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Northwest ND (05/04/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND

Very few farmers were able to start planting before Easter, but activity since then has picked up. Some of the first small grains went in the ground the week of April 17th and continued the week of the 24th. A little bit of snow, hopefully the last for the season, started the week of the 24th for many locations in NW ND. Since then, we haven’t had much rain, just a few scattered showers. Heavy snowfall over the winter recharged soil moisture through much of the soil profile across the region, but we are starting to get just a little dry at the soil surface.

The forecast for the next few days looks great for planting. Temperatures will climb into the 70’s by Thursday and likely into the 80’s through Sunday. Higher temperatures along with sunny conditions will warm up the soil and encourage seeded crops to emerge quickly. With a chance of thunderstorms on Monday, acres seeded this week should get off to a good start.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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