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Northwest ND (05/25/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND had a few scattered showers pass through on Sunday but there were no big rain events anywhere in the NW last week. Most areas had less than 0.1” total. There were areas of frost on Thursday and Friday morning (May 18 and 19) last week, but crops appear mostly unaffected. Spots of alfalfa in a low-lying field at the Williston Research Extension Center showed a bit of frost damage, but nothing substantial.

                Crops throughout the region are mostly up. At the Williston REC, early-planted wheat has 2-3 tillers and wheat planted the last week of April is in the 2-3 leaf stage. Pea, lentil, chickpea, flax, safflower, and canola planted 2-3 weeks ago are emerged. The only crops the station has left to plant are soybean and sunflower.

                The forecast for this week has temperatures mostly in the 60’s and 70’s with no strong chances of rain in the next few days. This should facilitate planting for anyone who had a late start or who got pushed out of the field by the rain last Sunday to Monday. Some of the wetter areas of northern tier counties are a bit behind on planting.  This week should provide a window to get crops planted or finish if you’re further along. Best wishes for a happy and safe Memorial Day!

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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