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North Central ND (09/23/21)


Several small rain events have moved through the area of the past couple weeks and have been a welcomed sight for so many. As we look forward, a drier pattern seems to be setting up once again in the short-term forecast. Here are a few local NDAWN station rainfall reports from the last two weeks (beginning September 6th): Minot: 0.16” (NCREC: 0.25”); Bottineau: 0.18”; Garrison: 0.20”; Karlsruhe: 0.47”; Mohall: 0.12”; Plaza: 0.23”; and Rugby: 0.21”.

Grasshoppers continued to be observed in the region, but their activity has dropped significantly. In early August, the Ryder area was a high impact grasshopper zone. I had the opportunity to speak with a rancher from that area. He indicated that while grasshoppers are still being noted, the numbers are down overall.

Most area small grain fields have been harvested with a few select canola fields remaining to be completed. Soybean fields are mostly at the R-7 stage with several fields approaching full maturity. Sunflowers are nearing the R-6 to R-7 stage with a few fields still playing catchup in the R-5 stage. Most of the corn found in the region are at the R-4 to R-5 stage. Several area producers are applying herbicides for fall weed control.



TJ Prochaska

Extension Crop Protection Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center


Leo Bortolon

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center