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Southwest ND (09/12/19)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Just like most of the state we have been wet and are behind on harvest in the southwest region of the state. According to NDAWN from September 1st to September 9th, 3.31 inch of rain fell in Dickinson, 1.45 in Beach, 0.66 in Bowman, 1.58 inch in Hettinger, and 1.54 inch in Mott. Wheat harvest is all over the board with some finished up, and some not being able to start yet, with most somewhere in between. Head disease, especially scab, has been a major issue for many and there are some reports of sprouting. Canola harvest is also all over the board. Sunflowers are looking great so far, but the weather is creating a perfect storm for diseases. Many are concerned with current crop maturity in row crops and potential frost damage. Severe damage is possible on grain quality depending on crop stage, those that were gambling with the maturity on corn and soybeans to push yield this year may be getting hit hardest if temperatures drop.

As we look closer at low producing areas of fields many more are seeing an issue with soil acidity. A reminder that, along with pretty much everything in life, there is no easy quick fix answer. Products that sound too good to be true likely are. For fixing an issue like soil acidity your best options are tolerant varieties and applying a lime product such as ag lime, beet lime, or water treatment lime. If a product claims to be more efficient, easier to apply, and can do the same job with less product than lime, contact me.

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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