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South Central ND (07/02/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

South-Central ND

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rain received during June ranged from 1.5 inches (Robinson) to 5.6 inches (Linton). The region has adequate to excess soil moisture. Crops received various levels of hail injury during the past 10 days in the region’s northern counties: Wells, Eddy and Foster; and southern counties: Emmons, Logan and McIntosh.

Hay harvest continues to be a challenging task. First-half April seeded barley is in the soft dough stage while spring wheat is in the flowering to watery ripe stages. Current management decisions in spring wheat: Fungicide application at early flowering stage for control of leafspot disease and suppression of scab and DON; and foliar N application at post-flowering stage to increase grain protein. Corn growth has rapidly accelerated and crop planted in April and first week of May is in the 6- to 7-leaf stages. Based on NDAWN, accumulated corn growing degree day units from May 1 through June generally are similar to the long-term average for the period.  Early May planted soybean is beginning to flower, and canola and flax are at full flower (see pictures). With pasmo disease presence, flax yield averaged over 10 NDSU trials with application of Headline fungicide at 6 fl oz/acre applied at late bloom increased yield by 6 bu/acre (17%) compared to untreated checks.

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ats.endres.2.flax late bloom

 

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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