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North Central ND (04/29/21)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

A dry pattern has controlled much of the north central region so far in the 2021 season. Some hit-and-miss locations have been lucky while others have missed the moisture. The NCREC has reported 0.95” of moisture for the month of April, however, the center seems to be a localized observation with that report.  Here are some precipitation reports as observed by some area NDAWN stations since the start of April: Minot: 0.33”; Bottineau: 0.18”; Garrison: 0.21”; Karlsruhe: 0.63”; Mohall: 0.59”; Plaza: 0.11”; and Rugby: 0.13”. Additionally, the soil temperature at the NCREC appears to be in the low to mid 40’s degrees F.

As of April 27th, we have not observed much planting activity in the region, however, overnight temperatures have been pretty low (20-degree F) and likely the reason for that observation. However, I have heard some discussion that many hope to start that activity this week. The NCREC agronomy team started on Tuesday.

The Good Bugs Workshop is fast approaching. Participants will learn about supporting beneficial insects that provide pest control throughout this webinar series. Conservation biological control is a science-based pest management strategy that seeks to encourage beneficial insects back into cropping systems for natural pest control, ultimately rewarding farmers with economically-viable pest management systems. Due to the COVID Pandemic, this year’s events will be virtual. The cost is free; however, pre-registration is required. To register, email TJ at or use the QR code below.


NDSU Extension has a new Extension Specialist at the NCREC. Dr. Leandro “Leo” Bortolon, NDSU Extension Cropping Systems Specialist, joined NDSU about 3 weeks ago. He is from Brazil, where he worked as a Research Soil Scientist with Embrapa for the last 10 years. Before joining Embrapa, he was a Research Associate with USDA-ARS-NLAE in Ames (IA). His backgrounds are related with on-farm research and extension projects to develop sustainable cropping systems. He is honored to be part of NDSU Extension and to help extend the science-based knowledge to North Dakotans.



TJ Prochaska

Extension Crop Protection Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center


Leo Bortolon

Extension Crop Protection Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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