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NDSU Crop & Pest Report May 2nd, 2017

County Agent Update

Danielle Steinhoff


NDSU Crop & Pest Report


North Dakota State University’s first 2017 publication of the Crop & Pest report was released on May 4th. These reports are available weekly and can get sent right to your email! It is simple to sign up to receive them, just go to www.ag.ndsu.edu/cpr to sign up. Well, now I have told you how to sign up, but let me tell you a little of what these reports is all included. These reports will have up-to-date weekly information on plant science, plant pathology, soils, weeds, horticulture, forestry and information from around the state. The information for the Northwest is written by Dr. Clair Keene, Area Cropping Systems Extension Specialist at the NDSU Williston Research Extension Center. Here is an example of what you can read about the NW; Very few farmers were able to start planting before Easter, but activity since then has picked up. Some of the first small grains went in the ground the week of April 17th and continued the week of the 24th. A little bit of snow, hopefully the last for the season, started the week of the 24th for many locations in NW ND. Since then, we haven’t had much rain, just a few scattered showers. Heavy snowfall over the winter recharged soil moisture through much of the soil profile across the region, but we are starting to get just a little dry at the soil surface. The forecast for the next few days looks great for planting. Temperatures will climb into the 70’s by Thursday (May 4th) and likely into the 80’s through Sunday. Higher temperatures along with sunny conditions will warm up the soil and encourage seeded crops to emerge quickly. With a chance of thunderstorms on Monday, acres seeded this week should get off to a good start.

This report puts out great information about the topic mentioned above, best of all it is free!


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