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Northwest ND (06/03/21)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

We are starting to see the effects of the rain that fell over a week ago on the landscape. The ditches are greening up and crops are now visible in the fields. Early planted small grains have spotty stands with early-emerging plants having a few leaves to 1 tiller and later emerging plants at V1. Many of the fields with spotty stands just didn’t have consistent enough moisture to get all the seedlings out of the ground. Later planted crops are just starting to emerge. Scattered light showers moved through the area over the Memorial Day weekend but did not result in measureable rainfall in most places. Farmers who have not already finished planting wrapped up over the holiday weekend and are transitioning from planting to spraying.

Unfortunately, this week’s forecast is predicting difficult conditions for already struggling crops. The high for Wednesday is 87, 96 Thursday, and possibly upper 90’s or even 100°F on Friday, and mid 90’s on Saturday before getting back into the 80’s next week. There are no strong chances of rain during this heat wave, so crops that have just emerged will be subject to heat stress. Hopefully thunderstorms will develop with the heat, but if not, crop damage seems likely.

 

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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