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South-Central/Southeast ND (05/07/20)

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

According to NDAWN, the region’s average bare soil temperature at 4-inch depth on May 4 ranged from 43 to 52 F. Given the week’s forecast, this temperature range will likely remain similar for the week resulting in minimal small grain and corn seed germination and plant development. At Carrington on May 5, deep soil temperature down to nearly 6 feet was >35 degrees. April 1 through May 4 rainfall ranged from 0.3 inches (Robinson) to 2.7 inches (Oakes), with the Carrington REC receiving 1.0 inch. This region has at least adequate and generally excessive soil moisture.

Alfalfa regrowth is at <6-inch height. Winter rye and winter wheat are in the tillering to early jointing stages. Based on growing degree day units and limited field inspection, the region’s barley and spring wheat seeded the last weekend of April is emerging. However, corn planted April 24-26 is only about half-way to plant emergence.

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Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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