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North Dakota corn, soy crops looking good

A hailstorm near Ashley damaged these soybeans shown here June 24. They retained some leaf material, so farmers expected them to recover fully. Mikkel Pates / Forum News Service

North Dakota corn and soybean crops both were rated 85 percent good to excellent in the June 22 crop report by the National Agricultural Statistics Service.

Much of southeast North Dakota received another 1 to 3 inches of rain. Temperatures in the eastern part of the state were slightly warmer than average, while temperatures in the west were slightly colder. There were 4.5 days of fieldwork for the week ending June 20, with topsoil rated surplus in 29 percent of the state.

The NASS report says North Dakota soybeans were 73 percent emerged, behind the 86 percent average for the date. Wheat and barley crops were rated 83 and 81 percent good to excellent, respectively.

Corn rankings in other states where corn and beans are prevalent: South Dakota, 81 percent; Minnesota, 70 percent. Soybean rankings in the good to excellent categories were 76 percent in South Dakota and 64 percent in Minnesota.

Weed head start

LITCHVILLE, N.D. – Frequent wind and rain delays are giving weeds a head start, says Dave Knutson, an application technician for Dakota Plains Cooperative in Litchville. On June 24, Knutson and driver Dale Rienstra were spraying a corn field a second time to stop some kochia. Most crops had been planted before excessive rains.

“We’re running two machines out of Litchville, so we’re kinda getting caught up,” Knutson says. “We’ve been putting in half-days due to wind or rain.” Weed pressure has increased because of wind and rain delays.

Crops that were treated with pre-emerge herbicide applications were looking better. The co-op usually starts with pre-emerge herbicides for soybeans and corn and then moves to small grains.

“We’re all done with wheat because the wheat is quite a ways along,” Knutson says.

Beans on the rocks

ASHLEY, N.D. – Aldeen Sandmeier works for farmer partners Randy and Lyle Ulmer and Lyle Fey on farms near the South Dakota border.

On June 24, Sandmeier was hauling 2013 barley to town. “We’re waiting to lay hay down,” he explains.

Crops looked generally good, but a recent storm brought in some significant hail. Crops such as soybeans had enough intact leaf area remaining to recover, Sandmeier figures.

The farm raises mostly barley and beans. It raises some corn, but cut it for silage for a cow-calf operation, which is benefitting from recent favorable markets.