North Dakota wheat yields better than expected

Many areas of the state were grappling with extreme drought, but as harvest approached, producers found the crop was still in decent shape

Growers and agronomists in North Dakota were wondering in early July if any spring wheat would be produced in the western half of the state. Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the […] Read more


U.S. durum yields well below last year’s levels

Dustin Johnsrud, who farms near Williston, North Dakota, started harvesting his durum crop in mid August. As of Aug. 18, his earliest-seeded durum was performing better than anticipated, at 20 to 25 bushels per acre. But he’s assuming the rest of the crop won’t do as well. “The later seeded stuff… I’m thinking 10 to […] Read more


North Dakota wheat yields better than expected

Growers and agronomists in North Dakota were wondering in early July if any spring wheat would be produced in the western half of the state. Parts of the region were in an extreme drought: as little to no rain had fallen since April. As well, blistering heat, in the range of 35 C, scorched the […] Read more



Canola suffers in northern U.S. drought

It’s been incredibly dry in southwestern North Dakota this year. The area is so parched that locals can cite the last time it rained. “Right in our region, around Hettinger … we had our last significant rain in April,” said John Rickertsen, a North Dakota State University extension agronomist in Hettinger, 20 kilometres from the […] Read more