Harvest in the county continues to roll on, some crops still waiting to mature
Mixed reviews reported for most producers
COUNTY – As a rule, topsoil moisture in the state, according to the latest North Dakota Crop Progress and Condition Report, is adequate. That’s helping row crop harvests of potatoes and sugarbeets and helping to finish off other crops like corn and canola in Walsh County.
The report, from the USDA National Agriculture Statistics Service (NASS) says 70 percent of topsoil moisture supplies in the state are adequate. Five percent were rated very short, 19 short, and 6 percent surplus.
Although spring wheat harvested statewide is at 91 percent, Walsh County extension agent Brad Brummond said approximately 20-25 percent of spring wheat in parts of western Walsh County is still standing. He said in those areas moisture contents are high and yields are down.
“I’m hearing scattered reports that the late wheat is coming off at 18 percent moisture and higher,” he said. “Quality is good, but yields aren’t tracking with some of the early wheat. I’m hearing of yields in the 30-40 bushel per acre range. There can be higher and lower yields out there, but that’s what I’m hearing.”
According to the NASS report, dry edible bean harvest in the state was 40 percent complete. Thirty nine percent of the crop is rated fair and 43 percent good.
Brummond said he’s been hearing a wide range of numbers as far as yields are concerned and expects the middle planted beans to do better than those planted early and late. He said some of the early crop had a lot of water damage to it and both early and late planted beans were affected more by heat and lack of water.
Soybean harvest in the state as of Monday was 3 percent complete. That’s far behind 52 percent last year and the 12 percent average. Some early soybeans in Walsh County are mature, with most stands still having a while to go to reach maturity.
Brummond said there were reports of some light frost in Walsh County last week, but nothing severe. He said because of the lack of a killing frost so far, corn is looking good.
“We have a lot of corn that’s just about there as far as maturity goes and I wouldn’t have bet on that,” he said. “I was told at a corn insurance meeting in June that we needed to get to the sixth of October without a frost and we just might get there.”
According to the crop progress report, 24 percent of the crop statewide is mature, that’s well behind 90 percent last year and the 40 percent average.
Brummond said the warm weather at the beginning of this week is very beneficial to late crops to help them reach maturity.
“This hot weather is really helpful to our corn, soybeans, late wheat and our late canola,” he said.
According to the report, 11 percent of the potato crop in the state has been dug. That’s behind 49 percent last year and the 38 percent average. Brummond said reports on potatoes in the county are mixed with some crops coming in better than expected and other farmers reporting smaller than usual spuds.
The pre-pile sugar beet harvest is wrapping up in the county with the stockpile harvest set to begin next week depending on the weather. 53 percent of the sugarbeet crop in the state is rated good with 11 percent excellent.
All in all, Brummond said the best crop in the county is Canola.
“It was an amazing year because some of this canola was flowering during the cold weather,” he said.
Most of the canola in the county is located in northwestern Walsh County, west of state highway 32.
Due to the high amount of prevent plant acres in the county, the number of spring wheat acres has increased Dramatically. Brummond said it’s not uncommon for winter wheat acres to spike when spring planting conditions are poor. He said the crop is emerging and looking good.
According to the statewide report for the week ending Sept. 23, no significant rainfall was received across the state last week other than a few isolated areas. After several weeks of temperatures being significantly above normal, last week’s average temperatures across the state were only slightly above normal. The report said there were 5.2 days suitable for fieldwork in the past week.