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South-Central/East ND (06/08/17)

Information from the South Central/East region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rainfall during April 1 to June 6 ranged from 4 inches (Cooperstown and Streeter) to 1.1 inches (Harvey). With exceptions in localized areas (e.g. eastern Foster County and Medina/Streeter area), rainfall is needed to replenish topsoil moisture for crops, hayland and pastures especially in western counties from Sheridan and Wells southward to Emmons and McIntosh.

Alfalfa is in the bud to early flower stages and cutting has begun. Winter cereals are in the boot through flowering stages. Barley and spring wheat seeded mid-April are in the jointing stage. The high air temperatures during the first 5 days of June (e.g. maximum temps June 1-5 at Carrington = 84-95 degrees F) likely reduced head size and number of tillers of spring wheat that was in the 4- to 5-leaf. Corn planted mid-April is at the 5-leaf stage and planted early May is at 3 leaf. Row crop planting is essentially complete. Soybean generally are in the unifoliate stage (VC) and dry bean plants are emerging.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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