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Northwest ND (05/30/19)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Rainfall on Friday, May 24th ranged from 0.25-0.5” across most of Northwest ND. Very little to no rain fell over Memorial Day weekend, despite there being strong chances predicted earlier in the week. Temperatures over the weekend were cool with cloudy conditions in the mornings but warmed up into the 60’s and 70’s in the afternoons. The forecast for this week is much warmer and sunnier than last week with a chance of thunderstorms over the coming weekend. Highs are predicted to be in the 80’s for most of the week with a chance of upper 80’s on Thursday. Most crops planted in late April and early May have emerged, though development has been slow with the cool temperatures and cloudy days. Spring wheat, durum, pea, and lentil are all emerged at the Williston Research Extension Center, and winter wheat is jointing. I have found kochia, common lambsquarters, Russian thistle, downy brome, and wild buckwheat emerged to about 2” tall, so now is a good time for early post spraying of weeds. The top soil is starting to dry out and rain is needed to support crop emergence and establishment.

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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