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South Central ND (05/21/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

South-Central ND

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rain received during May 1-19 ranged from 3.8 inches (Harvey) to 6.0 inches (Marion), with reports indicating totals near 10 inches. Recent rains (May 16-18) ranged from 0.7-2.6 inches with several inches of snow. The rain (and snow) cooled soils – the region’s average temperatures at the 4-inch depth on bare ground (NDAWN) on May 18 ranged from 36-46 degrees. Also, May 19 had the lowest minimum air temperatures, ranging from 22-32 degrees. Crops with growing points below ground (small grain, corn and field pea) are expected to tolerate the cool soil temperatures, although some foliage may be damaged from the low air temperatures, especially with corn. Emerged soybean was at the greatest risk for plant death. With all crops, inspection for regrowth during this weekend will indicate plant response to the cold environment.

The weather forecast indicates that planting should resume the late this week. A small percentage of corn acres are yet to be planted while soybean will be the primary focus, with about 25% of the acres currently planted. Dry bean and sunflower planting will also commence when soil conditions are fit.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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