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Southwest ND (05/03/18)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Mother Nature has been very indecisive this spring. Due to snowfall events and cool temperatures, spraying and planting were delayed until recently in most of the southwestern part of the state. On Friday April 27th soil moisture and wind speed were finally at a point where many farmers in the region could begin spraying. There were some in the Mott and Regent area that had a significant amount planted earlier in the month.

                On April 12th and 13th, many in the region received snowfall. NDAWN shows that the bare soil temperatures in Dickinson, Beach, and Mott did not reach 40 degrees until April 19th, and Bowman didn’t reach 40 until April 21st. Rainfall events on April 23rd and April 29th brought some much needed moisture to the region, but the April 23rd system brought snow instead of rain to some. You can still see some snow on the buttes in the New England area as of May 1st. Soil moisture is adequate as of now for most in the region, however even though there is much that needs to be planted, no one would complain if we received more rain.

                Small grains, peas, and canola acres have been going in the past week. Corn will most likely begin to be planted within the next week. The extended cool temperatures delayed weed growth so many have waited longer than in the past to begin planting to ensure a good pre-plant application of herbicides.

                With the shortage of forages last year, many are planning to put in some annual forages this year. Producers should also be sure to check on their alfalfa stands and soil fertility levels to ensure they are getting an optimum amount of forage per acre. Be sure to check the NDSU Extension Publication SF1863, Alfalfa Soil Fertility Requirements in North Dakota Soils

and other Extension resources to ensure the alfalfa stand is bringing in its full potential.buetow.tractor

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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