The hot weather is not great news for the small grains in North Dakota. The barley crop is doing ok, but it needs rain. North Dakota Barley Council Executive Administrator Steve Edwardson says there are two caveats for small grains impacted by hot conditions in an already dry year. “It pushes the crop through its development stages quickly and can impact the final yield. Without the moisture, the stress alone will result in stunting and it will lessen the top end of production. It hurts yield, there’s no question.” The spring wheat conditions vary in the state. North Dakota Wheat Commission Marketing Specialist Erica Olson says growers are very concerned about the outcome of the crop. “It’s been a very difficult spring. We are crossing our fingers for a rain.”
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