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Northwest ND (05/23/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

The rainfall in the forecast for late last week and over the weekend was not as widespread or as much as predicted. NDAWN stations at Watford City and Williston reported 0.82” and 0.78”, respectively, but no rain greater than 0.1” was recorded at Alamo, Crosby, Bowbells, or Ross. Temperatures were in the 50’s and 60’s over the weekend with generally cloudy conditions keeping things cool. Planting continues where rain didn’t fall and many farmers seem to be in the final stretch for getting acres seeded. Crops planted in mid to late April are emerged or starting to emerge with some pea and wheat rows now visible. Emergence seems to be off to a slow start this year with cloudy days preventing the soil from warming up rapidly. The forecast for this week has highs in the 60’s, lows in the 40’s, and a chance of rain on Friday.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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