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On the Farm: Recovering from Spring

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The 2014 agricultural season in North Dakota looks to be rebounding from a difficult spring."It was really a challenge to start with, to get the year going. Cool, wet conditions, we struggled to get timely applications of herbicides, timely applications of fungicides on," says NDSU Research Agronomist Eric Eriksmoen.

But now in August, things are looking good.

"The crops look fantastic this year. All of the small grains, and all of the cool season crops, because of the weather conditions that we've had, it's been really just the right conditions for cool season crops," he says.

Good conditions could mean strong yields for wheat, canola and barley. And warm season crops like corn look good, but there's still a ways to go before farmers have an idea of the outcomes on those. As long as moderate conditions continue, producers should be happy.
"Those are the two extremes that crops don't like, really hot and really cold," says Eriksmoen.

According to the USDA's Crop Progress and Condition Report, for the week ending Aug. 3, the south-central part of the state was the only area that received significant moisture. North-central North Dakota continues to be a unique growing area with favorable weather.

"You see canola, spring wheat, barley, winter wheat and corn, all of the cool and warm seasons come together in this area, which is tremendous," he says.

With harvest time fast approaching many farmers may have their sights set on the finish line, but Eriksmoen reminds them that the race isn't over just yet.

"Because of some of the weather that we've had this year, there could be some tailoring issues, some later immature grain along with the mature grain.  Make sure that you deal with some of those issues, look out for bugs, look out for wet spots, and take care of your crop," he says.

To check out the North Dakota Crop Progress and Condition Report visit www.nass.usda.gov.

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