ISSUE 1 May 15, 2008
The geographic area covered by this report includes a northern border of Eddy County to Sheridan County southward to Emmons County and east to Sargent County. The region generally is short on subsoil and topsoil moisture. The exception is counties near the South Dakota border that currently have adequate topsoil moisture. The combination of dry and cool soils will challenge the establishment of uniform plant stands, especially corn and small-seed crops. An inch or more of rain throughout the region would be welcome!
Stands of winter wheat are variable, ranging from fields being replanted to spring crops to excellent stands that are actively tillering. Growers with the later situation should be preparing to apply a foliar fungicide to suppress early-season leafspot disease. Small grain seeding is completed and corn planting should be completed by May 17. Soybean planting also is in progress. Small grain fields seeded in mid April are in the 1-leaf stage of growth. Weed growth has been slow like crops, but weeds are now emerging.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center