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Northwest ND (5/31/18)

Information from the Northwest region of North Dakota.

Early-season crop planting is mostly done in NW ND. Rain showers in the middle of last week have delayed planting of the last few fields of spring wheat for some farmers, but fields remaining now are largely going to warm-season crops such as sunflower, annual forages, or soybean. Much-needed rain fell across the area over Memorial Day weekend. Sunday through Tuesday totals ranged from 0.5” in Bowbells to 1.5” in Alamo in Williams County. Crosby received about 1.25” and Williston 0.75”. Watford City received about 0.6” on Sunday but missed storms on Monday and Tuesday. Thunderstorms are again likely Thursday afternoon on the 31st and some places may pick up more rain on Friday, June 1st. After that, temperatures are predicted to be in the 60’s and 70’s during the first week of June. The moisture and moderate temperatures should help get late-planted crops off to a good start. At the Williston Research Extension Center, spring wheat is tillering and pulse crops are emerged. Attention has turned to spraying and early-season weed control. I noticed a few narrow leaf hawksbeard plants bolting around the WREC, so control is needed now to prevent it from going to seed.


Clair Keene 

Clair Keene

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Williston Research Extension Center

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