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Southwest ND (06/16/16)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

Precipitation has been variable across the region. Parts of region, mostly north of I94, have received more than 2 inches of rainfall. Golden Valley County had areas with significant hail damage. There were a few other areas with minor hail damage, when assessing any possible damage be sure to keep in mind the location of the plants growth points. There are still parts of the southwest that have not received rainfall this month.

Crops are coming along nicely for the most part with a wide range in maturity. Corn is anywhere from just being put into the ground up to the V5 stage. Some peas are just beginning to flower. Spring cereals range from tillering to some getting close to heading and winter grains are flowering. Be sure to keep an eye out for any possible diseases, there are still reports of wheat streak mosaic virus showing up across the region.

Hay fields are getting close to the first spring cut in the region. For growers that had alfalfa weevil issues or frost damage the fields may have already been cut. When considering cutting alfalfa be sure to know what your objectives are. Harvest schedule will depend on goals for harvested yield, nutritive quality, or vigor of the perennial stand.

Junebug larvae damage was observed in some pasture ground in the region. Symptoms were browning sod, and peeled back sod from animals looking for a meal of junebugs.

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Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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