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Southwest ND (06/01/17)

.Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Some quick showers have helped settle the dust in parts of the region, however much of the region is still in need of more moisture. Hot and dry weather has matured most cereal crops to flag leaf or heading, with the crop stunted and low on tillers. There have been a number of disease and insect issues in the region as well. Reports of wheat streak mosaic virus and high plains virus continue, as well as issues with root rots. A cereal disease workshop has been scheduled for June 20th in Dickinson from 9 am to noon. Along with disease issues, there have been a wide range of insect issues in the region. Wireworms were found in Hettinger County, and Dr. Janet Knodel has confirmed pea leaf weevil in Golden Valley County. Forage is being cut across the region, with most winter wheat fields being hayed in the region. It is very important to check the hay for nitrates before feeding, especially under current conditions. While the conditions lately seem bleak, there is still a chance that crops such as corn could recover if we can receive rain down the road, depending on when it was planted and current soil conditions.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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