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South-Central/Southeast ND (04/29/21)

Information from the South Central/Southeast region of North Dakota.

The geographic area generally covered by this report includes a northern border of Sheridan County to Griggs County southward to Sargent County and west to Emmons County.

According to NDAWN, April 1-26 rainfall ranged from 0.25 to 1.7 inches (Lisbon). With the exception of the southeast (e.g. Ransom and Sargent counties), the region needs topsoil and subsoil moisture. Besides need for additional soil moisture, warmer soil temperatures are needed to establish small grain plants, and provide an adequate initial environment for corn and soybean seed germination.

The Carrington Research Extension Center’s (CREC) first research trials (spring and durum wheat variety performance) were planted on April 9. The April 26 picture displays the (lack of) development of the durum trial seedlings – radicle and coleoptile with minimal lengths after 18 days from planting (120 accumulated growing degree day units).

Alfalfa regrowth is slow with plant height currently at 2 inches or less at the CREC. Winter cereals are in the seedling to tillering stages, primarily depending on soil moisture levels during and following planting last fall. Perennial weeds including quackgrass, dandelion, absinth wormwood and leafy spurge; and winter annual weeds are regrowing. Spring annuals including kochia, common lambsquarters and wild buckwheat also are emerging.

Farmers likely will have the majority of the region’s small grain acres planted within a week. Corn planting is the most common crop currently being planted, with soybean soon to follow.



Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington REC


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