Southwest ND (09/15/16)
A majority of corn in the region has dented and a large amount has reached black layer. Some are working on silage and a few are still cutting hay. We received some frost on Monday night into Tuesday morning with NDAWN showing a low of 34 September 13th. The frost shouldn’t have caused any issues. A majority of crops were far enough along with the back of sunflower heads already yellow to brown in color. Winter wheat in the region should be going in soon. It can’t be stressed enough to make sure to kill the green bridge to proactively avoid wheat streak mosaic virus issues next year.
Weather this growing season was warm and dryer than normal, however some would say that this season was more “normal” than the past couple of years. The lack of moisture allowed for minimal disease pressure, however there were areas that suffered from drought stress.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center