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Northwest ND (06/07/18)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Planting is wrapping up in Northwest ND. There are a few fields still not planted where rain has delayed what for some has already been a late spring. Scattered storms and strong winds moved through the area Thursday, May 31, through Saturday, June 2. The northern tier received the most rain with northern Williams, Divide, and Burke Counties reporting totals of 1” to more than 3”. Hail was reported to accompany some storms. Southern Williams and McKenzie Counties got a little less rain, with totals ranging from 1” to 1.5”. Warm temperatures returned on Monday and highs are predicted in the 70’s and low 80’s for the remainder of the week. There is another chance for scattered thunderstorms on Friday. Spring wheat planted at the Williston Research Extension Center is tillering and stands of most crops look good. Crop growth progress is expected to be steady with adequate soil moisture and moderate temperatures. In-crop weed control is now on everyone’s to-do list. I have noticed downy brome heading out and narrow leaf hawksbeard flowering at the WREC so the window for controlling many winter annuals is closing quickly.

 

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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