WEED ARBORETUM AT CARRINGTON
A living weed exhibit is available for public viewing at the
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center. Before weeds can be effectively
managed, they must be properly identified. The objective of the arboretum is to
be a reference for farmers, landowners, gardeners, and other persons to aid in
weed identification and management. The exhibit contains over 60 weeds that are
labeled by common name. The weeds are arranged in groups as annual broadleaves,
annual grasses, winter annuals, biennials, perennials, and North Dakota noxious
weeds. Individuals or groups may informally visit the arboretum anytime during
the growing season. If a formal tour or training session is desired, please
During May 29 to June 4, area rainfall ranged from 0.44 inches at McLeod to 0.0 inches at several sites as recorded at NDAWN sites. An inch or more of rainfall would be welcome throughout the region, especially for late-planted crops not yet emerged. Subsoil moisture is adequate. Soybean, dry bean, and sunflower planting should be completed in areas north of I94 during the first full week of June. Some replanting of corn, canola, flax, mustard and soybean continues. The cool, early season and currently dry weather have reduced pasture and forage production. Livestock producers will likely be planting significant acres of emergency annual forage crops and cutting some small grain fields for hay. Small grain stands generally are excellent and growth stages range from emerging to jointing. Concerns exist for emergence of late-planted crops in dry soil, especially small-seeded crops including flax and millet.
Herbicide application in small grain, corn, and field pea is in progress. Disease problems are currently on hold. Some reports of wireworm in corn and soybean have been received. Flea beetle activity needs to be monitored in canola and tame mustard fields. Very few grasshoppers have been currently detected in roadside ditches, but populations and crop injury potential will increase if the dry weather continues.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping