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Northwest ND (07/08/21)


The Northwest had hot temperatures to finish out last week and over the 4th of July weekend with Williston seeing 100°F on Saturday, July 3rd. Temperatures dropped on Monday with a high of 82 and a high Tuesday of only 69. Scattered light showers moved through Monday and Tuesday with most places picking up 0.1” or less but a few places getting as much as 0.3”. The forecast for the coming week has highs in the mid 80’s and chances of scattered thunderstorms on Thursday and Friday. Rain is welcome and is needed to help all crops make seed.

Winter wheat at the Williston REC is in early milk, spring wheat and other small grains are flowering, pea and lentil are flowering to early pod and canola is winding down on flowering. I had the chance to drive up to Divide County today and it looks like a lot of pea and lentil fields are flowering with some in early pod, canola anywhere from bolting to full flower, and small grains flag leaf, heading, or flowering depending on when they were planted. The more moderate temperatures are a welcome relief from last week’s heat, but moisture is needed to help crops meet their yield potential.

A reminder that the WREC dryland field day is next Wednesday, July 14th at 4 pm followed by the irrigated field day at Nesson Valley on Thursday, July 15th at 8:30 am.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center