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Northeast ND (05/27/21)

Information from the Northeast region of North Dakota.

Producers in Northeast ND were very concerned with severe dry conditions early part of last week, but the weekend showers alleviated some of those concerns. The amount of precipitation received ranged from a high of 2.33 inches to a low of 0.33 inches with some isolated areas receiving none. Small grain plantings are mostly done and many of the fields are greening up with seedlings at 2-3 leaf stage. Emergence is sporadic with good stands in low areas with moisture and patchy in dry and high land areas.  Rumors are heard of farmers contemplating going into planted wheat ground and seed soybeans if rain comes and spray out the wheat.  Soybean seed could be in short supply. There was a big rush to get fertility and canola/soybean plantings done prior to the forecast of the rain. Plantings of sugar beets, flax, dry beans, and sunflowers varies with some being done and others going in after the rain. Corn fields are emerging.  Pastures and hay crop have suffered the most due to drought conditions. Livestock producers are forced to liquidate their cattle to reduce the herds due to shortages of feed and water. Producers continue to haul water to livestock as the quantity and quality of the water in the dug outs is deteriorating.

 

Anitha Chirumamilla

Ext Agent/Cavalier County

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