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South Central ND (08/27/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

Based on NDAWN, during August 12-25, rainfall has ranged from 0.3 inch (Robinson) to 1.5 inches (Harvey). The past two weeks have generally been favorable for small grain harvest, but stressed row crops, especially the high temperatures during Aug 11-15. Corn that emerged on May 15 used about 0.15-0.18 inches of moisture per day, during the past two weeks.

Spring wheat harvest is nearing completion. Farmer and elevator reports indicate variable but generally good seed yield and quality. Carrington REC dryland HRS wheat variety trials at Carrington, Dazey, and Wishek have yields averaging 57.4, 69.6 and 51.9 bu/acre, respectively (data available at www.ag.ndsu.edu/varietytrials/carrington-rec/2015-trial-results).

The majority of corn is in the dough to dent (R4-5) stages and soybean in the seed development (R5-6) stages. We need roughly another month of growing season for corn and sunflower, and less than a month for soybean.  Dry bean and flax are nearing or at maturity.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center


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