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North Central ND (05/20/21)

Information from the North Central region of North Dakota

A dry pattern continues to hold tight over the north central region of North Dakota.  Some hit-and-miss showers were observed in the area over the last few days, though, small amounts were recorded. However, there appears to be chances of moisture in the short term forecast towards the end of the week. With that said, here are some quick precipitation reports as observed by some area NDAWN stations over the last week (beginning May 10th): Minot: 0.02”; Bottineau: 0.01”; Garrison: 0.00”; Karlsruhe: 0.02”; Mohall: 0.00”; Plaza: 0.00”; and Rugby: 0.03”. Additionally, the bare soil temperature at the NCREC is observed at 68 degrees F. As of May 17th, planting continues throughout much of the north central region of the state. The NCREC agronomy teams are hoping, weather permitting, to wrap up planting this week with some soybean and sunflower still to be planted.  Pre-emergence herbicides continue to be applied when winds are low.  Pennycress, mustards, and kochia are some of the weeds that are being observed. Spring wheat has been observed in several variable conditions across the region. As shown in the accompanying figure (clockwise from top-left), we can see a well-established wheat field; uneven wheat emergence due to deep planting; emerged wheat showing symptoms of exposed fluctuating temperatures at the soil line with yellow and green color bands; uneven and delayed emergence resulted from soil crusting.


The Good Bugs Workshop is almost here. The deadline to register is Sunday, May 23rd. 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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