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South-Central/Southeast ND (06/25/20)

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

According to NDAWN, rainfall during May 1- June 22 ranged from 1.4 inches (Robinson) to 8.4 inches (Oakes), with the Carrington Research Extension Center (CREC) receiving 1.6 inches. While subsoil moisture is adequate, most of this region, except the southeast (Barnes County south to Dickey and Sargent counties), would welcome rain to rewet the topsoil. Corn growing degree day units for this early season generally are similar or slightly exceed the long-term average.

Harvest continues: 2019 corn and 2020 first-crop alfalfa and grass hay. Winter cereals are in the flowering to dough stages. Barley and spring wheat seeded late April are in the heading to watery ripe stages. Late-April planted corn has 6-7 leaves and soybean is beginning to flower. Late-planted row crops generally have variable stands due to planting in less desirable soil conditions than more timely planted crops.

Weed control continues to be the most challenging crop protection problem. Generally, minimal crop disease or insect problems have been reported or observed, with the exception that alfalfa weevil appears common in southwest counties.

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Greg Endres

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Carrington Research Extension Center

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