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Northwest ND (05/20/21)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Most farmers are wrapping up seeding and getting very close to done. For many, planting is winding down earlier than most years due to the dry weather allowing for early and quick seeding. A few scattered showers moved through the area the middle of last week, but most places recorded only a few hundredths up to 0.1” inch of rain. Very few crops have emerged, though the earliest planted fields are starting to look a little green. I expect that emergence is going to be very spotty in early-planted fields in which some seeds have enough moisture to germinate and others do not. Later planted fields may not germinate until we receive a more substantial amount of rain. Everyone is hoping the rain in the forecast happens. Currently, there is a chance of scattered thunderstorms Friday and showers over the weekend and into Monday. Rain is needed to get crops out of the ground in many fields. Temperatures will be lower with highs in the 50’s and 60’s over the weekend and into next week with the cold front and storms moving through, but we are expected to warm back up late next week.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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