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Southwest ND (07/23/20)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Crops such as sunflower and soybean are switching from vegetative to reproductive growth, with our soybean trial at R2 and I’ve seen sunflowers in the region at R2. Winter wheat here at the REC is nearing maturity and the small grains are still at least a few weeks out. Recent rains have caused small grains to shoot up tillers, however it is too late and this will not add to yield.

As of July 21st Dickinson has received 2.06 inches in the month of July according to NDAWN. There are still some areas that are dry, however drought symptoms across most of the region have lifted, especially for most long season crops (soybean, sunflower, corn, forages). Crops nearing harvest (small grains, canola, peas) will likely show poor yields. Depending on which crops being grown, folks in the area are either hoping that upcoming weather will be dry and good for harvest or wet and good for the still maturing crops.

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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