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Southwest ND (05/14/20)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Planting continues across the region. There are some with much more moisture than others. Cold temperatures and light scattered showers have slowed progress on planting and spraying, but overall we seem to be further ahead in the southwest corner of ND than the surrounding regions. With a couple days with temperatures below freezing there is some concern about emerged canola. Patience will be important, although it may look rough now, most stands will be fine. It’ll be important to keep an eye out especially in low spots. For corn that may have been planted early my biggest concern would be cold water imbibition or cold shock and if any pulses or soybeans had already emerged be sure to keep a close eye on stands.

According to NDAWN from May 5th to May 12th Dickinson received 0.2 inch of rain, some in the surrounding region have received more. The bare soil temperature over the same period has ranged from 44 to 58 degrees. Here at the Dickinson REC we have a majority of trials planted and will be planting an acidic soil soybean amendment trial this week if weather allows. Once all research is in the ground we’ll be planting a cover crop demonstration to showcase a wide range of species and mixes and how they grow in our region. It does appear that more acres than previous years are being planted into cover crops this season, a similar demonstration will be at the Hettinger REC as well.

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Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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