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Southwest ND (04/29/21)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

It is dry.

Extreme drought conditions persist throughout most of the region. A large portion of HRSW and canola are planted. Some had been waiting to put durum and a few other crops in with sub-freezing temperatures, but with the warm weather in the forecast more field activity will be seen this week. The dry weather has limited weed emergence along with many other things, very little activity from spray equipment in the region. Under these dry conditions, a PGR seed treatment may be helpful with early vigor.

Dr. Chris Augustin and I have been collaborating with several county Extension ANR Agents on locating trial sites for no-till lime application research. It is important to remember to keep in mind a sample of 0-3” and 3-6” is helpful in finding stratified soil acidity in no-till systems. To learn more about soil acidity be sure to check out the publication “What is Soil Acidity?”

Many are facing low pH issues in their soil that were not expecting it to be an issue. While the issue may be more prominent in Stark and Hettinger County we’ve found fields everywhere between Kidder County and Golden Valley County that had zones with a pH less than 5.5. Liming is the preferred method of dealing with this issue, but there are also band-aid approaches including tolerant varieties, seed placed phosphorus, and other in-furrow treatments.


Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center



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