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South Central ND (07/30/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rain received during July 1-28 ranged from 0.6 inch (Tappen) to 4.4 inches (Carrington); and during April 1 to July 28 rainfall ranged from 6.9 inches (Robinson) to 15.0 inches (Jamestown). The region generally has adequate soil moisture to support row crop growth during the next month. Sunshine and dry weather would be welcome during August for favorable small grain harvest conditions and to reduce risk of disease development in row crops.

Winter cereal and barley harvest has begun with spring wheat harvest to soon follow. Harvest challenges include variability in plant stages, lodged plants, green weeds and moisture-saturated soils. Corn growth stages range from tasseling to blister, but majority of fields are silking (R1 stage).  Based on NDAWN, accumulated corn growing degree day units from May 1 through July 28 continue to be similar to the long-term average for the period.  Soybeans are in the pod development stages (R3-4). Mid-May planted dry bean are in the early seed development stages (R5-6).  Haying continues to be a challenge due to wet conditions, contributing to reduced yield and quality.

The Carrington Research Extension Center’s annual Row Crop tour is scheduled for Thursday, September 3. The event will allow farmers and crop advisers to view corn, soybean and dry bean production research trials and receive current production recommendations. Event details will be publicized when program is developed.

 

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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