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Northeast ND (05/05/16)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Since last Friday, farm activities have finallyne nd.lubenow.saline soil amped up across the region after a period of cloudy and cool weather.  In mid-April, the region received between 1 to 4 inches of rain. Now, wet fields have dried off, a testament to the dry fall and open winter. Exacerbated by the Tuesday’s high winds, producers are experiencing a loose, powdery seed bed. Accurate seed placement is difficult in these conditions. Some producers are coping by rolling the field to firm up the seed bed. Also, the dry soil profile has saline areas looking florescent white (see photo). Small grains seeding is moving quickly. Early seeded small grains are emerging in the north valley and around Hwy 2. Sugarbeets are expected to be finish seeding by the end of the week. Corn, field pea and potatoes also are going in the ground. After the May 5th insurance date, we expect some soybean fields to be seeded in the region. Producers should keep in mind that we are not out of the average frost date window yet (as I scrap the frost off my car windshield off on Wednesday morning). Generally, soybeans that are seeded about 5 days prior to last average killing frost date have good odds of avoiding a killing frost, a less than 50% chance.

2016 is low commodity price year. Save some money by skipping an insecticide seed treatment on soybeans unless seed corn maggot or wireworms have been problematic. Also, be wary of ‘silver bullet’ non-traditional soil amendments.

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

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