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Southwest ND (08/30/18)

August has been dry for many. NDAWN recorded 0.36 inch of rain from August 1st to August and 0.22 of rain falling on August 27th and 28th in Dickinson.

August has been dry for many. NDAWN recorded 0.36 inch of rain from August 1st to August and 0.22 of rain falling on August 27th and 28th in Dickinson. Over the same period, Hettinger received 0.89 inch and Mott received 0.50 inch. Small grain harvest is wrapping up in the region. Yields in the area overall have been good for both small grains and canola. With dry conditions throughout August, corn and soybean in the region do not look very good. Some pockets caught timely rains, and the difference in row crops yield potential is evident. While some caught rains this past month, some also caught hail. Sunflowers continue to mature with the crop looking good, sunflowers are in the R6 to R7 stage. Awareness of areas with Aluminum toxicity and low soil pH continues to grow in the region. If you are concerned about low pH be sure to zone sample with depths from 0-2” and 2-6”. If the soil pH is less than 5.5, it will have a negative impact on crop growth. For more information about soil acidity read Dr. Franzen’s Crop and Pest article from 5/24/18, “Growing Problem of Surface Soil Acidity in Long-term No-till. https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr/soils/growing-problem-of-surface-soil-acidity-in-long-term-no-till-05-24-18

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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