Northwest ND (07/21/21)
Hot temperatures set in mid-week last week and are here to stay through the weekend, according to the current forecast. Highs were in the 90s late last week and hit 101°F in Williston on Sunday. Highs are predicted to be in the 90s through the coming week with very low chances of rain. The heat is pushing crop maturity and causing crops to turn color quickly. During the WREC field day last Wednesday, July 14th, the pea variety trial was mostly green, but just today (July 19) a lot of plots are yellow and some even a little brown (see photo). Some lentils in the variety trial are also starting to turn and small grain drill strips are also showing some brown color (see photo). The small grain drill strips are at late milk to early dough stages, so there should be some grain out there to harvest. Unfortunately, the continued high temperatures and lack of rain will be very stressful to later planted crops that are flowering to early fill, any the heat may shut them down before the can successfully make grain. For anyone working outdoors this week, take breaks, drink plenty of fluids, and avoid heat stress to stay safe. It’s going to be a hot one!
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Williston Research Extension Center