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Northwest ND (05/07/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Planting continues in Northwest ND in fields that are dry enough to allow it. In Williams County, the top 2” are dry but moisture is present below that. A few scattered showers moved through the area over the weekend with many areas receiving no or just a trace amount of rain. At NDAWN stations that received enough to record, 0.1”-0.25” was seen in most places. Temperatures have been cooler than normal and crops have been slow to emerge. This week’s forecast has highs in the 60’s and down into the 50’s over the weekend with overnight lows in the 30’s and chances of frost over the weekend. Hopefully next week warmer temperatures will come and stay.

Weeds are starting to germinate, so burndown spraying needs to get done if it hasn’t already. I’ve see tiny kochia and tansy mustard (aka flixweed) coming up. Overwintering rosettes of horseweed are green and a few of the early mustards like shepherd’s purse and pennycress are bolting and even starting to flower.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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