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Southwest ND (05/10/18)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Some more moisture has fallen in parts of the southwest in the past week from May 1st-May 8th. Here at the Dickinson Research Extension Center we didn’t receive any rainfall during that time, but scattered showers have helped the surrounding area. Soil moisture is still adequate throughout most of the southwest corner of the state, but we could definitely use a nice rain shower. The average bare soil temperature at the Dickinson NDAWN station shows 68 degrees Fahrenheit on May 8th. As the soil warms up some corn acres will begin to be put in, however it sounds like many are reducing the number of corn acres planted this year.

Winter wheat as a cash crop has gone down in acreage the past couple of years, but the winter wheat stands I’ve seen are looking good. Many decided to plant forage winter wheat this past year.

Small grains, canola, and pulses continue to be planted. Roads are full of sprayers, planting equipment, and anhydrous ammonia. Be sure to be patient on the roads and to give farm equipment the space that they need.

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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