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Northwest ND (06/02/16)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND picked up some much needed rain on Saturday and again on Memorial Day and into Tuesday. Totals as of mid-day Tuesday ranged from 0.75” in the southern portions of McKenzie Co. up to 1.5” in portions of Burke Co. The rain is welcome and should give crops the water they need after what has otherwise been a dry May for much of the area. Most planting was finished before rain started over the weekend, but some sunflowers, soybean, and other warm-season crops have yet to be planted.

The forecast for the remainder of the week is favorable for fields drying out and allowing planting to wrap up. Growers are encouraged to scout emerging crops for diseases, insect pests, and weeds that are likely to emerge with recent rains. If pre-herbicides were applied in the last few weeks, they should still be activated by the rain as long as the soil to which they were applied did not leave the field, i.e. blow away.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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