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Southwest ND (09/14/17)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Heavy haze from the fires in Montana have been lingering for the past several days in southwest North Dakota. The drought of 2017 continues after the short relief of some rain received in August. According to NDAWN from September 1st to September 13th, Dickinson, Beach, Bowman, Hettinger, and Mott have received 0 rainfall. Many in the region haven’t received any rainfall in over a month. I have been driving around this corner of the state the past couple of weeks for the National Sunflower Association’s Sunflower Crop Survey. Many of the pastures across the region are looking very dry and there have been many trucks passing by with loads of hay. Sunflower fields are ranging in maturity to a few fields still in late R-5 or flowering, to most in the R-8 stage with the back of the head turned yellow. Many sunflower fields are very stunted with many fields only 3-5 feet tall, depending on timing and amount of rains some of the sunflower fields in the region could still yield well. Disease doesn’t appear to be much of an issue in the southwest this year for sunflowers, but there are some issues with low populations, most likely caused by poor emergence due to the drought. There are also many fields with high kochia pressure. Soybeans in the region are beginning to mature as well and some will receive decent yields thanks to August precipitation. This has been a difficult year for many and hopefully we will receive some moisture this fall and winter to replenish the soil moisture.


Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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