Southwest ND (07/01/21)
Heat and dry weather are pushing small grains in the region to abort tillers. There continues to be variability both across the region in drought stress and within fields on maturity and yield potential. There are pockets where wheat is 6 inches tall and headed out and within many fields there are plants headed out and flowering with some still in the boot. Secondary factors such as salinity, acidity, weed pressure, herbicide issues, root diseases and viruses are coming together with drought stress for troublesome situations. Blister beetles have been present in alfalfa for many in the region, please refer to Dr. Knodel’s article for more information on blister beetle management. According to NDAWN, from June 1st to June 29th Dickinson received 1.10 inch, Beach 0.70, Amidon 0.77, Bowman 1.20, Hettinger 0.51, Mott 2.15, Carson 2.62, Mandan 1.64, Hazen 2.32, and Dunn 1.54. Be sure to use the NDAWN small grain disease forecasting model at https://www.ag.ndsu.edu/cropdisease/small-grain-disease-forecasting-model-homepage for disease risk assessments. Be mindful of your cultivar disease susceptibility and if you are noticing significant dews or rainfall in the forecast when making decisions. Take care to have a plan in place for soil sampling this fall, take note of areas in the field that may need to be sampled into separate zones. Coming up on Wednesday July 14th from 8am-12pm mountain time we will have our agronomy field day at the NDSU DREC. Following a lunch provided by the Dickinson Chamber of Commerce Ag Committee we will have a soil sampling workshop from 1-4pm. CEU’s have been requested for CCA’s.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center