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North Central ND (05/03/18)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

Spring-like temperatures have arrived across the North Central region of North Dakota over the last week or two. Since the start of the 2018 calendar year, about 3.33 inches of (liquid) precipitation has been observed at the North Central Research Extension Center south of Minot.

Due to the late winter, farmers seem to be beginning many of their activities over the last week. Soil temperatures (bare) range from the low 40s to around 50 degrees (NCREC/Minot - 47˚F, Bottineau - 40˚F; Crosby - 48˚F; Garrison - 47˚F; Rugby - 40 ˚F). At the current moment, it’s probably been too cool to worry about some springtime insect pests, but monitoring of canola flea beetle (E1234) and pea leaf weevil (E1879) should begin as crops begin to emerge in the coming weeks and as temperatures begin to consistently reach the upper 50s and 60s in degrees Fahrenheit.

TJ Prochaska

Area Extension Specialist/Crop Protection

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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