Northwest ND (07/15/21)
Temperatures were more moderate in the Northwest last week with highs in the 70s and 80s. Most places received 0.5-1.25” of rain total between Thursday, July 8 and Friday, July 9. This timely rain was much needed to support grain development, though yields are already limited by the extremely dry conditions earlier in the season. Early planted small grains are beginning to fill seeds and are in the early milk stages. Later planted fields are heading and flowering. Peak canola bloom seems to be behind us already and many fields are starting to taper off. Peas and lentils are in early pod stage. The forecast for the coming week shows high temperatures in the 80s for the first half of the week and then climbing into the 90s by Thursday and through next week. There are no strong chances of rain this week.
A reminder that the Williston Research Extension Center dryland field day is this Wednesday, July 14th starting at 3:45 pm Central and running until 7:00 pm. The ribbon cutting for the new WREC seed cleaning facility will be at 6:00 pm followed by a steak and lamb supper at 7:00 pm. Speakers include Dr. Brian Jenks of the NCREC discussing weed control during drought, Dr. Audrey Kalil of WREC discussing root rot in peas, and Dr. Carrie Miranda, the new NDSU soybean breeder, talking about variety development in the NDSU soybean program.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Williston Research Extension Center