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South Central ND (05/28/15)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rain received during May 1-26 ranged from 3.8 inches (Harvey) to 6.4 inches (Marion). Daily soil temperatures currently are in the 60s. Crop growth should be accelerating with the adequate soil moisture, and favorable soil and air temperatures. Alfalfa has a height up to 12 inches. Winter cereals are jointing while spring wheat and barley generally are in the 3- to 5-leaf stage. Corn planted in April through the first week in May is in the spike to 2-leaf stage. Corn generally has recovered from the recent frost though pale green in color. The picture below was taken on May 26 of the CREC’s dryland corn hybrid trial that experienced a low temperature of 27 degrees and was briefly (less than 24 hours) covered with snow and ice. Soybean planted acres are about 75% completed, and dry bean and sunflower planting also is in progress. Remember to be timely on post-emergence weed control as weeds are rapidly growing along with our crops.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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