Southwest ND (08/12/21)
According to NDAWN, from April 1st to August 9th Dickinson received 7.02 inches of rain, Beach 4.5, Amidon 7.43, Bowman 5.82, Hettinger 7.63, Mott 10.45, Carson 7.01, Mandan 5.95, Hazen 5.95, and Dunn 6.11. Most of that rainfall came in large events with long periods without any rain in between. Heat during flowering of small grains and canola along with drought stress has reduced yield and quality in parts of the region. Heat and wind are continuing to worsen row crop conditions. Grasshoppers continue to thrive. Small grain harvest continues with many fields averaging in the 20-30 bushel range per acre with poor test weight, and some fields are worth more as forage (check for nitrates). When cutting oats or other annual forage crops, keep in mind that there will likely be a shortage of seed in 2022. Be sure to follow all plant variety protection regulations, but where possible it may be beneficial to save some of the forage crop for seed. There are pockets where the crops still look relatively good, however there isn’t much for canopy closure and everything is short in height. On the positive side, crop disease incidence is low.
Extension Cropping Systems Specialist
NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center