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North Central ND (05/06/21)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

In north central region we had some rain last week, but the dry pattern and the extreme drought condition has been sustained in most part of the region. Topsoil moisture is low and as expected, we have observed higher soil moisture in cropping systems with more residue in the soil surface (Figure 1). The pictures were taken on May 3 and the rainfall received in the fields (50 yards apart) was the same. The planting activity increased since last week, mostly for pulses, canola and small grains. Some producers have reached us expressing their concerns regarding surface broadcasted urea and dry conditions, given that some of those experienced more than seven days without rain after the urea application. Fortunately, the rain observed last weekend might helped to alleviate their concern.

The North Central Research Extension Center’s (NCREC) research trials are moving on with pulses, canola and small grains. In the days to come with the increase of the soil and air temperature corn and soybean will start to be planted. We have observed the follow precipitation reports by NDAWN stations since the start of April: Minot: 0.35”; Bottineau: 0.22”; Garrison: 0.23”; Karlsruhe: 0.64”; Mohall: 0.61”; Plaza: 0.15”; and Rugby: 0.13”. The average soil temperature at the NCREC since May 1st appears to be in the low to mid 50’s (degrees F). We have seen perennial weed (dandelion) regrowing and a few spring annuals including kochia emerging in the field.

prochaska and bortolon

 

TJ Prochaska

Extension Crop Protection Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

 

Leo Bortolon

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU North Central Research Extension Center

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