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Southwest ND (08/26/21)


According to NDAWN from August 1st to August 23rd Dickinson received 1.29 inches of rain, Beach 0.94, Amidon 0.70, Bowman 1.04, Hettinger 1.54, Mott 1.18, Carson 1.17, Mandan 0.66, Hazen 0.67, and Dunn 1.78. Most of that rainfall came August 19th and 20th. Late planted canola and small grains continue to be harvested. Yields continue to be variable, with some who caught timely rains showing average to above average yields. Even though we are in a drought, I am still finding ergot along the edge of some wheat fields. Whether harvesting for grain or cutting for hay be sure to scout for ergot before harvesting and manage accordingly. More information on ergot can be found in the publication “Ergot in Small Grains”

This fall we will be conducting the National Sunflower Production Survey funded by the National Sunflower Association. In this survey we measure yield estimates and factors that limit yield such as disease, insects, weeds, and management issues in North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Manitoba, Nebraska, Kansas, Colorado, and Texas. If you have a sunflower field that you’d like to be surveyed please contact your local NDSU Extension agent or myself. More information on the survey can be found on the NSA website


Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center