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South Central ND (05/05/16)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

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

According to NDAWN, the region received from 1.5 inches (McHenry) to 4.1 inches (Jamestown) of rain during April. Currently, topsoil moisture is adequate but the soil profile has room for more moisture. Winter cereals are nearing or at jointing stage. Spring wheat and barley seeding began in early April, was delayed nearly two weeks until late April, and should be completed by May 10. Most corn planting began late April and should also be completed by the first third of May. Soybean planting also began this week.

Eight NDSU soybean planting date trials conducted during 2011-15 at Carrington, Hettinger, New Rockford, Prosper and Wishek averaged 9% greater yield (3.9 bu/acre) with planting April 24-May 5 versus May 15-23.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

 

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