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Northwest ND (05/13/21)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Planting continued at a good clip last week with farmers getting many, if not most, of their acres seeded. Saturday, May 8th brought some badly needed rain to Williston and points south. The WREC NDAWN station recorded 0.52”, Watford City 0.38”, and Medicine Hole in Dunn County 0.69”. The Epping station, located roughly 10 mi north and 20 miles east of Williston, saw 0.21”. Unfortunately, the rain didn’t make it much farther north or east beyond that and NDAWN stations at Alamo, Grenora, Crosby, Bowbells, Ray, and Ross recorded no rain. The rain will help get seeded crops out of the ground where it fell, but with no subsoil moisture to tap into, we will need to continue to get timely rains to make a crop. High’s this week are predicted to be in the upper 60’s to mid-70’s with overnight lows mostly in the 40’s. There are small chances for scattered showers Wednesday and over the weekend, which we hope materialize.

Below are photos of a 5-year-old alfalfa stand at WREC taken on 5/10/2021. The photo on the left is representative of poor areas of the field while the photo on the right is one of the better spots. Regrowth is generally poor with most of the stems in the field only 2-4” tall. We are still extremely dry across the Northwest as you can see in the background of both photos. It looks more like a dry fall right now than it does spring.

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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