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Southwest ND (06/03/21)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota

According to NDAWN from May 1st to June 1st Dickinson had 4.18 inches of rain, Mott had 5.92 inches, Hettinger 4.46, Bowman 2.60, Amidon 4.39, Beach 2.07, Dunn 2.48, Hazen 1.63, and Mandan with 1.68 inches. There are pockets especially in a stretch from New England over to Mott that have water saturation stress along field edges. Thanks to no-till practices those that have received less than 3 inches in the past month still have decent stands of small grains. Due to a wide range in planting dates and moisture levels, wheat is varying in growth stage from just emerging, to 4 leaf, to tillering. While crop stands are looking surprisingly decent in areas low on moisture, with the upcoming heat it could really push into major crop stress.

                Alfalfa and hay fields are looking decent in the Dickinson area, however growth is behind from previous years. Sunflower planting is going strong. There has been a large amount of activity on the weed control front with weeds emerging following the timely rainfall.

                While the season is looking more optimistic for some in the region, there are still major concerns about drought stress, especially for those with livestock with some pockets receiving minimal rain compared to neighboring areas.

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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