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Southwest ND (09/13/18)

Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

There are still a few wrapping up small grain harvest. Small grain yields across the region continue to be good. Soil moisture in the region continues to be highly variable, with some catching hail storms along with the rain. Row crops continue to mature, the recent scattered rains have come too late to help with yields. Last year most of the region was in severe drought, we now range from abnormally dry to moderate drought conditions. According to NDAWN Dickinson received 11.75 inches of rain from April 1st to September 10th this year, compared to 5.51 inches over the same time period in 2017.  Over the same time periods, Mott received 8.22 inches this year and had 5.86 inches last year. Hettinger has 10.32 inches this year and had 5.58 inches in 2017. While the moisture this year has not been ideal for all of the many crop species grown in southwestern ND, the forage situation in this part of the state is much better than last year, but some are still in need of hay.

In mid to late August, we planted cover crop species demonstration plots at both the Hettinger and the Dickinson Research Extension Centers. These plots show a wide range of cover crop species including warm and cool season crops, grasses, brassicas, legumes, and more. On October 19th, we will be having Cover Crop Workshops at both locations with Hettinger in the morning from 9-11am and Dickinson from 2:30-4:30 in the afternoon. If you have any questions about late season cover crops or you’d like to see what kind of growth is possible call or visit me at the Dickinson REC. For more information be sure to check the Dickinson REC website at

Ryan Buetow

Extension Cropping Systems Specialist

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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