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Southwest ND (06/02/16)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

Much needed precipitation over the last week. Rainfall amounts were spotty with some getting close to 2 inches and others barely receiving any moisture. NDAWN observed 1.16 inch in Dickinson, 1.74 inch in Dunn County, and 0.68 inch in Mott. Most growers are either finished planting or finishing up corn and sunflowers. Spraying is in full swing with most working on weed control. There are some reports of frost damage becoming visible from the frost earlier in the growing season on winter wheat and alfalfa.

There have been some reports of wheat streak mosaic virus in the region. Importance of crop rotation and killing the green bridge is evident in situations like this. Rotating from cereals to broadleaf crops like alfalfa, peas, sunflowers, or canola could help avoid disease outbreaks and help with weed control. As winter wheat heads are beginning to peak out keep in mind to kill off the green bridge post-harvest later this season.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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