Northwest ND (06/10/21)
Last week ended with some very high temperatures for early June. High’s in Williston were 88, 96, 97, and 93, Thursday, June 3rd through Saturday, June 5th. Strong winds brought in a cold front on Saturday night and the high on Sunday, June 6th was only 75°F, a welcome break from the heat of last week. Scattered showers moved through the Northwest Friday through Saturday, though most locations saw less than 0.1” of total precipitation. A few areas picked up about 0.25”, but unfortunately, higher totals were not common. High temperatures this week are predicted to be in the 80’s with chances of scattered thunderstorms through mid-week.
The most notable issue with small grains at the moment is spotty stands and it is too early to tell what the heat stress of last week may have done to the crop. Soybean was just starting to emerge last week, so this week will be critical to see how stands look. The IPM crop scout has started at WREC and the only thing he has seen so far is a few grasshoppers at most locations.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Williston Research Extension Center