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Southwest ND (05/04/17)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Southwest ND

Other than a few days with high winds, weather has been cooperative for spraying and small grain planting has been going strong in most of the region for the past couple of weeks. With weather conditions going into the winter there was concern for Wheat Streak Mosaic Virus (WSMV) for this spring. County Extension agents across the southwest worked hard to get the word out to growers in an attempt to catch any issues before it is too late. For fields being planted to small grains this spring it is important to eliminate all small grain volunteers and grassy weeds for two weeks before planting to reduce the risk of mites spreading the virus from overwintering hosts. While weather has been great for planting, most of the region could use a good shot of rain. According to NDAWN, between April 12th and May 3rd, Dickinson has accumulated 0.44 inch of rainfall and Beach is at 0.33 inch. Farther south and east they have received more rainfall with Bowman at 0.85 inch, Hettinger with 1.19 inch, and Mott with 1.22 inch. Most of that rainfall was on April 19th. Many farmers in the region have finished planting small grains and have moved on to canola and some have started with peas.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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