FROM AROUND THE STATE
ISSUE 6 June 10, 2004
Planting of soybean, dry bean, sunflower and small patches of small grain is occurring throughout the region. Counties along highway two are nearly done planting, however most farms will have some prevent plant. Northern areas of Rolette and Towner and Cavalier counties received 1-2" of rain and hail Sunday night for a total of 5" to 7" rain this last week. These areas will have a large percentage of acres not planted to crops. Growers are switching to earlier maturing varieties of soybean and sunflower.
Flea beetle, cutworm and seed corn maggot problems have been reported. Fertilizer applications pre and post plant are common. Weed spraying is difficult due to field wetness and water ponding. Small grains are in the 3 to 5 leaf stage, corn is mostly 2-3 leaf, canola 3-4 leaf, and early soybeans and sunflower are emerging to unifoliate leaf stages, flax is emerging to 3-4' tall and winter wheat is approaching flag leaf emergence. Conditions for cool season crop growth is excellent, however GDD accumulations to date are fewer than in 2002 for warm season crops .
Area Extension Specialist
Devils Lake Area Office