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Northwest ND (05/28/20)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest North Dakota is past the half-way mark of acres planted and probably close to ¾ done. Most pulse crops and small grains have been planted and warm-season crops like soybean and sunflower are going in. Planting continued last week until rain started falling on Saturday afternoon. Light to steady rain showers continued most of the day Sunday throughout the region. Rainfall totals ranged from 0.25-0.5” at most NDAWN stations with a few getting less and a few seeing 0.75-1.0.” The rain was welcome and more is needed to get crops off to a good start. Predicted highs for the coming week are in the 70’s with temperatures rising over the weekend with the upper 80’s possible on Sunday, May 31st.

Crop emergence and development are responding positively to the rain: at the Williston REC peas are V2-V3, lentil V1, spring wheat and durum V1-V2, and some of the winter wheat is jointing. Weeds are also growing quickly with Russian thistle now emerged and some narrowleaf hawksbeard starting to bolt. Below is a photo of Russian thistle taken on May 26th at the WREC with a key included for scale. This Russian thistle is about 4” wide.

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Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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