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Southwest ND (08/29/19)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Most farms are behind on harvesting this year. With cool and wet temperatures, conditions haven’t been ideal for dry down. Canola harvest just started over the past week in the region, some wheat and durum fields have been harvested but many are waiting for it to dry down further. As of August 27th there are reports of wheat fields still at 16-20% moisture. For those that didn’t receive hail the crop is looking amazing this year. There are definitely pockets of scab and other disease as well as wheat stem sawfly damage. If you noticed sawfly damage last year, and more damage this year it would probably be a great time to rotate into a broadleaf crop. At the bare minimum be sure to plant some solid stem varieties next year. Row crops are looking great so far for most in the region. We will be conducting the National Sunflower Survey this fall sponsored by the National Sunflower Association. The survey observes disease, insect, and weed issues in the field as well as other yield limiting factors such as spacing within the row and bird damage. Along with looking for issues, we also make a yield estimate. If you would like us to survey your sunflower field, please contact your local county agent. This survey helps the National Sunflower Association and researchers direct our attention to emerging issues in sunflower production and gives us a diverse set of data points.

If soil acidity appears to be an issue for you, now would be a great time to look further into liming. Getting a consistent spread can be difficult, but it can be done. Also be sure to look into tolerant varieties. We weren’t able to harvest our low pH HRSW variety site yet due to high moisture, but I will have data to share soon.

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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