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North Central ND (05/13/21)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

A dry pattern continues to grasp the north central region of North Dakota. For most of the region, the precipitation enjoyed by parts of the western and southwestern areas of the state was not observed. Here are some quick precipitation reports as observed by some area NDAWN stations over the last week (beginning May 3rd): Minot: 0.02”; Bottineau: 0.00”; Garrison: 0.00”; Karlsruhe: 0.02”; Mohall: 0.01”; Plaza: 0.05”; and Rugby: 0.00”. Additionally, the soil temperature at the NCREC appears to be in the low to mid 50’s (degrees F).

As of May 10th, planting remains rather limited.  Small grains and pulses are in the ground, but cold overnight temperatures (low 20s) have slowed planting for canola and soybeans. The NCREC agronomy teams started canola planting on May 10th and are looking to begin soybean planting this week, with warmer day and nighttime temperatures expected for the remainder of the week.  Some pre-emergence herbicides are being put down.  Pennycress, mustards, and kochia are some of the weeds that are currently emerging, however, the drought is slowing that progress for weed development.

If growers decide to plant into dry soils, avoid to go deeper than the 1.5-inch for most crops. Despite soil moisture in the upper soil profile, chasing the moisture beyond two-inch depth can be risky. Make sure to utilize good seed quality, mainly regarding to vigor. Some seeds require a high percent of their weight in moisture to start the germination process. One important issue to pay attention to when planting deeper is the possibility of furrows sealing back and crusting, which will make emergence more difficult and could increase the risk of pathogen infection. Despite the dry pattern we are facing in the region, producers must take into the account the forecast and long-term weather pattern and adjust the crop management accordingly.


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.



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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