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Southwest ND (05/24/18)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Many in the southwest corner of the state have finished or are finishing up corn. Rain over the past week has been very scattered. Parts of Billings County received over an inch. According to NDAWN, from May 1st to May 21st Dickinson received 0.56 inches of rain, with most of that falling on May 18th. Over the same time period, NDAWN shows Beach with 0.84 inches, Bowman with 1.56 inches, Hettinger with 1.06 inches, Mott with 1.20 inches, Hazen with 0.13 inches, and the Dunn County station with 0.17 inches. With the variable rains, it has caused variability within wheat stands in the drier parts of the region. In areas without much rainfall, planting is further behind than most, with many waiting for moisture in the seedbed before planting.

For those who have received some moisture, small grains, canola, peas, flax, and even corn are beginning to emerge across the southwest. I have heard multiple reports of issues with wireworms in the past week. If you are starting to see some stand issues be sure to get out a shovel and investigate.

Even though there have been issues acquiring fertilizer, there are still plenty of anhydrous tanks out on the roads. Continue to be patient and give sprayers and anhydrous tanks the space they need on the roads.

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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