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Southwest ND (05/27/21)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

The average rainfall for the past several months fell all at once for some in the southwest region over the past weekend. According to NDAWN from May 20th to May 25th Dickinson received 2.25 inches, Hettinger received 2.38, Mott received 3.37, Bowman 1.36, Amidon 1.65, and Beach with 0.28. There were some pockets that reportedly received 5 inches over a 3 day period. Those that received rain have some washouts and flooded portions of fields. Even with this heavy rainfall, many in the region need more moisture. For those in the Dickinson area we received enough to hold off major agronomic impacts of drought for a few weeks, but for winter annuals, perennials, and early seeded small grains there has already been loss or severe stunting of growth. With cold temperatures in the forecast it will be important to scout fields and to understand where the growing point is on the crop along with the crops ability to compensate for stand loss. Frost damage to wheat likely won’t need to be replanted due to the growing point being underground, where major frost damage to canola would likely call for a replant decision. Average bare soil temperatures according to NDAWN have been in the 50s for the past few days.

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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