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South Central ND (08/06/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

During the past week (July 28 to August 3), rainfall was limited to the southeast part of the region (e.g. Oakes and Brampton received 0.5 to 0.7 inches).  The sunny and dry weather has been favorable for small grain harvest. However, high winds during the first half of last week increased grain lodging and seed shatter, especially in barley (see picture).

Winter cereal, barley and field pea harvest continues with spring wheat harvest also commencing. The majority of corn is in the blister (R2) growth stage.  Based on NDAWN, the region’s accumulated corn growing degree day units from May 1 through August 3 generally continue to be similar to the long-term average for the period.  Soybeans are in the pod to early seed development stages (R3-5). Hits on soybean yield include fields that have salt-affected and water-saturated soils, and phytophthora root/stem rot.

Continue monitoring for soybean aphids, and rust in dry bean and sunflower.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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