At Minot, Chad Rubbelke went into the 2021 growing season very optimistic. “Seeding conditions were pretty decent, but we had extreme heat and high winds at planting. The durum seed that went into soybean stubble was up to a month before it germinated.” Rubbelke says his ground can typically handle dry conditions, but he’s never seen a season like this one. There has been three 100-plus degree events this spring that came at the wrong time. Rubbelke raises durum, wheat, canola and soybeans. “The small grains are on their way to being shot, but soybeans still have a chance. We had good germination on soybeans that went into all-wheat ground and the stand count is actually exceptional compared to what we normally see.” Rubbelke said he’s sure he’ll have to take the durum, wheat and canola to harvest for crop insurance reasons, but that’s the extent of it.
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