Northwest ND (07/29/21)
Temperatures were a little more moderate, though still hot, this past week in the Northwest. Highs for last week were in the upper 80s to low 90s. A little rain, less than 0.5” in most places, fell in the southern portion of the NW early last week, but otherwise, no rainfall was recorded at most NDAWN stations. Crops continue to dry down quickly in the heat. Peas, lentils, and early planted small grains are turning color ahead of normal. I’ve heard from farmers with early planted wheat fields that the crop is very uneven with soft to hard dough stages present in the same field as a result of the uneven emergence that happened in the dry conditions. Harvest is probably a week or two away for most farmers in NW ND, though a few have started on the MT side of the border. Just a reminder to be safe out in the field with the hot temperatures and low humidity. Carry plenty of water to drink and a fire extinguisher.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Williston Research Extension Center