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Northwest ND (5/11/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND

Planting is going strong in most of the NW counties. Good progress is being made on getting small grains, peas, and lentils in the ground. With high temperatures in the low and mid 80’s at the end of last week, soils are warming quickly. Much of the NW could use 1” of rain. Areas of Divide and Burke Counties are still pretty good on soil moisture but much of Williams, Mountrail, and McKenzie Counties are getting dry. A thunderstorm rolled through the area the night of May 7th, but resulted in less than ¼” for most of the NW; however, a strip in eastern Williams County around Ray got 1-2” from the storm.

At the WREC dryland site west of Williston, spring wheat planted the week of April 17 is at 2-3 leaf stage and durum planted on April 21 is just emerged (spike stage). Peas and lentils planted in April are not up yet. With warming soils, we plan to plant our soybeans later this week here at the center.

Looking at the forecast, we should have good days for spraying today and tomorrow with winds picking up slightly over the weekend. Temperatures will be in the 70’s and may hit the 80’s again on Friday. The only good chance for rain is on Monday, so pushing to get crops in and pre-herbicides down before then is advised. Next week is looking a little cooler with temperatures in the 60’s, but there shouldn’t be much risk for frost.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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