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South-Central/Southeast ND (07/30/20)

Information from the South Central/Southeast region of North Dakota.

According to NDAWN, the region’s rainfall during May 1-July 27 ranges from 5.6 inches (Steele and Zeeland) to 14.2 inches (Oakes), with the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) receiving 7.4 inches. The region, with the exception generally of areas west of Highway 3, has received adequate rain in July to aid seed development of spring-seeded small grain and to maintain yield potential of row crops.

Winter cereal harvest continues and early seeded barley and spring wheat also are nearing harvest. Corn growth stages generally range from tasseling (VT) to milk stages (R3). Timely planted soybean and late-May planted dry bean are in the early seed development stages. Many sunflower fields will soon be showing yellow as they reach R5 stage. Based on the week’s forecast, lots of hay will soon be baled.

Below are follow-ups to a couple of articles in last week’s Crop and Pest Report (Issue #13):

*Winter rye could also be considered as a small grain cover crop option to assist with managing IDC in soybean. Fall-seeded rye would provide a ‘head start’ to soil moisture use and nitrate-N uptake compared to spring-seeded barley or oat. Also, there would be fall through spring ground cover for soil protection from erosion (conventionally tilled soil) plus weed suppression.

*There are numerous choices of special-input products available for soybean. In addition to specialty foliar fertilizers, there have been many growth promoters and plant-health fungicides tested alone or in combination with foliar fertilizers by NDSU. The CREC has a substantial database of multi-year tests available with soybean specialty products.



Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center


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