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Southwest ND (05/05/16)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

Soil moisture in the southwest was looking very bleak until mid-April. The past couple of weeks has brought much needed moisture in the forms of snow and slow soaking rains. According to NDAWN, rainfall in the region from April 15th to May 4th ranges from 1.99 inches in Beach to 2.78 inches in Dickinson to 3.65 inches in Hettinger. Just as rainfall has been variable so has planting this spring. In Hettinger County growers are virtually done with wheat and starting in on peas and canola. Further west towards Golden Valley County some are 1/3 done with planting small grains, pulse crops, and canola, with others just starting. Many have their wheat in and are finishing up with any other small grains before moving on to pulse crops or canola. Most in the region are planning on waiting a couple of weeks to start on row crops. There is some activity with herbicide application across the region as well. There are many that had their fertilizer applied before the rainfall came, but for those still looking to apply be sure to soil test and use the NDSU Nitrogen Calculators and Fertilizer Recommendation Tables and Equations.

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Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

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