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Northeast ND (05/04/17)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Northeast ND

Generally, fieldwork has just begun in the region with more seeding activity along Hwy 2 than the northern tier of counties. The short-term weather forecast looks favorable for planting conditions. Excessive moisture, which has plagued parts of the region last year, continues to be a worry if we receive a large amount of rain during this seeding window.

For canola growers, canola is known as being a flexible crop. At low densities, it can utilize the sunlight and moisture producing larger plants with more side branching. Alternately, at high densities, canola seeded too close together can cause spindly stems, reduce yield and have a higher risk for lodging. With seed prices being a concern for growers, NDSU completed a 2-yr study if crop revenue can be enhanced by using wider rows with a lower seeding rate.

A canola seeding rate x row spacing study was completed at Langdon and Prosper in 2015 and 2016. At Prosper, a 6-inch row spacing yielded significantly higher than 12 and 24-inch row spacings across all seeding rates in both years. At Langdon in 2015, there was an interaction between seeding rate and row spacing. Yield generally increased at 12 and 24 inches. In 2016, the 6 and 12-inch row spacings yield significantly higher than 24-inch row spacing. See full study here: https://tinyurl.com/mtf9xc8

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

NDSU Langdon Research Extension Center

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