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Northwest ND (05/27/21)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

The Northwest got some very badly needed rain late last week and over the weekend. Precipitation totals for the past 4 days ranged from 1-3” with most places receiving 1.5-2” over 2 or 3 days. Most farmers finished planting prior to the rain, though I heard of some who quit early last week and were going to wait and see if it rained before continuing planting. Early planted crops are showing very uneven emergence due to the dry conditions, but this rain should help even things out a bit. For later planted crops that had not emerged yet, which it seems like most hadn’t, the rain should get them out of the ground more evenly. This rain has given us hope for a crop, but more will be needed to keep things on track.

The rain will also stimulate weed germination and I anticipate farmers will start their spray season in earnest this week. Multiple producers I spoke with did not do their typical burndown prior to planting in April or May because there were no weeds emerged at that time, it was that dry! But now, I expect weeds will get up and go and spraying prior to crop emergence will need to happen quickly for PRE’s.

Looking at the forecast, high temperatures will be in the 60’s most of the week and warm up to the 70’s over the weekend into early next week. Currently, there are no strong chances of rain in the 7 day forecast.

 

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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