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Northwest ND (5/18/17)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Northwest ND

Northwest ND had a few brief thunderstorms pass through the area over the weekend of the 13th, but not a lot of precipitation. For the most part, planting and spraying was able to continue uninterrupted. The heaviest rains fell on Monday with about ½” over much of the area and 1” or more in NE Williams-SE Divide-SW Burke Counties and also in E McKenzie-S Mountrail Counties. The rain was much needed and should get planted crops up and out of the ground.

Early planted wheat is starting to tiller while wheat planted the last week of April is about 2 leaf stage. Peas planted the last week of April or first week of May are starting to emerge. Monday’s rain should get planted crops out of the ground quickly and ramp up the growth of crops that were planted a few weeks ago. Temperatures in the up-coming week should be in the 60’s and 70’s with cloudy conditions expected. There are no strong chances of rain through the weekend, so those delayed by Monday’s rain should be able to get back into the field today or tomorrow.

Take advantage of calm and less windy days to get spraying done. Remember that winds are usually calmest in the morning and tend to increase as the day warms up and through the afternoon.

Clair Keene

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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