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South Central ND (06/02/16)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rainfall ranging from 0.6 inch (Carrington) to 2.7 inches (Linton) during the past week (May 25-31).

Alfalfa is in the bud to early flower stages. Winter cereals are heading. Barley and spring wheat seeded the first-half of April range from jointing to flag leaf (Barley) growth stages.

April-planted corn is in the three- to four-leaf (V3-4) stages. Based on NDAWN, corn planted on April 30 has accumulated 290 to 400 growing degree day (GDD) units through May 31. For this period, 30 to 110 more GDD units have accumulated compared to the long-term average. Some corn fields have variable timing of plant emergence, likely due to dry conditions during and following planting.

Soybean planted the first week of May or earlier is in the unifoliate to first trifoliate stages (VC-V1). Soybean, dry bean, sunflower and flax planting should soon be completed. Also, annual warm-season forages are being planted. Pasture growth generally is slow.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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