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Southwest ND (05/23/19)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Snow fell across most of the region over last weekend, along with rain. On May 18th, the average bare soil temperature in Dickinson dropped down to 40 degrees. It was quite the temperature swing in Dickinson with a high air temperature of 82 degrees on May 15th and a low of 31 degrees on May 18th. With cold and wet temperatures, there has not been a whole lot of GDD’s accumulating and, while there are some earlier planted small grains and canola emerged thanks to the warm weather on May 15th, growth has been slow. While many welcome the moisture, it is keeping folks out of the field and delaying planting and spraying.

According to NDAWN from May 14th to May 20th, Dickinson received 1.86 inch of moisture, Beach with 1.19, Bowman with 1.91, Hettinger with 2.15, Mott with 1.70, Hazen with 0.96, and the Dunn NDAWN station with 1.22 inch.

With the cold weather, be sure to check corn and soybean stands for symptoms of imbibition chilling injury as the stands emerge.

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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