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South Central (05/09/19)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The geographic area generally covered by this report includes a northern border of Sheridan County to Griggs County southward to Sargent County and west to Emmons County.

According to NDAWN, the region’s bare soil temperature at 4-inch depth during the past week (April 30-May 6) averaged only 42-48 degrees. At Carrington on May 7, a soil depth of 39°F was needed to reach a low of 32°F.

Alfalfa regrowth is up to 4 inches in height. Winter cereals are in the early tillering stage (see picture). Perennial weeds including quackgrass, dandelion, absinth wormwood, and field bindweed; and winter annual weeds are showing spring growth. Spring annuals including kochia, common lambsquarters, common ragweed, and wild buckwheat also have emerged.

The Carrington REC’s first research trials (pulse crops) were planted on April 23. Planting of small grain in the region generally began late April, and corn planting has started this week. While 2019 crop planting has begun, 2018 corn and soybean harvest continues in scattered fields in the region.


Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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