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South Central / Southeast ND (06/20/19)

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

According to NDAWN, the region’s total rainfall May 1 through June 17 ranged from 2.1 inches (Carrington) to 5.2 inches (Oakes). Previous ‘dry’ parts of this region (Eddy, Foster, Sheridan and Wells counties) received 0.5 to 1 inch of rain during the past week (June 11-17). The region’s corn growing degree day units accumulated from May 1 to June 17 range from 415 to just under 500, which is about one leaf or less growth less compared to the long-term average for the same interval.

Alfalfa is flowering and first cutting has begun. Winter wheat is in the flag to flowering growth stages. Spring small grain seeded during late April are jointing and early May planted corn is in the 4- to 5-leaf stages. The past week’s rain will help increase plant density of late-seeded row crops.

The picture is of paired rows in a pinto bean study at the Carrington REC that compares paired 7-inch rows (centered at 28 inches) with 21- and 28-inch rows, plus three targeted plant populations of 50,000, 70,000, and 90,000 plants per acre.

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Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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