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Southwest ND (5/11/17)

.Information from the Southwest region of North Dakota.

Southwest ND

This past weekend high winds and warm temperatures had some concerned about soil moisture, temperatures in Dickinson reached 90 °F on Sunday May 7th. After the heat on May 7th scattered rain showers fell across the region, according to NDAWN between May 7th and May 9th Beach recorded 0.34 inches of rain, however there were reports that some fields around Beach received around 2 inches. Rainfall has been very variable and most in the southwest are hoping for more rain for crop emergence, forages, and livestock water supply. Most are finished planting small grains, peas, and canola and some of the earlier planted crops are emerged. Corn and lentils are beginning to go in. It appears that many growers in the region plan to grow annual forages this year for hay as a cash crop.

Ryan Buetow

Area Extension Specialist/Cropping Systems

NDSU Dickinson Research Extension Center

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