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Northwest ND (05/21/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

A lot of crops were planted last week and most producers are past the half-way mark if not farther along. Most small grains and pulses have been planted and those growing sunflower, soybean, and corn are moving on to planting their warm-season crops. Now we just need some rain! A few scattered showers moved through Northwest ND over the weekend of May 16, but most places received less than 0.1”. The top soil is dry in most areas and strong winds and warm temperatures are only drying the surface out even more. Highs for this week are predicted to be in the 80’s with a chance for some showers and cooler weather over Memorial Day weekend.

Despite the good planting progress this spring, crop emergence is slow. Cool weather the past two weeks and dry conditions are making crops dependent on soil moisture alone for germination. Peas and lentils planted 3 weeks ago are emerging with the farthest along at 1 true leaf. Small grains planted about two weeks ago are just now emerging. Without significant rain, spotty stands are likely as crops struggle to get going.


Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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