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Northeast ND (05/03/18)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Like the rest of ND, it has been a slow start to perform spring work. Last week, I saw my first field activity on April 26. With the cool weather and frost still coming out the ground, the Langdon area field activity is extremely scattered. The LREC was able to seed their small grain plot at Cando on Monday under dry soil bed conditions. Optimum timing for spring grain seeding above Hwy 2 to the Canadian border is the first week of May. If you haven’t switched to using actual plants per acre population to figure out your seeding rates, consider doing it this year.  With the slow recovery in farm prices, perhaps there is some savings that can be found with this step. NDSU recommends 1.3 to 1.4 million plants/acre for spring wheat. When planting beyond the optimal timing, seeding rates can increase by 1% for each day up to 1.6 million plants/acre. If you are interested in a more detailed discussion of seeding rates by variety, check out this past Crop and Pest article:  https://tinyurl.com/y9quowqg

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center

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