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Southwest ND (08/06/15)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

Corn, soybean, and sunflower look like they could use an inch of rain as they are showing signs of drought stress. Winter wheat and barley in the area are being harvested and spring wheat is close behind. Reports in the region suggest above average yields with average quality. Some areas have issues with scab. Peas are being cut across the region and hay is looking great.

Two weeks ago hail affected some fields in the region. I observed a sunflower field with broken heads, leaf damage, and lesions on the stems. Disease issues such as sclerotinia are a concern. Be sure to be timely on fungicide applications if necessary for your field. Fungicide recommendations for sunflower can be found on page 92 of the North Dakota Field Crop Plant Disease Management Guide.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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