ISSUE 1 May 14, 2009
Rainfall this past week in most areas of southwest North Dakota exceeded a half inch with the majority of the rainfall occurring on the afternoon of May 8 and through the afternoon and into the evening on May 12. The least amount of rainfall recorded for the week by the North Dakota Agricultural Weather Network (NDAWN) was at Beach at 0.22 inches. Mott reported the greatest amount of precipitation at 1.08 inches. Lowest temperature reported for the week was 24oF at Mandan and Hazen on Sunday, May 10.
Winter wheat is tillering while spring wheat, durum, barley and field pea seeded the last week of April has emerged. Some producers are reporting that they are nearly done with seeding wheat while others are just really beginning to plant. Overall about 35% of the spring wheat crop has been seeded.
Area Extension Specialist - Dickinson REC
The geographic area covered by this report includes a northern border of Sheridan County to Eddy County southward to Sargent County and west to Emmons County. Using NDAWN data, the region received 0.4 to 1.3 inches of rain during May 1-12. The moisture wasnít needed and adds to frustration with crop planting delays or additional acreage that wonít be planted. According to NDAWN, bare soil temperatures at the 4-inch depth averaged in the mid-50s on May 12.
Some corn and sunflower fields are being harvested. Stands of winter wheat generally are acceptable, except in areas that lacked ground cover or had extended spring flooding. Winter wheat is in the tillering stage, and farmers should be applying top-dress nitrogen, herbicides, and foliar fungicide to suppress early-season leafspot disease. Crop planting progress is widely variable, generally ranging from 5 to 40 percent of the regionís acreage complete for small grain and 5 to 20 percent complete for corn. Small grain fields seeded in late April are emerging, but preliminary reports are the crop stands are variable. Soybean planting will begin during the week of May 17. Growth is accelerating with winter annuals and early-emerged, cool-season weeds including quackgrass, dandelion, and kochia.
Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems
NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center