 tons (15% moisture)/acre compared to Siberian millet at 2.6 tons/acre and German millet at 4.2 tons/acre.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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