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Southwest ND (06/07/18)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Many have wrapped up sunflower planting in the past week and have been busy spraying. Heavy rain and hail fell across the region on May 31st along with heavy winds into the weekend. Rain was highly variable, NDAWN recorded 1.67 inch of rain in Dickinson from May 30th to June 5th with 1.39 inch falling on May 31st. Reports of up to 3 inches of rain falling in the Dickinson area. Down towards Hettinger, NDAWN recorded 0.40 inch over the same period. For some that received heavy rains, soil crusting may be an issue. According to the NDSU Soil Health website, crusting occurs when heavy rain strikes an unprotected soil surface, breaks down aggregates, and turns the top layer of soil into a uniform surface seal. This surface crust can be strong enough to inhibit water infiltration, seed emergence and can lead to increased erosion. For recently seeded fields this crusting could reduce stands due to the seedlings being unable to break through the crust.

Buetow

 

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

 

 

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