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South Central ND (08/31/17)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate August 1-28 rainfall ranging from 6.7 inches (Brampton) to 2.2 inches (McHenry and Pillsbury). Total rainfall from April 1 to August 28 ranges from 14.1 inches (Cooperstown) to 7.4 inches (Wishek). Estimated daily water use by corn and soybean during the past week (August 22-28) averaged <0.1 inch/day.

Most spring wheat fields have been harvested, with yield reports continuing to be variable but trending upwards, whereas grain protein is trending downward.

Carrington REC early season crop variety trial data is being posted at Currently posted trials include agronomic data on winter cereals, spring wheat, barley, oat, field pea and canola.

Corn planted during the first week in May or earlier generally is denting (R5 stage), which indicates the crop is about a month from black layer (R6 stage). Based on NDAWN growing degree day units accumulated from May 1 planting date to August 28, the region is generally behind the long-term average, but this week’s temperatures should aid in catch-up. Soybean are in the late seed formation stage (R6) to initial maturity (R7); dry bean in the late seed formation (R7-8) to maturity (R9) stages; and sunflower in the seed-development (R7-8) stages.


Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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