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Southwest ND (06/30/16)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Alfalfa and hay fields in the region are still being taken down.Most canola is either blooming or beginning to drop petals. Most peas are finished with flowering. Spring wheat and barley are heading. Winter wheat is in various stages of ripening. There are signs of drought stress, but most crops in the region are matured further along than normal. Producers are beginning to plan that they could be harvesting a week or two earlier than past years

Dickinson received some rain recently. On Friday June 24th NDAWN reported 0.39 inch of rain and on Sunday June 26th 0.04 inch was reported. On Friday evening the wind died down enough for spraying and many fields were sprayed over the weekend. Most fields in the region are dry. Sporadic storms and rainfall swept across the region in the past week. Some areas experienced high winds and hail. For grain fields affected by hail, some producers are planning to cut it for hay. If planning to cut a hail affected crop for forage be sure to contact your insurance agent before doing anything and check the hay for nitrates.

There have been multiple reports of stock ponds ats.buetow.1and other water sources with high total dissolved solids and sulfates. Consequences of livestock consuming the poor quality water include several health issues. Bowman County agent, Erin Gaugler, reports that treatment with thiamine has had very limited success. Sulfate recommendations are less than 500 ppm for calves and less than 1,000 ppm for adult cattle. Total dissolved solids above 3,000 ppm can begin to cause adverse effects. If there are any concerns get your water tested. More information can be found in the NDSU Extension Livestock Water Quality Publication.

We have organized a seminar entitled “Barley: From Field to Glass” in cooperation with the North Dakota Barley Council on Thursday, July 7, 2016, at Greg Kessel’s farm approximately 2.5 miles west and 1 mile south of Belfield, ND (13261 37th St., Belfield, ND) beginning at 1:00 PM MDT. More information on the field day can be found at the Dickinson Research Extension Center website.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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