ISSUE 4   June 4, 2009

South-Central ND

Very little or no rain was received in the region during the past week, allowing considerable progress with crop planting. Cool-season crop and corn planting essentially is completed throughout the region. The majority of soybean, dry bean, and sunflower acres should be planted by June 6. However, most of the regionís fields continue to have portions too wet to plant. Alfalfa at Carrington is up to 20 inches in height. The regionís winter wheat is in the jointing stage or beyond. Small grain fields seeded during the first week in May are in the three- to four-leaf stage. Corn, soybean and sunflower planted up to May 22 have emerged. Tan spot can be found winter and spring wheat. Farmers are applying herbicides in early-planted small grain. Newly-emerged weeds recently observed at Carrington include nightshade, common ragweed and annual smartweed. Winter annuals and especially dandelion in reduced-till fields are challenging farmers if the weeds were not previously controlled before emergence of broadleaf crops.

Greg Endres
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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