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South-Central/Southeast ND (05/27/21)

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

According to NDAWN, the region’s total rainfall during May 1 through 24 ranged from 0.4 inch (Dazey) to 5.7 inches (Jamestown), and the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) received 1.3 inches. The rain during the past week aided small grain stands, and improved soil conditions for establishing corn and soybean, or to finish planting row crops including dry bean and sunflower. Unfortunately, the high winds of May 24-25 quickly evaporated moisture and caused considerable erosion from bare topsoil, especially rolled ground.

Alfalfa regrowth at the CREC is at <12-inch height and flower buds are present. Winter rye with advanced growth is heading. Spring-planted small grain are tillering, with most advanced fields nearing the jointing stage. The short-term forecast for cool weather will help maintain yield potential by promoting tiller growth and main stem head size. Corn may have had more variable plant emergence periods but generally adequate stands. Soybean planting is near completion while very few dry bean and sunflower acres should be left to be planted after Memorial Day. 

 

Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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