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South Central ND (5/25/17)

Information from the South Central region of North Dakota.

The region’s NDAWN stations indicate rainfall during the past week (May 17-23) of 0 to 0.8 inch (Fingal). Rainfall would be welcome in most of the region to aid row crop plant emergence and to activate pre-emergence herbicides.

Alfalfa is in the bud stage. Winter cereal growth stages range from flag leaf to heading. Barley and spring wheat seeded mid-April are tillering (4- to 5-leaf stages). Small grain stands continue to look excellent. Corn planting should be completed and soybean planting should nearly be completed by Memorial Day weekend. Mid-April planted corn is nearing the 3-leaf stage (V3). ‘Yellow’ corn is common but should be temporary with consistent sunshine and warmer soils. Dry bean and sunflower plantings are in progress. Hay-land and pasture grass growth are slow in developing.

Weeds are doing well! The newest emerged annual weed is Eastern black nightshade. POST herbicide application in small grain and corn is in progress as weather conditions allow.

Greg Endres

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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