Horizon Resources Grain Division Manager Levi Hall monitored the Wheat Quality Council’s Spring Wheat Tour from afar. Hall is based in Williston, North Dakota. “I was surprised at the southeast corner of North Dakota. There were more fields at 20 bushel/acre than I expected. When you look at pictures from Napoleon and compare those to pictures from Mohall, there weren’t a lot of differences. There’s high drought stress in both.” Hall says the tour missed a lot of the heavy abandonment areas. “We’ve seen a lot of it in the Watford City area. I would expect 60 to 70 percent of that area abandoned this year. Then, if you look at the southwest corner and they’ll likely be around 25 to 50 percent abandonment. The other thing we’ve seen is not abandonment due to haying or grazing, but lots of grasshopper stress.”
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