Northwest ND (5/3/12)
Field work in the Mondak region has been underway since the middle of March due to the lack of snowfall and above normal temperatures. Many were waiting because they felt it was too early and worried about frost injury with some of the crops. Producers in the region got in several acres during the past week that ended with much needed rain. The region received anywhere from an half inch of rain to a little over an inch of moisture. We hit 91 degree on Thursday, April 24, which is a new record. With the cool temperatures the week before, very little damage was noticed to crops or alfalfa.
Durum, spring wheat and barley acres planted are at about 50% complete. Since seeding has been taking place for a while now, some producers in E. MT will be spraying their spring wheat crop soon. Peas and lentil acres planted are also around that 50% completion. Winter wheat stands look very good with only a couple fields having poor stands due to real late or early seeding. In the Yellowstone Valley, corn and sugarbeet acres are almost all seeded. Before our weekend moisture, many fields were being irrigated to get crops to germinated because of our dry conditions. Most of the seeding will be done in the region with another week of ideal planting conditions.
Area Ag Diversification Specialist
Williston Research Extension Center