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Northeast ND (05/21/15)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

It was a quiet week for farm activity but a big week of precipitation in the form of rain, snow, and freezing rain.  Rain accumulations for the week are between 1.2” and 3.75”.  Benson County has reports over 5 inches of rainfall in last 10 days in isolated areas. 

We remain cold.  Minimums hovered around 28°F in the northern tier counties.  By the end of week, we should have a clearer picture if any frost damage occurred.  Emerging soybeans and sugarbeets are the highest risk crops to evaluate.  Canola can handle down to 24°F.  Cotyledon stage canola is less frost tolerant than older canola.  Cotyledons can be frost-nipped and the plant still can survive.  Growers should scout for an alive growing point, which will have developing leaves expanding.  Allow 4 to 10 days after frost before making a final determination.

Lesley Lubenow

Area Extension Specialist/Agronomy

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