WinField United Regional Agronomist Kyle Okke says dry in one part of North Dakota means something different in other parts of the state. In the west, that means extremely variable moisture. “Some farmers may not be able to get seed to germinate. In southwest North Dakota, we got a light rain in the last week and certain areas will see germination, but there are fields in other areas not fit to plant.” Okke says along Highway 281 and Highway 2 in North Dakota, there was a lot of prevent plant last year. Depending on the crop rotation and the stubble left in fields, there can be enough moisture. “Once you get further east, conditions are better, but the small grains stands are patchy. It will be an interesting year for crop management, rain pending. Fungicide season could be challenging.”
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