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Southwest ND (06/22/17)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

According to NDAWN, in the month of June, Dickinson has received 0.72 inch of rain and Hettinger has received 0.34 inch of rain. The rain events that we did receive were very scattered where some in the region may have received an inch or more, and others receiving less than a ¼ inch. The lack of moisture, along with warmer temperatures, have caused crops to mature ahead of schedule and crops are stunted to the point that it may be difficult to properly harvest some fields. Some in the region are still working on their first cutting of alfalfa, and some fields have not been cut for lack of forage. Producers in the region are looking for alternate forage sources and it is going to continue to be very important to test for nitrates. Along with the scattered rain events there were heavy winds and hail in some parts of the region. The Richardton area had hail events this month causing crop damage. Crop damage from lack of moisture or from other weather events aren’t the only issues in the southwest region. Insect issues continue to be a problem, and drought stress has amplified the symptoms. Along with insects feeding on our crops the gophers, rabbits, and other wildlife are having more of an effect on the crops, as they can’t recover as quickly from feeding under the drought stress. Our soybean trials have been hit very hard from the drought stress and wildlife feeding on the plots.

In the picture to the right you can see feeding of soybean plants from wildlife and the plants that haven’t been eaten are very stunted.

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Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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